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Battery Point

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  • Day45

    Hello Hobart

    February 21 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The train, which is what the locals call their subway or underground system, was only two long blocks away. I got on what I thought was the airport express but on the way to the first stop I realized this was not the right train. So I hopped off, as well as one lugging a 20 kg suitcase can hop, and I was on my way on the next train. Security at the airport was much more lax than I am used to. Shoes don’t have to be removed and I was allowed to bring my full bottle of water with me. The main thing they were concerned about was aerosols, such as puffers.

    It was a smooth two-hour flight to Hobart, the capital of the state of Tasmania. I purchased a return fare on the Sky Bus for $33, which took me within three blocks of my next home. I was able to get a last-minute reduced rate on a one-bedroom apartment at the Mantra Hotel, a 1920s heritage building. For less than the price of a hotel room I have a large apartment with a partial kitchen plus the added bonus of a washer and dryer, much needed at this point. On check-in I asked about the possibility of insects as I was getting tired of being on alert for them. I was happy to hear that there would be none as it is generally too cold in Tasmania for most bugs, unlike the tropical environment in Sydney.

    I headed to the local Woolies to stock up on food. On my way I came across a free Friday evening music event at one of the parks. The music was the blues so I stopped and listened for awhile. It reminded me of the Grand Forks concerts as there were all age groups there.

    The population of Hobart is just over 240,000, 45% of the total population of Tasmania. Founded in 1804 as a British penal colony it is the second oldest city in Australia, second only to Sydney. The city is hilly and of course my hotel is situated at the top of a hill. The temperature is going to be much cooler here and it will definitely be a more relaxing week than in Sydney.
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  • Day4

    Welcome to Hobart

    February 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nachdem wir die vergangen knapp 35 Stunden im Flugzeug oder an Flughäfen verbracht hatten, sind wir gestern Abend glücklich und sehr müde im Hostel ‚Monacute’ in Hobart angekommen und waren froh, endlich wieder im Liegen schlafen zu können.

    Am ersten Tag in Hobart - gingen wir es ruhig an und besuchten nach dem Frühstück den ,Opossum Bay‘ und fuhren ein wenig durch die Gegend - ach ja, wir haben von der Autovermietung einen flotten weissen Flitzer erhalten.

    Unser Hostel ist im sogenannten ‚Battery Point‘ und nur gerade 10 Gehminuten vom Hafen und Stadtzentrum entfernt. Am Nachmittag nahmen wir diesen kurzen Spaziergang auf uns und erkundeten Hobart zu Fuss. Am Hafen war noch das ‚Queen‘s Baton Relay‘ im Gange, irgendein Anlass mit Livemusik:-) Die verschiedenen Musiker klangen mal gut, mal weniger - Manu hat während dessen Statistik erhoben über den Kaugummikauenden Securitymann in Rot vor der Bühne: 92 x Kaugummi kauen in 60 Sekunden, hochgerechnet auf 1 Stunde kommt man auf unglaubliche 5520 Kaubewegungen - dieser Kiefer muss was aushalten können!
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  • Day5

    Von Melbourne nach Hobart

    February 25 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Heute feiern wir Vera's 24. Geburtstag! Zum Frühstück gingen wir in ein nahegelegenes Kaffee. Anschliessend machten wir noch einen kurzen Abstecher ins Einkaufszentrum, um letzte Dinge für Tasmanien zu besorgen.
    Dann ging es bereits schon los zum Flughafen, von dem uns ein knapp einstündiger Flug nach Hobart brachte. Während dem Flug hat man leider nicht all zu viel von der Insel gesehen, da es ein wenig bewölkt war. Mit dem Bus erreichten wir unser Hotel für die Nacht. Als tolle Überraschung fanden wir darin einen grossen Indoor-Pool und Sauna vor, welche wir natürlich ausgiebig genossen haben.
    Zum Nachtessen ging es auf Empfehlung von Corina und David zum Griechen, bei welchem wir viel zu grosse, aber superleckere Portionen genossen.
    Nach einem kurzen Abstecher in den Pool, als Verdauungsschwumm, gingen wir bei Zeiten ins Bett, um fit für die morgige Tour zu sein.
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  • Day97

    Hobart - Tag 1

    January 4, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Zuerst, meine Güte war das ein süßes Hostel. Schade, dass sie für die zweite Nacht schon komplett ausgebucht waren, sonst wäre ich definitiv dort geblieben! Da dies nicht ging, wurde die Unterkunft heute früh gewechselt bzw. erstmal mein Gepäck in der neuen Unterkunft abgestellt und die Stadt erkundet. Da ich unbedingt neue Socken brauchte, war das erste Ziel H&M im Stadtzentrum. Fatalerweise ist noch immer Sale und mein Taschenrechner teilte mir auch noch mit, WIE preiswert die Sachen sind. Jedenfalls, habe ich tatsächlich neue Socken, aber auch 2 neue Kleider, 1 Rock, 1 Shorts und etwas neue Unterwäsche für einen irren Preis erhalten. On top, erhielt ich noch 2 Teile, jeweils die günstigsten der jeweiligen Kategorie, kostenfrei dazu. Auf der Suche nach etwas Essbarem zum Mittag, habe ich dann noch einen Schlenker durch die Shopping Mall nebenan gemacht. Ich wurde auch fündig, aber irgendwie gesellte sich mit dem Sushi noch ein sehr süßes rotes Kleid zu meinen anderen Kleidern dazu. Verdammt, 3 Kleider. 🙈 Danach hab ich mir selbst Shoppingverbot erteilt. Nur neue in-ear Kopfhörer mussten noch her, da meine das Zeitliche gesegnet hatten und ich davon leider keinen Ersatz eingepackt hatte.

    Danach brauchte ich etwas frische Luft und bin weiter Richtung Hafen spaziert, wo ich einen Zwischenstopp bei der Touristeninfo eingelegt habe, um nachzufragen, was der rotbraune Himmel über Hobart zu bedeuten hat. Das sah nämlich schon ein wenig spooky aus. Diverse Buschfeuer war die Antwort. Nichts worüber man sich in Hobart Gedanken machen müsste, wurde gesagt. Mal schauen, ob das unsere Tour, die morgen startet, irgendwie beeinflusst.

    Direkt neben der Touristeninformation befindet sich zudem eine kleine Destillerie für Gin & Whisky, die Larks Distillery. Also kam ich nicht wirklich weit und habe mir um 14:30 Uhr spontan ein kleines Gin Tasting gegönnt. 😇 Danach wurde sich noch ein wenig Hobart’s kleine Gassen und historische Bauten gewidmet, nicht umsonst ist es Australiens zweit älteste Stadt, bevor es mich zurück ins Hostel zog.
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  • Day26

    Tassie, here we come.

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The flight to Tasmania is quite a short one, so we had most of the afternoon yesterday to roam around the waterfront in Hobart. Our hotel is in a great location and we can walk to many of the main attractions here. Hobart is considered by many to be the prettiest city in Australia and I think they may be right. The historic buildings have been kept in wonderful shape , the waterfront is clean and attractive, and there are plenty of parks with lawns and flowers scattered around.
    Today we walked to the Salamanca Market, the top tourist attraction in Hobart. Our experiences with markets in other towns had not made us very enthusiastic. They seem to be vegetables and fruits and flea market stalls. But not Salamanca!! We spent hours perusing (and buying) in hundreds of stalls containing Tasmanian handmade articles. There were lovely woolens, jewelry, leather goods, wooden articles, etc. The items were unique and of high quality. The market is about 3 blocks long and 4 stalls wide and happens every Saturday. It was full of people, but the merchants always had time to tell you how their wares were made.
    We also visited the Maunston Hut Museum. Maunson was an Antarctic explorer who led an expedition in 1908. The museum is a reconstruction of the huts that they built there to stay for a year. We knew very little about Antarctica exploration but the man working there gave us lots of information and we enjoyed learning about it.
    Then we headed off to Battery Hill, a quaint residential area with small cottages as perfectly kept as when they were built 150 years ago. It was very nice to just wander around and enjoy the houses and gardens.
    Except for a foray off to the modern shopping area in search of Blundstone Boots, and a stop off at a whisky distillery, we spent the day in the old town and enjoyed it immensely.
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  • Day189

    No More Rental Car

    December 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I turned in the rental car at the airport this morning and grabbed at taxi back to downtown Hobart to where I am now, Tavern 42 Degrees South. Very yummy brunch and Bloody Marys. And very well deserved after 2,545 kilometers over the past two weeks.

    Nothing else going on today except enjoying my bottom bunk in the hostel. Another crappy weather day, 13°C/55°F and cloudy skies that want to rain.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day191

    Packing Day (but not yet)

    December 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    I found Kilkenny again! Lol. The Irish pub not far from my hostel serves it. I'll probably go back tonight for dinner. Yummy!

    Today is packing day because I leave for New Zealand tomorrow, but right now I'm just being lazy. I'm the only one in the room until at least 14:00 (check in time), and I'm enjoying it.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: Yes, I know my face matches my shirt. I got a little sunburned on the boat. First-world problems. 😀
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  • Day26

    End of the Kyneton Stay

    November 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We signed up for a tour from the resort going to Woop-Woop. As one of the people with us explained, when she was young and acted silly, her parents would say she had gone to Woop-Woop. That explained what this place was. It is billed as looking at the Aussie sense of humour. The owner, a lady of retirement age named Melva, has made about a hundred sculptures out of everyday things used in a funny way. They match up to Aussie sayings, which can be a little hard to follow. Some were using Aussie rhyming slang, like Cockney in England. There were Australians, New Zealanders and us in the group and they helped explain from time to time. A lot of the humour was quite bawdy, especially funny coming out of this lady. She involves the people in her jokes, and a couple of pictures show some of the times we were asked to participate. We laughed when she asked Dave his name and couldn’t understand what he said until a local translated to “Diav”. It was an experience.
    Our last day at Kyneton was quite rainy, but we couldn’t feel bad, because the weather has been fantastic. Into each life some rain must fall. The group of kangaroos came by to entertain us, and we went into town and did some errands.
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  • Day188

    Museum of New and Old Art (MONA), Part 2

    December 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Yesterday at MONA was all day. The final show was the outdoor pavilion that displays the light show at sunset (20:40 last night). I left about 21:15 because of mosquitoes, but it was very beautiful and soothing.

    Today has been another wash. I went to Zoodoo Zoo, but it started raining, so I drove back to Hobart to do laundry.

    Now, I'm at my hostel about to check in.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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