Friday for lunch, I went with some of my coworkers to City Zen on King William Street in the city. We usually get sushi, but we changed it up and got yam cha. I never had yam cha before, and I didn't know what to expect. As I just figured out from my web searches, "yam cha" is often called "diim sum" in the US and the UK.
For me, an easy way to describe it is Chinese tapas. You order a whole bunch of small dishes for the table, and everybody shares.
The meal started with jasmine-infused green tea. It was cold in the restaurant, so it really warmed me up.
I was also upset during the meal since I had a nasty confrontation with a coworker just before going to lunch, so that probably affected the experience. I guess not everybody in an office can be perfectly nice (but I'm lucky that most of the people in mine are just wonderful).
While waiting on hold for 45 minutes and sandwiching the phone between my ear and my shoulder (I know that I could have put it on speaker, but my washing machine was on the loud spin cycle. I needed the phone at my ear.), I prepared hot cross buns for breakfast. I'm actually not sure if we have these in the US or not. Does anybody want to share their wisdom? They are only available during the Easter period, and they are semi-sweet tasting buns.
Al loves them so much that he bought several packages of them this year and put them in the freezer. I'm surprised he even let me eat them.
We saw it, and I absolutely loved it. I want to go see it again. And again. It was my kind of movie. I love fantasy and science fiction, so I was in heaven. I also bought a regular-sized popcorn, which should really be a large popcorn, and Al and I finished the whole thing. I still wanted something to eat when I came home, so I ate cereal. Don't you ever just want cereal for dinner?
Today, there was the Million Paws Walk right by our place. Hundreds of people from all over the Adelaide area brought their dogs to the river and walked them to raise money for the RSPCA. The RSPCA does lots of wonderful things, but they most importantly work to prevent animal cruelty around Australia.
You would have to tie me up to keep me away from hundreds of dogs a block away from my apartment, so I wandered outside after breakfast to say hello to my furry friends.
We drove to the Waterfall Gully car park and hiked up Mt Lofty.
Mt Lofty sounds like a cute little hill, but let me tell you something. The hike is HARD.
We started, as we did before, at the Waterfall Gully.
Here is some advice if you want to do the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike:
- Dress like you are going to the gym. Wear gym shoes or hiking boots, and please, please do not wear jeans. You will sweat and will be so uncomfortable in anything that is not workout pants or shorts. I've seen people in boots and jeans. Please do not do that to yourself.
- Bring water. You will need it on the way up. There are no drinking fountains on the trail, and you can't buy anything until you get to the summit.
- We always bring a light and small backpack for our phones, keys and water.
- Be prepared for the fact that the hike up (and down) is not as easy as you think it will be. It's not an easy stroll through the woods.
- Take your time going up. You may be in good shape, but you will still struggle unless you are used to steep hills.
I hope all of you had wonderful weekends! I can't believe I only have two more weeks of work. Crazy.