Facebook does it again and reunites some friends across the oceans. The Russells of Hinsdale had left for London back in 2012 for a short stint across the pond. Then the pond turned into the ocean and they have ended up in Brisbane. Well, perfect for us. Not much to do in Singapore anyway and if we were already over here why not visit another continent. Maddy was tired of the big, noisy cities anyway.
The Russells welcomed us with open arms and wonderful BBQ (on short notice) into their vacation style home in Ashbury. Turns our the neighborhoods outside of Brisbane look just like Marin County. No wonder the girls love it so much.
We also arrived just in time to help with the unpacking of their goods from London. Perfect timing. Mike and Ben haven't put together a piece of furniture since helping Leelie's parents in Addis Ababa with a dining room table and they needed their hex key fix. Maddy and Izzy are handy with box cutters and can sort Tupperware with the best of them. It was the most productive day we have had thus far on our trip. I loved it.