04.30.2007 -17 °C
The next morning, JD & I got up fairly early and wandered down the street from our hotel to a little coffee shop/breakfast place to have something to eat together. I was the first time that we had left the group alone. The town was just waking up and it was very quiet. It was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining brightly and the air was fresh. We ate our small breakfast and headed back to the hotel. The group was almost ready to head out for the afternoon. It isn’t a very big city, and really, the only reason we went there was because it ‘belonged’ to the family so we weren’t sure what there was to do. We wandered down the main street, passed the place where JD & I had eaten breakfast, passed lots of little shops. We went into a museum to see if there was anything on the history of Albury. They wanted to find out if there really was any connection to the name of the city and the family name. We couldn’t find much information on it. We think that it was named after a boat…but not totally sure. I stopped at a small t-shirt store and had a pink baby tee made up for my niece with a little koala bear on it. We then made our way over to the Albury Botanical Gardens.
The sun had disappeared and it had cooled off a little bit more. It started to rain a little bit but it only lasted a minute or two, and then stopped again. We wandered around the gardens a bit and took some more pictures. There was this one area of bamboo shoots that were all carved by people. It was kind of sad to see the things all carved up, but it also looked kind of cool because they were ALL carved…
After the gardens, we decided to head back to the hotel and find a place to go for supper. The people at the hotel told us that there was a good restaurant across the street from the hotel so we decided to go there. We walked over and were sat at our tables. When the menus came, they weren’t in English! Since we couldn’t tell what anything was on the menu (other than expensive) Bonnie, Sarah & myself just asked if we could get spaghetti with sauce. JD ordered some strange German beer but didn’t finish it because he said it was gross. It HAS to be gross for him not to drink it!! We ate our supper then just headed back to the hotel. When I got back, I found a note under our room door from the front desk. Earlier in the day, I had tried to call a friend of mine that lived in Melbourne, about 3hrs south of Albury. She had called back while we were out and said that she and her husband Micheil were going to drive up to Albury to see me! YAY!! The only problem was that it was really late already and they were still 3hrs away! They didn’t end up getting to our hotel till about 1:30am and only got to visit for a little bit. Micheil had to be at work very early the next morning so they couldn’t stay over. It was so great to see her and catch up. It had been years since we had last seen each other. And I finally got to meet her husband. They stayed till about 3am then left. It was sooooo great to see them. And it made staying up half the night well worth it.