Last weekend we had friends of ours while we were in Australia come visit. We all left Brisbane around the same time, and we had extra room in our shipment so they put a couple things in our shipment, and came down to get their stuff, see us, and have a babymoon. We had so much fun showing our friends around in our new life.
They flew in Friday evening. We met them on the beach with our favorite food in Melbourne, Seafood Station. It is the best seafood to grab, head to the beach, and have a picnic. Think butter, garlic, and seafood, cant go wrong. After we had dinner we grabbed some decaf coffee, headed to the beach and just talked and laughed for a while, before heading back to Palm Bay.
Saturday morning, we went to work and they headed to the beach, after stopping by Glass Doctor and having a quick lesson in glass. Sunday morning we started the day with a nature tour on the Banana River (which is a lagoon). We saw manatees, dolphins, birds, and more. We went with a group called Wilside Tours. They were amazing. I would recommend them to everyone. (321-799-5495)
After some river time we headed to the beach. Have to go to the crowded beach at least once to say you have been to Cocoa Beach.
Next, we headed back to the backwaters and went looking for gators. We saw a lot, little ones and big ones. The odd thing I thought was all the cows just standing and grazing in the water we were seeing gators in. We went out to Long Cabbage Fish Camp, a place with live music and a real just country/chill feel.
After that, they needed to see the beach one last time. We headed out there and just talked and laughed for about three hours. We took them to Squid Lips for one last chance of seafood. It is the best little atmosphere place, a sand beach on the river side that has live music and is very relaxed.
It was so much fun having them here. I can not tell you how long it has been since we have laughed that hard. It was nice to have friends who understand what we are going through moving back to The States. It was amazing to have friends who understood and had the same experiences we had not in The States. We are slowly making friends in Melbourne, but making friends stateside has been SO much harder than overseas. Overseas, you meet another American and you have a quick bond. Here everyone has busy lives, already has their friends, and we work tons and tons of hours. Having them here really made both of us realize we need to put more effort into making new friends here. Friends are just good for the soul.