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  • Day18

    Darwin, Friday

    October 11, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    My cough is sounding great - really loud and hacking first thing! Sorry, John, who's had me coughing most of the night.

    The car needs to be back at the Convention Centre for 09.30 so various teams head for the workshop. My job is to drive all the tools back to Darwin from Hidden Valley Racetrack. Lance's team is sorting our orange flashing roof light - that gets the ok this time so the support vehicles are all good to go. The kids are on domestic duties. Then I'm back to the track and on, following Lance and Rob P, to get the 4x4’s lights repaired across Darwin. It's a fun trip when Lance takes the 'scenic' route. It's actually a minor job so when the call comes in to please take the original seatbelts down to the Convention Centre I can leave the others, return to the garage and head into Darwin for my third trip today. I have now acquired four of our kids on my travels this morning.

    We get to the Convention Centre to be greeted with the great news that we have passed static scrutineering! All the issues of yesterday appear to have dissolved overnight and the car is good to go as it was originally! We reload, head straight back to the track so that Tom can do his required timed figures of 8. He's got to better 18 seconds which he does after a few runs. Yay, we are bang up to date and good for dynamic scrutineering tomorrow. And we get the rest of the day off!
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  • Day279

    Termin beim Anwalt und Mindelbeach Markt

    August 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Um 09.00 Uhr war heute unser Termin bei der Anwältin von Legal Aid in Palmerston. In einer Stunde galt es zusammen mit der Dolmetscherin Joseline aus der Schweiz alles darzustellen und zu sortieren....
    Was ist mit der Rückerstattung der Campermiete incl. Versicherung....anteilig für den ersten Camper und für den stornierten Camper?
    Wie sieht es mit Schadensersatzansprüchen aus für die verbrannten Sachen und die kaputt gegangenen Dinge?
    Was ist mit Schmerzensgeld?
    Im Ergebnis dieser Zusammenkunft, meinte die Anwältin, dass sie sich sehr sicher sei, dass wir die Campermiete zurückerstattet bekommen und sie sich darum kümmere.
    Schadensersatzansprüche und Schmerzensgeld wären davon abhängig, ob der Unfallgegner eine Versicherung hätte....Was in Australien nicht unbedingt üblich sei....🤔🤨🙄😏...und dann wären die Chancen schlecht....😲
    https://www.allianz.com.au/car-insurance/third-party-property-damage-car-insurance/
    Insgesamt könne die Anwältin uns vier Stunden kostenfrei vertreten und die Zeit bräuchte sie für die Klärung des Campersachverhaltes.
    Für alles weitere würde sie uns dann Ende nächster Woche einen anderen Anwalt empfehlen, mit dem wir denn auch per e-mail und Whatsapp kommunizieren könnten.
    .....und schwupps war der Termin nach einer guten Stunde zu Ende....und wir hatten jede Menge Hausaufgaben mitbekommen....✒✏📒📞👩‍💻👨‍💻
    Gerne folgten wir noch Joselines Einladung auf einen Kaffee zu ihr nach Hause, gleich um die Ecke bei uns... und schwatzten noch schön...Sie erzählte uns, dass sie gerade ein Buch über Heiligendamm liest und ganz angetan ist von den lanschaftlichen Beschreibungen der Ostseeküste...😊...schmunzel....Wir mögen die Ecke dort auch sehr.😉😉😊 Ja und dann sah ich am Kühlschrank einen Magneten mit dem "Bruderkuss"....man glaubt es nicht....Jahrzehnte später in Australien bei einer Schweizer Familie....🤔😮😳
    ....und dann hieß es Ausruhen, denn wir wollten heute Abend endlich auf den Sunset Mindelbeach Market, der jeden Donnerstag und Sonntag stattfindet....🌅🌅🌅
    http://www.australien-reisetipps.de/northernterritory/was-tun-in-darwin-unsere-top-10/
    ....und es war voll....so voll, dass man kaum einen Parkplatz fand....und auch auf dem Markt und am Strand.....Menschen, Menschen, Menschen....an einem ganz gewöhnlichen Donnerstag abend...🤔🤔🤔😯....die Darwiner sind ja echt ein unternehmungslustiges Völkchen...😊😉👌
    Auf dem Markt gab es alles Mögliche zu essen...ob japanisch, chinesisch, balinesisch, griechisch, italienisch, russisch, spanisch, deutsche Haxe oder gar Schweizer Raclette....alles was das Herz bzw. der Magen begehrte...🌯🌮🥙🍗🍔🍟🌭🥘🥗🍕🧀🥩🍩😋😋😋....und natürlich durften die Verkaufsstände mit allen möglichen und unmöglichen Zeug nicht fehlen....😊💍💄📿👠👒👜👚👙🧣👖🧥🕶👕🧦
    Aber erst einmal wollten wir den Sonnenuntergang sehen🌅🌅🌅....und da saßen die Australiier mit ihren Campingstühlen🧘‍♂️🧘‍♀️💺wie im Kino am Strand und schauten Sonnenuntergang...🌅👀😎😊....und wir gesellten uns dazu, bis wir mitbekamen, dass da Kampfjets so etwas ähnliches wie eine Flugshow dicht über den Köpfen der Zuschauer in die untergehende Sonne hinein veranstalteten.🌅✈🛫
    Die Manöver und die besondere Lautstärke des Überschalls wurden mit viel Beifall und Begeisterungsrufen begleitet....total verrückt. Marc und ich waren uns einig, dass wir uns nicht vorstellen können, dass so etwas in Deutschland oder in der Schweiz erlaubt wäre.🤔
    Später dann auf dem Markt wollten wir unbedingt noch ein Tuch 🧣und möglichst ein Sweatshirt 🧥für mich kaufen. Das war leichter gesagt als getan....aber am Ende hatte ich wenigstens ein Tuch....und was für eins...ein Magic scarve...Wir haben es bei Lisa, einer Deutschen, die die vielfältigen Tragweisen dieses Schals sehr überzeugend rüberbrachte, gekauft....😊
    http://www.magicscarves.com.au/
    Wie sie erzählte lebt sie seit vier Jahren in Darwin und lebt hier einfach nur ihren Traum.😊
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    Porzellan

    Sehr hübsch😍😍😍

    8/6/18Reply
    Porzellan

    Schön euch so fröhlich und strahlend zu sehen😍💕💕💕

    8/6/18Reply
    Gertraud M

    Schon ein wenig strange? Bald könnt ihr eure Unternehmungen wieder mehr nach eurem Geschmack gestalten. GlG 😘 😘

    8/6/18Reply
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  • Day19

    Dynamic scrutineering

    October 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Our dynamic scrutineering is at 08.00 today which sounds quite good initially but, on getting down to the track, I realise that it's rather early and the atmosphere that I was anticipating from last time just wasn't there. We did our lap and, apart from a few cheers from the team, that was it. We passed, anyway, so we're good to hit the road tomorrow.

    Donna, Lance and I go shopping for a massive shop and spend over $1100 dollars. There's a lot of food. I get cough medicine for my barking cough. Back at the camp site we spot a cheeky possum helping himself to someone else's breakfast. Meanwhile, the others spend the morning clearing out the garage and starting to fill the lorry.

    We assemble our lunches at the pits. The quiche is delicious after days of lunches of wraps with different fillings.

    Then there's a filmed lap of honour of about 10 cars which doesn't really go to plan. One doesn't start, one breaks down on the track, the lead car holds and holds them back from the final straight. The crowd is slowly frying as we wait and wait. Eventually, they roll down the home straight and the camera man has his footage.

    Returning to the pits we find John lugging in a 20 pack of 500ml bottles of water. Apparently they are clearing them out from the hospitality tent so it's help yourself. Ardingly carry out a raid and acquire 32 packs which is 320l of water which is a much more appealing thought than the jerry cans of water we were proposing to cart through the Outback.

    We just about have time for the final clear up of the garage before having to rush into Darwin, along with every other solar car team, for a safety briefing. The big boss does a roll call of all the teams - most of them have inspiring and buoying chants they shout out. We have nothing but devise a plan on the spot. "Ardingly College" is called and, as one, we stand and clap. So English. We are the only team that got a laugh!

    Safety brief over, we all drift back to camp. Apart from the lorry which is off on a mission of it's own to check the exact route out of the city that we will be following tomorrow. This wouldn't be a problem apart from that it has all our cooking equipment so we can't start food. It finally turns up as it's getting dark.

    Lucy is suffering badly from the heat so takes refuge in our room for a couple of hours. She's sipping cold water, we're trying to cool her with damp towels and are running the aircon at 16C. Eventually she feels a bit better.

    Once we've eaten, we have to start packing the lorry in the dark for our early morning departure. It's so hot and humid. Finally we are done and a group of us head to the pub for a final couple of 'Darwin beers' - lovely.
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  • Day14

    Monday preparations

    October 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Andrew's off early in another attempt to get the trailer registered. John, Rob and I have breakfast and make lunch.

    Then they head off to a local engineering company in the hope they can help with the steering arms which broke yesterday. I'm left at the campsite so suss out the tent sites for the rest of the team and check out general facilities. I'm surprised when they reappear within the hour having had a successful trip.

    Then we have another trip to the supermarket to restock. Rob's going to make veg kebabs, we have halloumi and prawn kebabs. I'm practicing a couscous salad which will hopefully be suitable to scale up for the others.

    We liaise with Andrew who has finally got the trailer registered and get back up to the pits for lunch. It's brutally hot. John discovers the hospitality tent which is handing out bottles of chilled water and even has an air-conditioned section! It is so nice in there!

    John, Rob and myself head to Bunnings to source components for a battery box in case there's a fire. It's no use Andrew pointing out that our battery is built in. Regulations say we have to have a wooden battery box so a wooden battery box we must have. Conveniently, Bunnings offer a sawing service so John and Rob knock up a quick design and we depart with precut lengths of wood. It doesn't take them long to assemble it but it does bear an unfortunate resemblance to a coffin. We will be transporting this across Australia in full view on our trailer...

    Meanwhile Andrew has repurchased four fire extinguishers. The original ones weren't allowed in the container coming over so had to be left behind. No doubt these ones will, too.

    Time for a trip to the pub for a 'Darwin beer', ice cold and not very strong but, oh, so refreshing. Our evening barbeque works out nicely. The halloumi is probably the best I've ever had, the veg kebabs work out well and the couscous salad is going to be fine to do in bulk.
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    Alison Johns

    What a great team!

    10/8/19Reply
     
  • Day15

    Tues morning

    October 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Breakfasted, we drive down to the pits. John and Rob are solar carring whilst Andrew and I go out and about.

    First off, it's a trip to the supermarket where we buy the most enormous amount of food. I hope there's enough. With some fighting we manage to force it into the fridge. The water is problematic - maybe the freezer later? Then a trip to downtown Darwin where I drop Andrew to collect another car and go on to the Convention Centre to get myself officially registered, after my online application apparently failed. All done, it's back to the racetrack for lunch.

    The rest of the team are due in at 14.45 so I head back to Andrew's room to organise...stuff that needs organising. I start the couscous, collect 6 sets of keys and end up being allowed to put all the water in the big ice cream freezer in reception. Fingers crossed they chill down noticably. This room is chaos but once the tents and air mattresses go it should be a bit better.
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  • Day19

    Erster Job!

    September 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Mein erster Job in Australien geht jetzt zuende, denn morgen geht die Reise weiter nach Cairns. Nach leider nur 2 1/2 Tage in einer Schokoladen Fabrik arbeiten glaube ich, dass ich so eine entspannte Arbeit in einem klimatisierten Raum mit einer so coolen Chefin wohl nicht so schnell wieder bekommen werde.
    Und die Schokolade ist wirklich der Hammer! 😍😍
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    Haferflocke

    Oh das sieht köstlich aus. 🤤

    9/27/18Reply
     
  • Day55

    Day 55 Darwin

    June 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    First thing we did today was have a swim and a walk around Wangi Falls which were extremely cold. While we were on the walk we spotted lots of different animals including golden orb spiders, bats, butterflies, water goannas and lots of orange-footed scrub fowl. It was a different way to start the day.
    We then packed up the caravan and drove up to Darwin. We set up in a caravan park called Free Spirit, the same caravan park we stayed in when we were in Darwin 2 years ago on our last trip. We then headed over to the pool to go for a short swim and later relaxed by the pool with a mocktail. We later returned back to the pool for dinner and another splash in the pool.
    Tomorrow we're going to run some errands and maybe visit some of the local water parks.
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  • Day57

    Day 57 Darwin

    June 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We started the day by driving to a Greek festival. There was lots of different food like: fresh calamari, octopus, chicken and lamb souvlaki as well as slushies and milkshakes. There was also a stage in the middle of the festival where they played music and had traditional dancing.
    After the festival we drove up to Stokes Wharf, to the Royal Flying Doctors Service Visitor Centre. Inside we learnt about the bombing of Darwin and the Royal Flying Doctors Service. There was a virtual reality mini show, two 3D movies with holograms and a real Royal Flying Doctors Service plane that we could play in. One of the displays had a window of 1942 and an aerial view of the bombing of Darwin Harbour that came to life showing the bombing and aircraft fire from the first raid.
    After the visitor centre we visited a camping, hunting, and military store called 'Mitchells'. We saw hunting knives, crossbows, bows and arrows, military equipment including helmets and masks and camping gear. Ryley bought a tank drivers helmet with goggles and spent every cent of his pocket money.
    Next we returned back to the caravan park for a splash in the pool and to give Ryley and Dad a haircut.
    Later in the afternoon we drove out to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Tomorrow we will go for a bike ride around Darwin and maybe visit the Darwin wave pool.
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  • Day56

    Day 56 Darwin

    June 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The first thing we did today was go to Kmart to print out some photos for Jessica and Ryley's travel journals. We also bought some swimming goggles for myself and Ryley.
    After shopping we returned to the caravan park to get our bathers on for one of the Darwin water parks. The Leanyer Recreation Park had three giant water slides, a ginormous pool, and a splash park.
    After the waterpark we drove off to a market. We didn't find anything interesting in the market so we just returned back to the caravan park.
    Tomorrow we will be going to a Greek festival and a sunset market.
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