19th June, 2012
the morning we first cleaned our camper. After we started to drive
towards Darwin. We wanted to go to several Billabongs, but
unfortunately the hiking tracks were closed. At Fogg Dam we had more
luck and made two walks through the Nature Reserve. We got
accompanied by some butterflies and birds. After we ate our last food
Konrad wanted to cross the dam to a bird observation tower. It was
noon and I thought this is a bad idea as it was very hot in the sun.
We then crossed the dam with the camper and saw, that it was closed
for walking due to crocodiles. But we still managed to enjoy the many
water birds from the observation platform.
Darwin we went back to Apollo to ask where there is a car wash
nearby. They explained us we only need to wash it if it is very
dirty. As this was not the case, everything went very fast.
kind taxi driver drove us to the airport. At 35 °C we entered the
airplane and at cool 4 °C we left it in Melbourne. We booked in the
same motel when we arrived and thus we fast were again in the warm.
29th February, 2012
at 8.45pm I was at the bus stop. In a few minutes the shuttle bus
should arrive. The minutes passed and I waited and waited. After 25
minutes the bus appeared. The traffic should be the reason and some
more stops are required. I thought: “Come on, that will run short
on the airport”. Everybody around me was nervous as they have to do
the check-in even earlier than I. On the airport the idea was to as
fast as possible get the backpack and get to the counter. I got there
just on time and should go immediately to the plane. At the gate they
said the plane arrived late and thus boarding will be in 15 minutes.
OK, somehow everything is a bit late today. After a bit more than an
hour we landed in Melbourne. Here I had 40 minutes to change flight.
The nice lady next to me said I should take the backpack. So I was
the first leaving the plane and I could have a breather before
getting into the next plane. Another three hours of flight were
ahead. Shortly before landing there were many air holes and slowly I
got a bit sick. No wonder as I did not eat anything except crisps and
two cookies. Unfortunately I did not find anything without wheat in
the hurry. In Perth I could again wait for half an hour for the
shuttle bus. The first one said that my destination is not on his
tour and I should take the next one in a few minutes. Around 4
o'clock I arrived at the hostel. It took a while until they found my
reservation. Tired from travelling I put my luggage into the room. I
just wanted to check where I will get the car tomorrow. I started
walking equipped with the city map. I soon found the office of Hertz.
As it was not yet late I went to the Kings Park. That was a good
idea. There is a beautiful view about the northern part of Perth.
While walking in the park, I saw three wedding couples. OK, the date
is very special. A couple had its ceremony in the park with view to
the city. I sat down in the grass, watched them and remembered me of
my own wedding. As it is 3 hour later as in Tasmania I was now very
hungry. Around the corner I saw a Japanese and as I love sushi, I
went there. I was a bit overstrained by the big assortment they
offered. A kind Japanese recommended a sushi with chicken and avocado
served with a sweet-and-sour plum sauce. Lovely! Then I went tired
back to the hostel.
5th February, 2012
flew to Sydney after Petra and I had to depart in the airport of
Melbourne. Once arrived I got into the city by train and then by taxi
to my new home in Woollahra. That is half way between center and
Bondi Beach. Thomas welcomed me as he was on duty. After lunch
Andreas joined us. He slept in. In the afternoon he guided me to
downtown. I learned that I have to take bus 389 which stops just in
front of our house. I bought a big city map to be able to orientate
myself. With the ferry we departed between Harbour Bridge and the
opera house, heading towards Watsons Bay. On the way we saw the house where
Petra and I will live after beginning of April. OK, we did not know
exactly which one was it, but it must be one on the west side of
Double Bay. After we left the ferry we went walking. From the South
Head we enjoyed the view back to downtown and out into the Tasmanian
Sea. The bus brought us back via the crowded Bondi Beach. And
tomorrow I have to start working.
4th February, 2012
we packed everything in the backpack, we visited the rest of
Melbourne. We passed the library and went to see China town. Next
stop was St. Patricks Cathedral, the catholic one. We enjoyed the
chill in Lord's house, as it was warm outside and already in the
morning the sun was burning on the skin. On the way to the aquarium
we saw here and there a wedding and our one returned to mind. In the
aquarium we marvelled at many foreign fishes. Here we also found the
crocodile from Maru Koala Park which was on holiday here. It will go
back when its new home will be finished.
get a bit distance to the city we walked in the Fitzroy Gardens.
There we visited Cooks Cottage. This is the house where the explorer
James Cook was born. It was moved to Australia. It is a small English
cottage and they show how the people lived back then and told about
the voyages of the sailor. In the park we could everywhere read that
we should not feed possums as they then multiply and damage the
the evening we had again an appointment with Zoe and went into a
Japanese restaurant. It reminded more at a beach bar than at a
restaurant, but was very cosy. Despite the full stomach we decided to
have a dessert in the Italian barrier. Brunetti had a big assortment
of culinary delights which we immediately tested. We gladly accepted
the suggestion of Zoe to drive us to the hotel at the airport.
3rd February 2012
I did not master yet the Australian washing-machines and
tumble-dryers. Yesterday evening I washed the clothes and then
realized that there is still washing powder on the cloth. I tried to
wash it out by hand, but not very successfully. Also with the dryer:
according to the hostel crew 30 minutes should be enough for drying.
But also here the dryers are not faster than at home
we brought the car back as Melbourne is easier to get around with
walking. First we visited the nearby Queen Victoria Market. On this
huge market you may buy everything from food to souvenirs. We bought
some fresh but expensive fruits. As the summer was bad here, the
prize for fruits and vegetables is higher. But generally speaking
Australia is as expensive as Switzerland.
is a free tram line circling around downtown. To explore the city we
rode about half of the tour. I realized how much the area of the
dockland developed. When I was here last time, there was very little.
Now there are many new buildings and a new stadium. At the Federation
Square in the center of Melbourne we dropped off. We visited the
Pauls Cathedral. As we like to walk we went to the Royal Botanic
Garden. It is huge and makes the impression of a local recreation
area. After a nap in the park we wanted to see Melbourne with eagle
eyes. The elevator took us to floor 88 of Eureka Tower. At nearly 300
m the city is very impressive to look at.
the evening we met Zoe, a friend of Konrad from his Dublin times. As
she had to work longer it was quite late when we met. So we had to
look for something to eat. We found a Korean restaurant. We ordered
meat for the table grill. Konrad took beef tongue, Zoe and I two
different kind of chicken. One was tender and lovely. The other
tasted like a chewing gum and was not really edible.