Our little household in the Western Suburbs of Sydney has been in a state of chaos and activity this past week, and its finally over. Silence has returned, order is slowly appearing again.
A week ago, two Japanese exchange students arrived, guesting with us for a week. Normally for the four of us, the house is just big enough whereby we don’t trip over each other. With two extra people, it was a squeeze. My daughter volunteered her room, which over a mini-makeover housed our two guests.
The language barrier not withstanding, just the nature of the respective cultural differences; it took three days to find a happy medium by which everyone knew their place. The most contentious of course was the single bathroom with everyone needing to compromise.
For our part, we treated the girls as we did our own children and didn’t have one set of rules for our kids and another for the guests. For their part, they were polite, kind and always courteous ( almost to an excess ).
We introduced them the lots of good ol’ Aussie stuff. They enjoyed meat pies, we ate at the pub where they enjoyed a large steak and endless salad bar, we cooked a roast dinner and even ordered in pizzas one night as we were to exhausted to cook.
Unfortunately for myself, I took ill with the Flu over the weekend and self-quarantined myself from everyone so as to not pass it on. I’m glad though that the main highlight, a visit to Featherdale Wildlife park was a great success. While they had brought smartphones with them to take photos, I clicked away with my Nikon Digital SLR and at the end of the day, provided both of them with a USB key each with over 300 photos of all the cute and furry animals.
Its been an hour since they left; I was able to have a shower in peace, I started to put my daughters room back in order and I’m slowly on the mend.
Overall it was an amazing experience and something that we’ll be open to in future again. Though with more notice we would have been able to plan better and organise things a little more.