The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Back to the daily grind

So we're back in Tokyo after spending 1 week in Queensland: 2 nights in Cairns where there were so many Japanese people (and Japanese signs!) that it felt like we'd never left Japan; and the rest of the time in Brisbane where we met and hung out with lots of wonderful friendly Greek people and ate plenty of Greek food. The main highlight of Cairns for me was spotting crocodiles in the wild, and in Brisbane I experienced my first Greek wedding!

Of course I took hundreds of photos but they will take some time to organise before I can share them on my journal. In the meantime, here's a shot of us atop the canopy of the beautiful Daintree rainforest north of Cairns. (Friends and family back home in Australia have been bugging me to see photos of me looking pregnant, but I don't have many shots of me because my place is behind the camera, not in front of it.)

Enjoying the fresh rainforest air:

Speaking of looking pregnant, here are some amusing things I've noticed:

- I really ought to steer away from wearing light-coloured tops. My protruding belly (which I sometimes forget I have) catches dripping food and juices - a problem because I often don't eat at the table.
- I often bump my protruding belly on table corners, chairs and other waist-high objects as I walk "around" them because I do sometimes forget I have a belly now. And yes, it hurts when that happens!
- I don't really look pregnant if you look at me front-on, but my profile shows a definite pregnant belly. I suppose it's a good thing I'm not growing sideways instead!


  1. yay
    you know what that means....
    good genes...2-jie was the same (you couldn't tell she was pregnant from back or front...only sideways...)

  2. Re: yay
    Well, they say you can tell the baby's gender from the shape of a pregnant woman. And that particular prediction is actually true for this pregnancy (if the ultrasonographer was accurate in his analysis)! So if you know what that old wives' tale is (no, not the carrying high or low one because that is not true for my case), you'll know our baby's gender.