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    • Day 55

      I'm a kangaroo, garoo, garoo! 🦘

      September 18, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      ...hoch hinauf ging es auf das Melbourne Skydeck, von wo wir bis auf den Ozean schauen konnten - ein wahnsinnig schöner Sonnenuntergang erwartete uns dort. In Parks haben wir Kängurus gesucht und am Wasser nach Pinguinen. Außerdem haben wir weitere Bars ausgekundschaftet. 🤠Read more

    • Day 22

      Melbourne Arcades and River

      February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      A beautiful day to day so we decided to do a self guided walking tour of Melbournes Lanes and Arcades. Starting at Flinders Street Station under the clock we went via Degraves Street and its restaurants to Block Arcade and then on to Royal Arcade the latter built in 1869 is Australias oldest. This includes a clock featuring Gog and Magog two gods of the ancient Britons that have chimed on the hour since 1892. Stopped for a beer at Young and Jackson a hotel that has been in existence for over a century. We then took a boat trip out to the docks giving a different sense of the city. Melbourne is much bigger than I expected and continuing to grow and develop. Yet it retains a chilled vibe with a relaxed atmosphere and a food culture that is hard to beat. Lisa and Dave arrived around 5.30. We decided to eat in the same place we ate on our first day. Had another enjoyable meal. Not too late to bed as we have a full day tomorrow and the overnight ferry to Tasmania.Read more

    • Day 25

      Melbourne 2

      December 14, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Leider scheint der heutige Tag wettertechnisch nicht besser als gestern zu werden. Auf dem Plan steht eigentlich der Royal Botanic Garden, aber vorher mache ich noch einen Stopp am Shrine of Remembramce. Dies gilt als eines der größten Kriegerdenkmäler in Australien. Es wurde für alle Frauen und Männer aus Victoria errichtet, die im Ersten Weltkrieg dienten, wurde aber bald Australiens zentrales Denkmal für alle 60.000 Australier, die im Krieg starben. Die Ausstellung stellt beeindruckend besonders die Geschichte der beiden Weltkriege dar und ist gerade in der jetzigen Geschichte Denkmal und Mahnmal zugleich. Auch die Räume selbst sind architektonisch wertvoll und passend zu dem Ambiente.

      Weiter gehts in den botanischen Garten. Ich kann solchen Orten ja schwerlich widerstehen, aber dieser gefällt mir besonders gut. Gegründet 1846 erstreckt er sich über 38 Hektar und zieht über 2 Millionen Besucher jährlich an. Es gibt über 50.000 Pflanzen die mehr als 8.500 Spezies repräsentieren. Einzelne Bereiche wurden für bestimmte Arten angelegt, zum Beispiel ein Sukkulentengarten. Ein kleiner Weg führt in einem regenwald-ähnlichen Teil und schon ist man von Mücken umgeben. Ich weiß teilweise gar nicht, wo ich zuerst hinschauen soll, so viele hübsche Pflanzen gibt es hier. Und auch Unterstände, da immer wieder dunkel Regenwolken die Sonne verjagen. An das Geschrei der Kakadu hab ich mich mittlerweile gewöhnt 🙃.
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    • Day 45

      Last day in Australia

      February 11 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Dernier jour en Australie....j'ai de la peine à croire que c'est déjà fini. Petit pincement, mais je vais y revenir, c'est sûr!!! Et hâte quand-même de voir et découvrir un nouveau pays.
      C'est une longue journée, car j'ai le vol qu'à 23h55 pour Auckland. 😅 il faut s'occuper. Je me lève tranquille, je boucle la valise, je fais le check out à 11h et je pars pour un petit pique-nique au Royal Botanic Garden. Je profite du soleil et me balade dans la ville avant d'aller au restaurant tôt. Puis go à l'hôtel récupérer la valise et départ pour l'aéroport.
      Vol horrible, impossible de dormir. Le mec derrière qui me mettait ses pieds sur mon accoudoir, celui d'à côté sur son téléphone toute la nuit luminosité à fond...bref petite nuit blanche.
      Arrivée à Auckland 5h40 du mat, petit stress pour passer la biosécurité car ici ça ne rigole pas. Interdiction d'importer quoi que ce soit dans le pays, tout doit avoir été méticuleusement nettoyé (chaussures, vestes etc...)
      Mais finalement tout bon. Contrôle de mes chaussures ok, le chien n'a rien reniflé.😁
      Direction l'hôtel et attendre Sara 😀
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    • Day 87


      March 28, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Today we spent the morning on the walking tour, learning about Melbourne's history and seeing some impressive architecture. After the walking tour, the weather began to warm up, so we sat outside near the water and had a drink before having a lovely walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.Read more

    • Day 59

      What we eat on the road in Australia

      May 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

      While driving along Australia's east coast and Tasmania, we hardly ate out. Instead, we embraced the nomadic lifestyle and our Coleman cooker and prepared our meals ourselves.

      Coffee, the most important thing to start (Tom's) day, is made on Tom's soda can cooker, using methylated spirit for ease and speed to get the day going. Towards the end of our time in AUS we even buy a handgrinder, Australia's fondness of good quality coffee will accompany us along the way, it seems.

      Breakfast then depends on the climate of the day: on a hot day we eat cereal with milk or the soy/coconut version, on a cold day we have porridge with different toppings, such as raisins, dried apricots, almonds, walnuts, maple syrup, honey and cinnamon. If we're fancy and its locally available we'll have fresh fruit such as apple, banana, passionfruit etc. as well.

      As free electric BBQs are very common in many places in Australia, we also eat toasted bread with peanut butter and jam sometimes. Or fried egg and avocado.
      In order to do so, Tom needs to find the possibility to bake bread first, though. We're simply not the biggest fans of the white toast that can be bought everywhere. Tom is still experimenting with baking in a Dutch oven on a campfire, however, the results are always super tasty and so much better than anything that can be bought. Only downfall are the local firebans... no fire, no bread.

      When we started our roadtrip, I had been convinced that a pressure cooker would be a good idea, allowing us to cook legumes, potatoes and soup etc. much faster. Well, I was wrong. Unfortunately, the Coleman doesn't produce enough heat for large quantities and after three attempts to cook potatoes or soup, we give up. It worked, but took forever and hence wasn't economical anymore.
      It now has a new home with Ange and Mathew, giving us a bit more space and them great meals. Or so I hope!

      We still cook soups and vegetable curries quite often in a common pot. Especially in Tasmania's cold they keep us warm and our bellies full.
      Another staple is stir fried veggies with pasta or rice. Anything using fresh and local products really.

      And we're still trying to avoid plastic as much as we can. That means shopping at farmers' markets and bulk shops whenever possible - even if it results in our pantry box taking up a huge amount of space in the car.
      Avoiding plastic also means that we don't want to buy cookies wrapped in it. Being quite big fans of sweet snacks on the road, I had to find a solution: energy balls! I fought for space for our mixer in the car, mostly to be able to make them. And now, I can turn whatever dried fruits we've got, oats, shredded coconut and other nuts into tiny little treats that satisfy our cravings and are environmentally friendly. Win win.

      Talking about sweets: we also tried our hands on "cobbler" once. Basically cake made in the Dutch oven over a campfire. We still need to get the temperature right, but the result did taste like pineapple cake and was super delicious. Quite a treat after a day long hike.

      And last but not least, I am still a big fan of foraging. Now probably more than ever. In Tasmania we found an abundance of blackberries (great addition to our porridge) and rosehips (got turned into jam, made on a campfire when the fireban was lifted) and back in Melbourne, I foraged prickly pears (be aware of the thorns. They aren't called "prickly" for nothing). They made an awesome smoothie paired with coconut milk!

      All in all, our diet hasn't changed much. It's still about what is available locally, lots of veggies, a few carbs (mainly to prevent Tom from losing weight) and fruit (to prevent me from being grumpy). And the occasional serve of chips and craft beer from a local pub. Gotta support the locals!
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