Wagga Wagga was not what we expected

I can’t believe this is the last day of our holiday. It’s gone so fast, yet slow at the same time. Since I discovered just yesterday that the aviation museum we’d planned to go to is closed on Fridays (how strange) Kevin had been keen for us to get our vaccine boosters (as numbers are currently going crazy with the new omicron variant just when most restrictions have been removed). We’d managed to get appointments here in Wagga Wagga for this morning at 10.15am.

I must say it was nice to have a truely relaxed morning, esp. since I’d been awake during the night and didn’t wake until 7am. I enjoyed some tea, wrote some blog posts and worked on a vlog. I also facetimed with Christy and the pups and watched some galahs trying to sit of the power lines – it was pretty funny as they kept on rolling over).A continental breakfast is provided in room so I made us some banana on toast for breakfast. 

Around 10am we drove into town to the hospital)and managed to find a parking spot. The line was out the door and looking long until Kevin happened to notice a seperate line for people with appointments. That certainly sped things up.

For some odd reason I was asked to swap out my disposable mask for a blue surgical mask. Of course, I discovered when I took it off that I’d had it on backwards !!! We checked in and got to play musical chairs. Instead of calling a number, or a name, everyone move along one chair every time someone went in for their needle. It was rather bizarre and seemed to go against covid safety to my way of thinking.

The whole thing including the waiting times took under 45mins do not too bad. We then headed to the Visitors Centre. So glad we did as we were able to pick some Christmas gifts and were given a token for a free ice cream from the van out front.

After enjoying our ice creams we drove (though could have easily walked) to the National Glass Art Museum. Not the normal thing we go to (Kevin’s not much of an art lover unless it has historical significance) but it was rated highly. When we walked in I wasn’t really sure why but the lower level has changing displays – this one was jewellery – and definitely not what I’d been expecting. However the upper level contains their permanent display and when definitely more enjoyable. Even Kevin liked a number of pieces.

After here we had a little walk around outside. This whole arts precinct is just lovely and they have to have the lowest library / location I’ve ever seen (in Australia at least). Wagga Wagga is definitely a stunning town and so much bigger than I’d expected. It reminds me a lot of Canberra. 

Next up was Wagga Beach. Not at all what we were expecting but the recent rains/floods had obviously destroyed the beach and now all that remained was mud (which quite a number of children seemed to be enjoying !!!). 

We were getting a little hungry by now by couldn’t get parking for my first lunch spot choice, however that turned out to be a good thing. We ended up at Trail St Coffee Shop and got a table outside. It was getting warmer but wasn’t too bad sitting in the shade. I ordered the cauliflower tacos made vegan and oh my word – they were one of the best things I have ever eaten – though they were rather messy to eat. Not the healthiest since the cauliflower was crumbed and fried but it was definitely well worth the indulgence. Probably good I can’t access this cafe on the regular. Kevin had corn fritters with hollumi and really enjoyed that too.

We then headed to probably our last IGA of the trip. I was wanting to get some vegan brie – but Kevin chose an IGA out of town and in the suburbs so they didn’t have many vegan options at all. I’d said to go the closest one, but he chose the biggest one. Oh well, we did find some Gardein Mandarin chicken – which we bought to take home and have for dinner back in Wollongong.

Kevin was keen to head back to the cabin now since it was getting hotter and my feet were feeling pretty swollen so I wasn’t too opposed. I had wanted to stop down by a river area we had seen on our drive in this morning but we didn’t pass the same area on our way back out of town.

The rest of the afternoon was spent blogging and finally finishing a vlog. Kevin had/tried to have a nap. Around 5pm we put some YouTube on. Later we ordered dinner to be delivered. We got dumplings – which were so delicious. We had potato dumplings (which I haven’t had before) and mushroom dumplings. So yummy.

We were treated to a lovely last holiday sunset tonight and some some cute goats way off in the distance.

We had a bath around 8pm before heading the bed. So far the only effects of the booster have been sore arms.

The next day we were up, packed and on the way about 7am.

We stopped for breakfast at Olivers (since their breakfast burgers are so good) and to charge.

There was another brief stop at the Goulburn bakery to buy some of their amazing Turkish bread, before we drove the rest of the way home

where we were very warmly greeted by the pups (& Christy). We got the car unpacked and relaxed for the rest of the day.