November 2016
  • Day6

    Picnic at sunset

    November 6, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Its probably been 16 plus years since I last saw Tiaan Hanekom. It was absolutely random to find out he's friends with Carmien and Dobbo. Was really nice to catch up with him and his wife Minshe today.
    Isabel is in heaven with another picnic on the menu, this time at the Manly Wharf.

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  • Day6

    Nanny meets friend

    November 6, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Reconnecting with Emma, is one of the highlights of our trip so far. I lived in Hammersmith with the Empson family for a little over a year. I looked after Nicki, Liza & Emma they were my little sisters. The four of us had loads of fun together, my fondest memories are going to the park, Nutella sandwiches & watching Home & Away after tea. How ironic that we went to Palm beach where they film " Home & Away" yesterday. I left London January 2004 to go to uni, thats the last time we saw each other.

    Great to see how Emma turned into a smart & beautiful young women. We both share a passion for travel & diving so it was amazing to hang out. Great to hear everyone is doing well.

    Unbelievable that my facebook post in Manly connected us.

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  • Day6

    Surf vs Serve

    November 6, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We had the privilege to join Dobbo and Carmien at St Mathews church in Manly for a beautiful message from pastor Scott Petty.

    He started the message explaining that anywhere else in the world the second question you get after "whats your name?" when you meet someone new is "what do you do?". However in Manly the second question usually is "do you surf 🏄?".

    He then said equally as a christian you should be asked different second question from others and that is: "Do you serve?" If you don't serve you would be unbalanced as a non surfer would be on a surfboard.

    The mission of this church is: Growing Gods church through the Gospel. This mission is build on 3 pillars of which #3 is Service.
    - Bible & Prayer
    - Community
    - Service

    The scripture was Acts 6: 1-7

    > Service is not for everyone - the apostle was not able to do everything so they focused on teaching the message of the gospels and they delegated tasks like service of food to other mature brothers in Christ.
    > Every christian is a minister, service is for everyone - each of us has a responsibility to serve in our churches, our circle of friends, at work and wherever we go, as this shines God's light if we do so.

    Serving can take on a lot of different forms and doesn't necessarily require us to preach and pray to everyone.

    God has laid it in my heart today that we have a responsibility to serve even on our travels. First of all no matter where the road takes us we need to shine God's light. Secondly we need to serve our friends that we visit all around the world with words of encouragement and simple things like baby sitting in-order for them to get some much needed alone time together etc.

    I pray today that God will use us to serve on this trip. That God will show us what our friends need and how we can serve them. I thank God for the opportunity to embark on this journey. Amen 🙏

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  • Day5

    Night out in Sydney CBD

    November 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    The Manly ferry must be one of the highlights for any tourist in Sydney. There is no better vantage point to see the Sydney harbour bridge and the Opera House from, and that only for AUS$7.50.

    Dobbo and Carmien joined us for a sunset cruise on the public ferry to the CBD. The sunset over the Sydney harbour was beautiful.

    We had a couple of drinks in town and had our first taste of kangaroo and Emo on a pizza.

    The nights in Sydney cool down significantly, we will have to get use to it again. Isabel constantly needs to carry her jacket with her just in case. I find it refreshing that things cool down at night.

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  • Day5

    Jam packed Saturday with the Dobbinsons

    November 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We started the day with a breakfast of champions at the Boat House in Manly and then made our way to Palm beach where we hiked up to the lighthouse and chilled on the beach, before heading back to Manly.

    On the way back we had a cheeky picnic at Avalon beach.

    Unbelievable that we have been on the road for 35 days already! It feels like no more than a week.

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  • Day4

    Friday happy hour run

    November 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Nothing beats a run with picturesque views like this. I picked the Wharf side for our 5km. Loads of people are kicking of the weekend with a picnic on the grass. The ferry is hooting in the background, Youngsters are laughing& smashing beer. Fun to experience the vibe this way, a lot of people is on their way somewhere, on 🚲 , skateboards or little "skopfietsies".

    This is a hell of an upgrade from treadmill runs on the cruise ship.

    We had a quick shower& went for a drink at the buzzing Wharf bar, it was soo buzzy I managed to lose my voice. We met some of Dobbo's friends& had a great time soaking up the atmosphere in Manly.

    In Manly anything goes!! The laid back vibe is amazing.

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  • Day4

    Watsons bay - Doyle fish and chips

    November 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The Doyle family first opened their doors in Watsons Bay in 1885. Since then and for over 5 generations, the Doyle family have been proudly serving Australian Seafood.

    We were told about this gem of a place in Sydney but found it completely unplanned on our way from Bondi Beach to Manly.

    And we found it just in time as we both were starving after taking 2 wrong busses to get to Watsons bay, it took an hour longer than planned.

    What a treat snacking on good fish and chips while waiting for the ferry.

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  • Day4


    November 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Bondi is hip & happening, clearly the place to be seen in Sydney.

    The Bondi to Bronte walk is along the ocean with dramatic cliffside scenery. It was congested due to the annual sea sculptures exhibition, but we saw some interesting & very random art work, my favourite was the upside down rhino. We grabbed an amazing coffee & watched the surfers.

    Lots of arty shops&juice bars etc around which I popped in while waiting for the 380 bus 🚌 ;sooo we figured out there are VARIOUS 380's ( 380a&b) indicated in VERY tiny print & all do not terminate in Wadsons bay. It lead to some frustration for some more than others😛as we hopped on and off a few times, just to figure out

    A journey is not a journey without a detour or 2!!

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  • Day4

    Quick lower back procedure

    November 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We had a lovely night at Andre and Mel Smith last night and over a couple of 🍻🍷 Isabel said she is worried about my back giving me trouble on our hike in NZ.

    Andre suggested that we come into work with him so Dr Glen Schlaphoff (also from SA) can have a look at my back and maybe give me a cortisone injection.

    And just like that, it got done this morning, I am already feeling some plain relief, hope this works and my back and hip pain is a thing of the past.

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  • Day3

    Manly to spit hike

    November 3, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we actually prepared for a hike and packed a bag with water and snack plus had the right shoes and head gear to do a hike.

    We walked from Manly to Castle Rock on the Manly to Spit trail. Lovely that they have hikes like this in the heart of a big city like Sydney, this beats central park in NYC by a mile. Beautiful coastal walk with amazing lookout points.

    It was surprising hot and we were baffled with the amount of flies everywhere and o my greatness they love try to sit on you face and especially your lips. Isabel constantly said, "nee" or "gaan weg" but they don't listen. I think its just because these Aussie flies don't understand afrikaans 😜. I created a make shift fly swatter by putting a sweat towel under my cap, it worked like a charm to keep me cool and keep the flies away.

    We hiked 8km to castle rock then caught a bus back to manly to meet the Westwood's for an awesome burger at Benbry Burgers. Clay has been raving about these burgers since we met on the cruise, was nice to go try it out with him.

    Between today and yesterday we nearly walked 25km so I think we will be fine for the hike in NZ next week where we will do 52km in 4 days.

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