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  • Day115

    Canberra City

    February 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    This was a strange place. It didn’t exist in 1900 other than as a sheep station in the middle of nowhere - In 1824, Joshua Moore built a homestead named Canberry, whose name was derived from a local Aboriginal language; its meaning is disputed Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901, when the British Parliament passed legislation enabling the six Australian colonies to collectively govern in their own right as the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia decided that it needed to have a capital, but could not use any of the capitals of the existing states. It had to be within the state of New South Wales, but at least 100km from Sydney.

    Once a suitable location for the capital was found, in 1911, the Australian Government launched an international competition for the design of a new capital. Walter Burley Griffin (from Chicago) submitted designs drawn by his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin, and beat 136 other entrants to win the competition. However, his plan was never fully realised as he stayed in Chicago and an Australian government committee Was appointed to oversee the building of the city, but they didn’t particularly like the winning design and started selecting elements from various plans and began reworking the winning design. So much for democracy.

    I won’t bore you with the design principles etc. As a city it has a beautiful layout, big man-made lakes created by damming the river, plus some magnificent buildings. However, in our eyes it lakes soul, life and any sort of “vibe”. It lacks the hustle and bustle of a city. We have been in Brisbane and Sydney at 5pm and watched the cafes, bars and restaurants fill up in the city centre; that didn’t happen in Canberra, it was dead.

    I’m sure that the commute to work along the multilane roads carrying half a dozen cars is very easy, but I wonder if Canberra needs a million or more people living in it to give it some energy?

    We drove up to the tops of Mount Ainslie for a spectacular view across the city
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  • Day118

    Canberra Arboretum and Bonsai Display

    February 6, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    It took two attempts to see the Bonsai exhibition. The arboretum is open until 8:30 pm so we chose to go there at the end of the day only to find that, while the gates were open, the exhibitions were all shut at 4:00.

    A wonderful display of bonsai trees at the arboretum that will probably look great in 20 years time and amazing in 50 years time.
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  • Day108

    Berry and Booderee

    January 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Before leaving Berry, we thought we should have a look around the town. It’s full of cafes, expensive home furnishings shops and rather hippy crystals and tie-dyed clothes. There are a number of heritage buildings. The museum was very interesting.with lots of items from the last 250 years.

    The “donut van” was doing a roaring trade even with a bank holiday surcharge added to the prices and a 15 minute wait to get the order filled. What idiots would pay inflated prices and wait 15 minutes for a food that will kill them? They were delicious 😋

    We left there and drove south intending to go to Jarvis Bay. At the north end is honeymoon bay, this was to be our first stop and then we planned to work our way around the west side of the bay and end up on the south side . Unfortunately, the closest campsite we could find was the south end end of Jarvis Bay 😩. Oh well “all part of the adventure”.

    Bordered is a National Park, so we have to be self contained for camping. In the rainforest/bush. The campsite is 100m from the beach which is a long sandy beach with a rocky point before the next sand beach.

    We spent a few hours swimming and walking up to the next rocky point and back again before deciding that a cold beer on the rocks watching the sun go down was a good thing to do. We showered, changed, grabbed the beers and started walking down to the beach when we came across a 4ft snake on the path. The snake was absolutely motionless, so much so that we thought it might be dead. We also thought that “looking dead” may be a way of catching its prey, so we walked past and onto the beach.

    There was no sunset as dark clouds had rolled in obscuring the sun. We went back into the bush, photographed some birds and returned to find that the dead snake had moved and was slithering off into a bush. Lucky we didn’t poke him to see if he was dead. Two people have said that he was a “harmless” carpet python.

    We returned to Bertha, pulled together our dinner and went to one of the communal double BBQs to cook it. The BBQs are totally enclosed with gas heating a stainless steel plate. Both were being used so we sat and chatted to the people there. Bun gave two young girls (in their twenties) a tour of Bertha leaving their male partners to wonder where they’d gone to.

    After dinner we found the site literally crawling with possums. We are quite pleased that we dont have any trees over us otherwise they’d be on the roof. They are very confident, one walked up to Bun and went to bite Bun’s knee!
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  • Day6

    Die Hauptstadt Canberra

    December 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute war ein sehr aufregender Tag😅 Zuerst ging es an einen Aussichtspunkt über ganz Canberra, anschließend waren wir wieder in einen Botanic Garden, wo wir einige Tiere entdeckt haben. Zusätzlich haben wir uns natürlich auch durch das War Memorial und das Australian Parliament weitergebildet🤓😂 Danach ging es ins 250km weit entfernte Wagga Wagga😎Read more

  • Day5

    Fahrt nach Canberra

    December 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute ist der erste Tag an dem wir ausgeschlafen haben😅den Schlaf haben wir glaub echt gebraucht😂 Die Fahrt nach Canberra dauerte länger als erwartet, was uns aber nicht die gute Laune vermasselt hat😊

  • Day34

    Canberra Tag 14

    December 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Ja eigentlich war ja heute der Weihnachtstag, aber ich bin krank und war den ganzen Tag zu Hause und habe geschlafen oder Netflix geguckt...
    Klasse Weihnachten....

    Yes, actually it was Christmas Day today, but I am sick and was at home all day and slept or watched Netflix ... Great Christmas ....Read more

  • Day23

    Canberra Tag 3

    December 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute war ein ziemlich langer Tag. Der Tag startete um 8 Uhr mit Therapiemaßnahmen für Jayda. Anschließend sind wir zu dem Geburtstag von Janas Klassenkameraden gefahren, der in einem Schwimmbad stattfand. Es war wirklich witzig, da ich die ganze Zeit mit Jayda herumgelaufen bin und sie eigentlich die ganze Zeit nur auf und ab gelaufen ist 😅. Es ist allerdings auch was ziemlich ekelhaftes passiert heute. Und zwar wurde ich erstmal straight von Jayda angekackt🤮 ich hatte es auf meinem ganzen Kleid....
    Naja gut es ging dann auch gegen 12 uhr nach Hause und dann hab ich mit Jayda ein wenig gespielt. Danach als die anderen kamen, si d wir zu Marks Eltern gefahren und haben den Weihnachtsbaum geschmückt. Diese Australier sind manchmal schon echt merkwürdig, weil dieses Haus sah aus, als würde dort niemand drin wohnen 😅 als wäre es so eine Art Musterhaus😂
    Als wir dann wieder zu Hause waren, war dann auch schon Badezeit und Essenszeit und dann ging es ins Bett für die Beiden!
    Ich habe nach Feierabend dann noch mit Laura gevideochattet und hab mich anschließend noch mit Mark und Handan auf die Couch gesetzt und gequatscht. Bin dann aber auch zeitig ins Bett, weil der Tag echt anstrengend war.

    Today was a pretty long day. The day started at 8am with therapy measures for Jayda. Afterwards we drove to the birthday of Jana's classmates, which took place in a swimming pool. It was really funny because I was walking around with Jayda all the time and she was just walking up and down 😅 all the time. However, something pretty disgusting happened today. I became shit straight from Jayda🤮 first of all I had it on my whole dress....
    Well well it went then also around 12am home and then I played a little with Jayda. Then when the others came, we went to Mark's parents and decorated the Christmas tree. These Australians are sometimes really strange, because this house looked like nobody lived in it 😅
    When we were home again, it was already bath time and meal time and then we went to bed for both of them!
    After work I video-chatted with Laura and then sat on the couch with Mark and Handan and talked. But I went to bed early because the day was really exhausting.
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  • Day36

    Canberra Tag 16

    December 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Heute war ein frei Tag, aber mir geht es wieder gut! Ich bin morgens los zu meinem Termin beim Tätowierererin. Hier habe ich mit ihr besprochen, was ich gerne hätte und wie. Dann habe ich mir einen Termin geben lassen für den 23. Januar 😊. Ich bin schon ganz aufgeregt! 😍
    Danach bin ich noch ein wenig durch die City gelaufen und dann nach Hause. Dort habe ich dann zusammen mit der Mama Dark geguckt und ansonsten gab es nicht weiter spannendes an dem Tag :)

    Today was a day off, but I'm fine again! I left in the morning for my appointment with the tattoo artist. Here I discussed with her what I would like to have and how. Then I made an appointment for January 23rd 😊. I am already very excited! 😍
    Afterwards I walked around the city for a while and then home. There I watched Dark together with the Mama and apart from that there were no other exciting things that day :)
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  • Day33

    Canberra Tag 13

    December 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heiligabend... Der leider in Australien gar nicht gefeiert wird. Heute war ein ganz normaler Tag wie jeder andere. Ich startete erst um 5pm wieder. In der Früh habe ich Weihnachtskekse gebacken und mich wieder gesonnt. Als ich dann angefangen habe zu arbeiten, habe ich ein wenig mit den Kiddies gespielt und dann versucht Jayda zu füttern. Anschließend habe ich mit Jana gespielt und sie hat mir wieder Glitzer Tattoos gemacht 😅. Dann haben wir für Santa die Kekse und Möhren mit den Glas Milch herausgestellt und haben es uns dann gemütlich gemacht und einen Film zusammen geguckt :)

    Christmas Eve... Which, unfortunately, is not celebrated in Australia. Today was a normal day like any other. I started again at 5pm. In the morning I baked Christmas cookies and took a sunbath again. When I started to work I played a little bit with the kids and then tried to feed Jayda. Afterwards I played with Jana and she made me glitter tattoos again 😅. Then we put out the cookies and carrots with the glass of milk for Santa and made ourselves comfortable and watched a movie together :)
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  • Day269


    December 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    We have left the south coast and are on our way back to Sydney for NYE. Unfortunately there are still a lot of fires around Sydney so there is a lot of smoke in the air and it is getting worse with every kilometer we are traveling to the East. On the way we stopped in Canberra to see Australia's capital. It is a city without being a real city. Beside the parliament and some museums there is nothing to do. We did not find any shops, cafes or restaurants which were opened so we left after visiting the tourist attractions.

    Wir sind wieder unterwegs auf den Straßen von Australien. Nachdem wir lange in der Umgebung von Melbourne abgewartet haben geht es jetzt nach Sydney und damit in Richtung der Buschfeuer. Bisher wurde es auch mit jedem Kilometer den wir Richtung Osten fuhren schlimmer. Auf dem Weg haben wir einen Stop in Canberra eingelegt um auch einmal die Hauptstadt Australiens gesehen zu haben. Canberra an sich ist keine wirklich sehenswerte Stadt. Abgesehen vom Parlament und ein paar Museen gibt es hier wirklich gar nichts zu tun. Nicht einmal eine richtige Innenstadt mit Geschäften, Restaurants oder Café findet man hier. Dennoch waren wir im Parlament und haben uns den das Kriegsdenkmal angesehen, aber nach guten drei Stunden ging es dann auch schon wieder zurück auf die Straße.
    Auch in Canberra ist leider viel Rauch in der Luft, mal sehen wie es in Sydney wird! Von hier sind nur noch knapp 300km.
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