Response: This coming from you!! How many times did I check yours in the 9 weeks I was away and you hadn't written anything?? Good to see you've caught up on Rome now. Bet you are having an awesome tim in New York - you might find a change or two in your room when you get back cause I've kinda spread my stuff out a bit......he he he
Response: Actually mum, I called you both times....... Good to finally have some messages!! Won't be long til I see you all at Christmas - 2 weeks now!!
Response: Glad to hear you are over the jet lag now!! Not looking forward to it when I get home - hope I don't sleep through Christmas!! Budapest is beautiful, I like it even better than Prague and I will definitely be back here one day!! Courtney's right here and I'm keeping her in line!!
Response: It´s great over here!! I have lots of things to reccomend you do when you get here!! Have´nt even needed any of my cold weather clothes yet and I was walking around in a T shirt today!! Can´t wait to see you in Rome!!
Response: Yeah, yeah, yeah.....
I know i'm slack, but i've been busy!! i promise!! Glad you like the photos, indisputible proof that I am still alive (just in case the weekly phone call didn't tell you that!!).
Not long now until you are over here yourself!! Can't wait to see you - which reminds me, YOU haven't sent ME any pictures in all this time have you?? except for the christmas ones, but they don't count because i'm in them!!
I'm glad I haven't changes too much, except of course for the heathrow injection!! he he he
Love you and can't wait to see you!!
PS. Is dad wearing the england shirt I sent him for his bday?? If not you have to make him!! He has to fit in when he gets over here!!
Response: No trips to Germany planned....but I am going to Egypt!!! Saw Courtney on the weekend, she just as annoying as ever lol. How's uni going?? Studying hard I hope (but not too hard)!!
Say hi to everyone for me
Response: Ok, ok i'm finally updating the journal - mum's been on my back too!! Speaking of backs, I think I should be entitled to keep anything I choose considering all the effort I went to to get that giant box up the stairs!! If you keep sending me such big parcels from SE Asian countries, people will start to think I'm smuggling drugs or something!!
Take lot's of photos of cambodia for me cause i've always wanted to go there!! xx oo
Response: Of course I wore myself out this weekend daddy!! who needs sleep??
Great to talk to you (twice) on the weekend and catch up on what's going on at home. Thank you for the money, even though I don't even know if it's come through successfully yet - i'll have to hide it from Jacqui when she gets here!!
Response: 11 items of clothing?? What about the two boxes full that you have already sent to me?? You don't need THAT many clothes here any more - it's not so cold now!!
I can't wait for you to hurry up and get your butt over here either!! Who cares about beaches in Thailand, we had a sunny day today so we can match anything you've got over there!! ;-)
Take care and stay away from birds that look sick, and stay away from the beach in case they have another tsunami, and watch out for SARS, as a matter of fact, why don't you just come here now??
Response: G'day mum, sorry i've been so slack about writing things on here, but it's just so much more interesting to read about Jacqui's adventures!! I will write more though to stop you bugging me so much - just kidding. Anyway, take care and keep sending me messages and emails cause I miss you heaps!!
Response: How cool is that?? Tell them they're not missing much - it's still raining here in Wiltshire!!
I love reading about your travel adventures in Thailand, though the talk of Thai food is making me jealous!! All that working sounds like its doing you good, but don't forget about the Heathrow injection - it is real!! I got a letter today from Jenna with some of her pictures from Thailand, don't forget to send me yours!!
Response: Hello!! It's great to hear from you. I am having a great time here and I've seen a little bit of the country. I am hoping to go and see Portsmouth in the next couple of weeks (on your advice!!).
Take care and enjoy yourselves!! You'll be leaving on the big 4WD adveture up north soon won't you???
Love Ali xx oo
Response: How special do you think you are cousin Derek?? I'm just a poor volunteer!!
It's great to hear from you both, I hope everything is great where you are. Can you believe that Jacqui is leaving on Friday?? Mum and Dad won't have to put up with her at home, but I'll have to put up with her when she gets over here!! I must admit that I am actually looking forward to that!!
PS. Don't forget that you're coming over for a BBQ in summer!!
Response: No more ice dream?? That's a tragedy!! I used to love that show.
Nice to hear you get some of the interesting sports, I mainly get the curling over here. Everyone seems to take it so seriously and they show nearly whole matches!! I have seen some of the snowboarding (which is AWESOME!!) and some of the figure skating too. Also in the last few days I've seen a little skiing and the skeleton too (Britain was horrified by only getting 5th place in the mens)
I think you should write to channel seven and abuse them!! The best thing about being over here is that I don't have to put up with Joanna Griggs and Bruce. I get to listen to a scottish lady with a lovely accent (which makes up a little for the excess of curling)
Enjoy the skiing!!
Ali xx oo
Response: I know you can wake me up - I got one of your messages at 2am!! I wasn't asleep though cause I had stayed up watching movies.
I can't believe you will be over here so soon because you still haven't planned anything!! Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself - not partying too hard I hope!! Get used to the rain cause its been raining here all week!! Who needs sunshine?? I just hope it's a nice day when I go to Cardiff on Sunday. I'm taking some residents to an ice show and I'm very excited!!
Hope you don't have too many of those horrible night shifts left!!
See ya later jacket potater!! Love Ali
Response: Hey there,
No valentines for me this year but I did get a post card from my Aunty and Uncle and a letter from my grandparents - so I am loved!! Good luck with starting uni and moving to Sydney. It sounds so exciting!! Still no sign of Prince Harry or cedric, but its only Feb - we still have all year!! Maybe I can join the British army or something!!
Take care and have fun!!
Cherry xx oo
Response: Oh, yeah I did see them didn't I?? I won't rub it in - not too much anyway!! They are heaps better in person than on SBS, but don't worry because I will come and see them with you again - even if I do have to pay!!
You must be getting so excited about starting uni, I have faith in your abilities to knuckle down and work hard!! Besides, I can still nag you and keep you in line from over here, can't I??
Thanks for your message, lots of love and all the best, Ali xx oo xx oo
PS. It would be awesome if you could com visit. Do you still work at the Kavon, Magenta my dear?? Or were you Columbia??
Response: Only 8 shifts?? Wow, it still feels so far away!! Lets just murder vodaphone ok?? Courtney thinks it would be good revenge to bring the whole company down and I agree!! I bet Jen is having a ball and I'm a teeny bit jealous though we have had two beautiful sunny days in a row (shock horror!!). I miss Riley too, but now I have some pictures of him to hang on my wall!!
Take care and start planning this holiday of yours ok?? 8 shifts is not a long time!! Remember, I have given you a maximum of two weeks (no more than an hour in each tourist site), because you need to come and see me. I am far more important than backpacking around Asia, and as if you wouldn't want to experience the English food and weather!!
Love Ali xx oo
PS. I'm going to come meet you at the airport - won't that be exciting!!
Response: Hey there,
I'm still looking for Prince Harry - you never know, we might get lucky. Thanks for your big hug, I am missing hugs from everyone!! Good luck with moving, you will love uni I'm sure!! No fear right??
Response: At the moment I would swap this for 4o degree heat because we have had a vicious cold snap in the last week but it still didn't bring any snow!! I had to sleep for a few nights with thermals under my pjs, 3 pairs of socks, another jumper and an extra blanket on my bed because our rooms get cold up on the top floor. The cold has eased a bit now, but the worst thing was that we got some beautiful sunny days but couldn't go out to enjoy them because you would freeze!! Its the first really cold weather I've experienced here.
Glad too here you didn't lose too much money at the casino. I haven't been to any over here (yet) but I have heard that you need to be a member and get a special card to go in. I have been playing poker fairly successfully with friends from the village so I will know which table to head for if I do go to the casino!!
Ali xx oo
Response: Hey Bec,
Good luck looking for your new car. I miss driving heaps because it is so much easier to get around!! The roads here are so winding and narrow that I would probably have about a million crashes though!!
Don't work too hard, and don't let those students boss you around too much!!
Response: I had forgotten that Shae would be Dr Carter!! (speaking of which I am excited because I get to watch ER reruns everyday at lunch time!!)
I am very glad to hear that Angus is watching the Australian Open, I have really missed it but got to watch the men's final.
Lots of Love
Response: Congratulations!! You must be so happy, only problem is that we will be in different cities for university!! I told you not to stress about it didn't I?? Who should you listen to then??
What is wrong with my spelling and tenses? Sorry if I can't be bothered editing everything I write, but you try typing messages when there is a ghost outside the door!! I wonder how good ur spelling wood b....
Go celebrate your success!!!
Response: Be strong Hazel and tell tgose slackers to send you my email!!
Congrats on getting Business at Newcastle, I am sure you will really enjoy it. That was your first preference wasn't it?? You should be so proud!!
I am glad that Europe is on your agenda - you will have to dust off those yr 10 french books and start practising!! Will you get cheaper holidays now?? Are you still hoping to go to Korea and Hong Kong (and all of the other places in Asia you said you wanted to visit)??
Nice to hear from you,
PS. I haven't tried the bangers and mash yet, but I will vouch for the cheesy chips and muchy peas. The shepherds and cottage pie are also pretty good. The food here is a bit institutional, but isn't too bad. I mainly get my own meals and only have a cooked lunch!!