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Lovely Day with Her

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 22 September 2017 | Views [497]

Anikka and I had yet to do anything by ourselves before today. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, and she suggested we take the bus into the city and go to the South Australian Museum. I was keen to visit the Royal Geographic Society of South Australia but it closes at 1 PM and is closed for the next three days, so I'll have to save it for a future visit. I can't do anything without my morning coffee, so that's always a priority. Mel has about the coolest coffee machine around so there's no need to worry about $1 coffees at 7-Eleven. Miss Double-K and I got moving, and after picking up some of her favourite juice infused with green vegetables and fruits we were on the B10 bus into the city. Our first stop of the day was the Adelaide Central Market.

I've been to many markets all round the world but each market is different. Along with the usual fruits and vegetables, there's a large food court.

The market is adjacent to Chinatown, where we explored our eating options. Anikka is a vegetarian and we opted for a feed at Soonta, where we got Vietnamese salad. I got a roast chicken salad with soy sauce whilst she got a tofu and shiitake mushroom salad. Along with that, we got bubble (boba) tea. Tapioca has always been a favourite of mine; boba comes from the tapioca plant.

Anikka is beautiful and lovely, and I fall in love with her more each day! For now, Anikka and I are just very good friends but you never know, it could blossom into something more someday. However, even if all we ever are is only friends, I'm completely content with that. Anikka makes me a better person and leaves me feeling loved. In a complete state of bliss I was whilst we ate, Anikka makes me feel radiant.

It's heard to believe she's never been out of Australia, but she's getting a passport for her birthday. The other day I noted how the universe causes things for us to align and how we're in certain places for a reason. In October '14, I was in Bali and I wanted to fly to Melbourne or Perth, but had no choice but to fly into Darwin because it was the only flight to Australia that I could afford. Literally, I landed in Australia with about $50 in my pocket and close to zero sense of direction. Whilst I tried to make things work in Darwin, it was too hot and I started having heat-related health problems. From there, I planned on moving to Perth but instead turned around after spending a few unexpected extra days in Kunnanurra with Holger and Sabine, another really awesome couple of people I've met. In turning around with a destination of Melbourne instead of Perth, I was picked up in Mataranka by Jo and that's where our friendship began; she and I remain friends after all this while. After trying to convince me to do the trip with her to Melbourne, I stuck to my guns and spent time in Adelaide, where I met Anikka. Meeting her gives me justification for not going with Jo.

After a sumptuous lunch, Anikka set out for her yoga class whilst I opted to do some geocaching. I just couldn't stop smiling as I searched for the "little boxes." All around Australia, I've found geocaches named after Mary MacKillop, a famous Australian nun. Very near a cache named in her honour is a statue of her.

Perhaps I should read more about her, but I wonder why caches are named after her and not, say, Banjo Patterson or Roy Cazaly. As the weather cooled, I couldn't stop thinking of Miss Double-K. Anikka truly has my heart. The first couple of days I was here I was a bit sad but things have come right; I couldn't ask for a better friendship. After we reconvened, Anikka and I held hands and hugged, and got ready to go back to her home. Walking hand in hand for awhile, the bus came straight away.

Anikka and her family have cooked for the past few nights, so tonight I'm working my magic in the kitchen. Miss Double-K asked if I could make my zucchini bread so I made sure to do exactly that just for her. Both that and my soup were award-winners this evening, as they always are.

After an emotional first couple of days, things have righted their course. Now, all I can do is smile! A friendship with Anikka is like gold to me! Anikka and I smiled the entire evening, talking about what a lovely day we had. Today is the best day I've shared with Anikka, and I love her with all my heart...

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