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  • Day8

    Redcliff Beach

    January 15, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Das erste mal Meer, das erste mal bewölkt, das erste mal Regen, das erste mal fettiges Essen.

    Gestern hatte mich mein peruanischer Zimmergenosse Jorge gefragt ob ich nich mit zum Beach kommen will, da habe nich natürlich gleich zugesagt. Der Himmel war heute früh ziemlich bewölkt, allerdings sind wir trotzdem gefahren. Wir waren dann zu dritt, von Jorge ein Kumpel (aus Kolumbien) war auch dabei und gleichzeitig unser Fahrer war.

    Nach 40 minütiger Autofahrt sind wir dann am Strand angekommen. Ich war ein wenig froh, dass die Sonne sich hinter den Wolken versteckte, so konnte sich mein Sonnenbrand nicht weiter verschlimmern und ja ich habe mich heute eingecremt :). Das Merr war trotzdem herrlich warm und man konnte super entspannen. Nach ein paar schönen Stunden mit Baden, Quatschen, und einfach Chillen am Strand gings dann zu Domino's Pizza. Dort bekommt man fürn schmalen Taler eine super Pizza. Die zwei haben mich ganz schön blöd angeschaut, dass ich das Franchiseunternehmen nicht kenne. Habt Ihr das schon mal gehört?

    Nach dem Essen ging es auch schon wieder Richtung Brisbane, wo uns schon der Regen empfing und auch nicht mehr richtig aufhören wollte, so habe ich mal in Ruhe nen Film geschaut :)

    Achso, im Gespräch mit Jorge stellte sich heraus, das zur Zeit Bullenhaie im Brisbane River unterwegs sind. Ausgangsbasis war, dass ich Ihn gefragt hatte, ob er nicht Lust auf Stand Up Paddling hätte. Für die Info bin ich erstmal dankbar und werde es mir nun zweimal überlegen ;)
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    Nur derjenige

    Die krummen Füße machen den schönen Ausblick kaputt. 😉

    1/15/17Reply
    Anne Kettwig

    Domino's gibt es bei uns auch, die haben vor kurzem Joeys aufgekauft

    1/15/17Reply
    Anne Kettwig

    Aber sag mal, wie ist das denn nun eigentlich mit der Klospülung in Australien?!

    1/15/17Reply
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  • Day48

    35-37 • Brisbane

    September 2, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Puh, für die Großstadt braucht man schon gute Nerven, vor allem nach einem Monat im Bus und mit Mia die sich eine Infektion eingefangen hat...
    Aber zunächst mal das positive ;) wir hatten drei nette Abende bei Linda und Mike mit sehr gutem Essen, unter anderem von Mike gefangene Fische mmmh! Papagei Iggy kann schon mehr Wörter als Mia und ist genauso frech. Gestern haben wir uns, nach dem faulen Erholungstag davor, auch ins Stadtzentrum gewagt. Durchaus schön anzuschauen aber natürlich mit viel Trubel. Tolle Spielplätze gibt es dort auch, wie in ziemlich vielen Orten wo wir bisher waren. Die Aussie Kids haben auf jeden Fall reichlich Gelegenheit sich auszutoben.
    Mia hat uns vor allem gestern einige Nerven gekostet und soviel geheult wie noch nie und wollte am liebsten den ganzen Tag von Mama geschleppt werden. Dabei war sie am Tag davor eigentlich wieder recht gut drauf. Nachdem sich aber heute ein Ausschlag an Rücken und Kopf gezeigt hat, waren wir mit ihr beim Arzt, der eine Roseola Infektion (Drei-Tage-Fieber) diagnostiziert hat, die aber fast überstanden ist.
    Nach dem Arztbesuch sind wir wieder aufs Land geflüchtet um Antjes ehemalige Schuldfreundin Lisa zu besuchen. Die Ruhe hier tut wieder richtig gut :)
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    Dianne Thorpe

    Big hi to Linda & Michael. Hope Mia is feeling better. Take care Di xz

    9/2/16Reply

    Oh ,je, Mia. Gute Besserung wünscht Dir Deine Oma Gaby

    9/2/16Reply

    Mia weiß, was gut tut, wenn sie krank ist. Mama´s Nähe ist doch die beste Medizin.!Bin beruhigt, das sie nur das Drei-Tage.-Fieber hat. Dieser Virus geht fast nie an einem Kleinknd vorbei.Schön, das Ihr die Tage bei Antje´s Freunden verbracht habt. und schöne Stunden miteinander erlebt habt .Paßt gut auf Euch auf. Freu mich schon auf Euren nächsten Bericht. Liebe Grüße vom Naturpark und Bussi für Mia

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  • Day14

    Sandgate Foreshore

    September 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    This morning was birthday present hunting, morning coffee out and driving lessons in an automatic car around the entertainment centre car park - Trev and I seem to be the oldest there! This car park is used regularly, as it is never too busy, there is a complex of roads that are all one way, with junctions, stop signs, roundabouts and parking places, so it is a good starter place for youngsters to learn the basics of the car with their parents without causing too much stress. We were told by Clare that one of us had to drive the car or we would not get lunch! As it was both of us drove the car - Clare just has to work on Sarah. The only thing we seemed to have difficulty with was signalling - we tended to put the windscreen wipers on instead as the indicators and wiper switches are round the other way - so washing the windscreen to turn left!!
    After lunch we sorted out a trip to Sydney to see my aunt Gwyneth & uncle Graham (Dad's brother and his wife). Gwyneth is the spit image of Hi-de-Hi's, Gladys Pugh - very welsh and similar in looks as well - Graham is quieter, probably because he can't get a word in 'edge ways'; though he does have a very wry sense of humour!
    We took a drive a long to Shorecliff hoping to have afternoon tea at the cafe there, but it was just closing so we settled for afternoon tea/ coffee and cake at The Coffee Club in Sandgate - I am getting used to this relaxed way of living - then we took a walk along the foreshore to dispel the extra calories.
    This evening we have been listening to the geckos outside who 'click' to communicate with each other. We also watched the bats at twilight flying from their roost near the creak over to Moreton island to feed - when I say bats, these are not like the little Pippistrels we have at home these are large proper 'flying fox' / Batman symbol bats. The show lasts for a good 30 minutes each evening and if you are lucky enough they will stop to feed on a fruit tree near you on their way out. Finally, I have been fast enough to 'snap' the bats at roost in a tree near the house (though a picture of bats roosting during the day - hopefully shows how big these bats are)!!
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    Gwyneth is thrilled that you are now booked in for your break.I hope you all now enjoy your "school-less" lives. Mum.

    9/19/17Reply
     
  • Day20

    5. Campingplatz

    October 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Bells Caravan Park
    Heute war es schon gegen 08:00 Uhr recht warm, sodass wir früh in den Tag gestartet sind. Es waren heute 36 Grad. Den Tag haben wir in Brisbane verbracht. ;-)...Schöne Stadt entlang der Gold Coast.
    Zum Nachmittag wurde es bewölkt und frisch.
    Genießen nun den Abend am Camper.
    Heute sind wir ca. 120 km gefahren.
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  • Day159

    Boondal Wetlands

    October 4, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Today a short 2.5k walk at the Boondal wetlands. There is no significant fresh water so not many birds apart from the mynas. Out in the channel today from the bird hide a lonely Ibis and a lonelier pelican.

    The path is well maintained and very easy to walk. It is suitable for wheelchair. No vehicles or bikes are allowed, but there is a cycle track that runs along the side of the highway for several kilometers. You can take rover as long as he is on a leash and you pick up after him.
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    Regina and Ian

    Civilisation approaches!

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  • Day16

    Kite surfing!

    February 26, 2014 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Sandgate Beach. Give me flat, shallow waters, and wind in a good direction, and let me kite surf!

    This place is perfect for learning how to fly a big ass kite to pull yourself along the water with. The first time I went was with a couple of guys from Bunk Hostel, and got my first lessons from surf connect. I'd wanted to head to Australia in the first place to pick this hobby up properly, and I can't wait to get back to it. It's one of the most technically challenging and rewarding sports I think I've ever tried. It's also hella frustrating if you unhook the kite with the safety leash unhooked, but that's another story!

    The first lesson was on basic kite control, wind direction and safety. The second lesson was getting out further to sea and getting up on the board!

    The first time I tried to get going however, I ended up giving the kite a little too much power, launched myself a good couple of feet out of the water, and then used my unfinished training to gracefully fail at the landing, and subsequently lost the gopro that was strapped to my head.

    If anyone picks that up, I'm sure they'll have some interesting and exciting footage!
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  • Day24

    Sandgate

    September 28, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Sandgate, a bayside suburb, is 17 km north of central Brisbane. It adjoins Shorncliffe, and both place names reflect their coastal position. Sandgate was named by the surveyor James Burnett after the seaside district of the same name in Kent, England; and Shorn Cliff, also named by Burnett, referred to the cliff face overlooking Moreton Bay.
    Sandgate is bordered by an inlet, Bramble Bay, on the north and by Cabbage Tree Creek on the south. The heritage-listed town hall in Brighton Road is in the historic precinct north of the railway station. Other heritage-listed sites include the war-memorial park in Seymour Grove, the post office and the former Baptist church.
    The North East Wetlands are located in the city's north-eastern suburbs and are an amalgamation of seven areas of parkland totalling 170 hectares. Dowse, Einbunpin and Sandgate Third and Fourth Lagoons are categorised as permanent freshwater lagoons. Naturally formed lagoons of this size are rare in Brisbane. Sandgate Third Lagoon has been described as one of the most extensive reed beds within the city. Rainbow parakeet, Cockatoos and numbers of 'Bin Chickens' (black-headed ibis') can be found at Einbunpin lagoon at various times throughout the day. We have now seen 3 of the 4 lagoons in Sandgate.
    There are three main type of typical houses to this area - a Bushman, a Colonial and a Queenslander and then a Federation which is bigger still. When settlers first arrived here they found things like termites, snakes, swamps and floods so building their houses on stilts or stacks above the ground made sense. The house developed from being a one bedrooms small bungalow hut style, to a 2 bedroom house raised on stilts and then 3 - 4 bedrooms houses with rooms underneath. These can develop into mansions on stilts! When extending a house here people often lift their house and build underneath, rarely above.
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  • Day26

    Sandgate / Brisbane

    September 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    This weekend is a bank holiday weekend and pretty special for many sports fans - Saturday evening is the Aussie Rules football final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers (2.30 pm), Sunday is the Aussie Football (Rugby) League final between Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys (9.15 am), then Monday is a bank holiday for the Queen's Birthday - take note Britain!!! Many think though this actually means that many people can recover from hangovers and travelling back from the sports events rather than missing work on Monday due to them!! The Richmond Tigers won the Aussie rules game decisively beating the Adelaide Crows 108 - 60 - they have been waiting for 37 years to win this event!!
    This evening most of us are heading to River Fire in Brisbane This weekend marks the 20th Sunsuper Riverfire. Ken tells us that the jets have been practicing their fly pasts over the last two days and scaring the locals by flying so low - this is their debut flight! To commemorate the milestone there will be about 20 minutes of fireworks, a mix of retro music from 1998 to today Riverfire is Brisbane and Queensland’s largest annual public celebration and the fourth-largest annual fireworks show in Australia. This year there will be 11 tonnes of fireworks, which will be fired from six barges, two pontoons, high-rise buildings and the Story Bridge. It all kicks off at 7pm and will be held at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt, but there are several viewing areas around the city to watch the display. Clare took Hana, Sarah and I to the side of Story Bridge where we could see those on the bridge itself, as well as further down the river and on the buildings along the river. The start of the display was signified by the jet fly past and then Bang!!! Sarah took some amazing pictures as she has a faster shutter speed and a fireworks setting.
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  • Day37

    Redcliffe

    October 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Sarah decided to stay home tidy a cupboard and revise for an alcohol serving qualification. So Trev and I took the bus to Redcliffe to enjoy a walk and some lunch. We got off the 690 at Pelican Park. If we had arrived before 10 am we could have seen the resident pelicans who can still be seen sitting or standing on the top of the lampposts at the end of the Hornibrook Highway bridge, even though they are encouraged not to by devises fitted to the lamps!
    Pelican Park is named in honour of these amazing winged creatures. The park is located at the southern end of Redcliffe Peninsula just next to Bells Beach. It juts out into Bramble Bay, making it the perfect spot for pelicans to land. Often they return at sunset to perch high above the bridge as the hues of red and gold bathe the sky – a marvelous sight to behold for commuters travelling home across the water.
    We walked along the Clontarf / Redcliffe path all the way around Clontarf’s bay, passing through rock-lined Bell’s Beach to the Woody Point jetty, a 230m structure of recycled hardwood, 2.5km. It was also in this vicinity that Matthew Flinders stepped ashore in 1799 during his exploration of the bay and, inspired by the red soil outcrops, named the peninsula Redcliffe.
    We had lunch at Feelgoodz, having a Citrus Iced Tea float for the first time - tea over crush ice with orange ice cream and topped with lemon sorbet, Yum!! The chicken, bacon, Avo and spinach sandwich wasn't bad either. After lunch we returned home stopping to pick up supplies and an Iced Latte for Sarah. I then spent at least an hour in the pool, enjoying the cool water and warm air temperature.
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  • Day18

    Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate

    September 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This morning we decided to go for a walk and headed for the Dowse Lagoon, the 2nd of the 4 lagoons in Sandgate. The Dowse Lagoon was named after one of the first European settlers to this area, Thomas Dowse who was sent to Australia as a convict, when he was 15, having stolen his brother's clothes from his mother's house (she was a witness) and sentence to death at the Old Bailey, which was commuted to transportation for life?! Yet, as it happens, Tom flourished. H He kept a diary of these years that is now in the State Library of Queensland and when he died, there were glowing obituaries to him – though few references to his convict past.
    The complete circuit of the Lagoon is 1500 metres which we completed with a few stops to look at the bird life that frequents the area. There are a number of stopping places and bird hides along the route so you can take a closer look at the water fowl and information boards around the route pointing out information the variety of flora and fauna in the surrounding area. This lagoon is part of a migratory corridor for water birds stretching from Moreton Bay through to Deagon Wetlands and beyond. We saw a number of birds while out, my special favourite being the laughing Kookaburra - which adds to my list of Ozzie beasts and birds seen in their natural habitat. We also saw Magpies, which are more tuneful than ours (like a Mocking Jay); noisy Mynah birds which are like our starlings in number and noise; black swans and rainbow parakeets. The lagoon is also home to the flat turtle or 'Stinker' - back in 2003 there had to be a turtle rescue due to the drought that dried up the lagoon completely. They were caught and moved to other areas where wetlands were still available.
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    I am envious. Love, Mum.

    9/23/17Reply
     

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