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    • Day 102–105

      Urlaub genießen

      February 7 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

      Die letzten drei Tage passierte nicht großartig was. Bei über 40 Grad, ist es einfach zu heiß etwas zu unternehmen. Ich badete viel im Pool, spielte viel mit den Hunden und abends ging ich mit ihnen Gassi. Am Freitag Vormittag besuchten Jassi und Ich noch eine richtig cooles Einkaufszentrum.Read more

    • Day 133

      Off to Perth

      February 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Checked out about 10. Sat nearby having a drink and deciding what to do. Our flight was at 4pm so had a few hours to do something. Went to Southern Cross station, put our bags in a locker and had a walk to the Docklands. Saw some teams doing dragon boat racing.
      Went back to the station area for some shopping. I got 2 new pairs of shorts and immediately ditched the old ones. They had got to the stage where washing didn't seem to clean them anymore.
      Took the skybus to the airport and boarded to Perth. Picked up the hire car and waited around for Hannah's mum to arrive.
      All present and accounted for we drove to our accommodation. Initially had no power, after a quick whatsapp with only 3% battery on the phone remaining, we got it fixed.
      All hungry but not bothered about going out, I nipped out and got a takeaway pizza.
      Diet starts tomorrow.
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    • Day 134

      Chilling out in Perth.

      February 10, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Hannah's mum is based in the entrance way to our apartment, so Hannah and I escaped out the back door to head off for a run before it got too hot.
      Heather managed to get a full 11 hours sleep, so hopefully a good head start on the jet lag.
      Got back for a healthy breakfast and then went to meet Andrew for coffee overlooking the beach.
      Got in for a bit of play in the surf, which was fairly punchy.
      Then met Annie for a salad lunch. Very healthy!
      Back to home for a dip in the cold pool, followed by a sunset beer at the pub a few mins walk away.
      Ended up back at home having a bbq salmon. Tssk lovely.
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    • Day 132

      Exploring Melbourne

      February 8, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Was up and out early. Grabbed a pain au chocolate from the 7/11 and got the train to central Melbourne. The initial plan was to do a walking tour then visit what ever the tour guide recommended. The tour was free and the guide was excellent. Taught us lots about the history of Melbourne which is less than 200 odd years old.
      We finished the tour on the south bank of the river. This was close to the Eureka 88th floor sky tower. This has become a thing we do, therefore had to go up.
      Great views over the city and to the sea. A slight haze around, maybe from the bush fires?
      After that we took our friend Fiona's advice and visited the South Melbourne market. A old school style market, with lots of local produce.
      From there we walked to the War Memorial with unobstructed views up main roads both north and south.
      The plan was to meet Fi at an outdoor festival. So we picked up some ciders and got a spot to watch. Fantastic orchestra with some dancing. We all watched for a few hours before catching the train back to the hotel.
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    • Day 135

      He was a Sk8ter boy

      February 11, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Up at 6.50 to jog to meet Andrew for skating lessons. Whilst Hannah went for a walk with Annie.
      Lots of falling over with the first time skating since the one time I did it as a kid.
      Managed not to break myself and do a little drop in turn in the bowl. Andrew looking smooth and well practiced!
      Then went to Montys for a breakfast smoothie and met up with Andrew's parents Penny and Steven.
      Got back to pick up Hannah's mum Heather and off to the beach. It was hot hot hot, so I spent most of my time snorkelling and hand surfing, whilst the ladies soaked up the rays.
      Back to the pool side for a salad lunch and a chill out.
      About 4 ish we left to go to Hillary's, a mini harbour, for a pint before heading to Annie's.
      Annie and Jus had made a huge feast of Mexican food. We chatted away until about 9.30 when I got a call from Andrew. Few changes of plan for tomorrow. It was now a 6am start for the boys to head down to Margate river. Will call that bed time then.
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    • Day 5

      Der erste Tag in Perth

      October 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Nach unserer Fahrt vom Flughafen kamen wir gegen 01:30 Uhr in unserer ersten Australien-Unterkunft an. Diesmal haben wir eine kleine Ferienwohnung. Obwohl die Wände hier sehr hellhörig sind konnten wir Dank Ohropax und Schlafbrille bis 10:30 Uhr ausschlafen. Gut gelaunt machten wir uns auf den Weg die Gegend zu erkunden und etwas zum Frühstücken zu finden. Doch als wir dann den wunderschönen Strand und die Wellen sahen war unser Kind nicht mehr zu halten.
      Der Hunger war vergessen, sie wollte einfach nur noch ins Wasser 😀! Es war aber auch wirklich zu verlockend.

      Ich ging alleine los und besorgte zwei Kaffee Latte, Pitas und Waffeln, die wir uns dann mit Blick aufs Wasser, direkt am Strand schmecken ließen.

      Solche großen Wellen habe ich noch nie gesehen! (Da freu ich mich schon auf die morgige Überfahrt mit der Fähre nach Rottnest Island 🤣🙈 -- aber dann sehen wir die Quoka's 😍)

      Nach einem kleinen Spaziergang an der Strandpromenade mir perfekten Rasenflachen, tollen Spielplätzen und Skater-Strecken, verbrachten wir den restlichen Tag am Meer.
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    • Day 138

      Baking feet

      February 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Andrew and his dad headed off early to try out the skate park and the rest of us had a more leisurely start to the day. Then we decided to head to the beach in time to meet Andrew. Took a look at Meelup beach but Andrew suggested Castle Rock would be quieter so we quickly headed there.
      We were very British and set up some chairs and an umbrella but it was great to have some shade. After some swimming, frisbee and snorkeling, we headed to Aravina winery. The sand was so hot when walking back to the car it felt like we were actually burning our feet.
      At Aravina we tried some wine and had a look at the surf museum,which was pretty cool.
      Then we headed to Yallingup cheese to taste some local cheese and decided it was a good spot for lunch over looking the lake.
      Before heading back to the house we stopped at r
      Rivendale vineyard to do a tasting of Forester wine. We were served by an Italian man who was married to a lady from Torquay.
      We had some time to chill at the house and using the pool before we started babysitting duties whilst Bitmeads were out having a nice meal. Louis was their taxi driver and almost ran into a Kangaroo on the way home the first time. We read the boys bedtimes stories and luckily they were asleep quickly and quiet for the rest of the night.
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    • Day 141

      The Margaret river experience

      February 17, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      A pretty 'jam' packed day today.
      We started by nipping to the beach, then started calling a few wineries which did tours. Managed to get booked onto one at 3pm at Vasse Felix, which gave us a few hours to fill with all the free nibbles which the area had to offer.
      We managed to visit the Margaret River Dairy Company, the Colony honey maker, the chocolate co, Providore for tasty jams and some un tasty wines, Bettenay's nougat and finally stopped at Rustico for a tapas lunch.
      Lunch was great with fried goats cheese, battered shrimp and chorizo.
      Then time for Vasse Felix. Hannah and I had visited about 5 years ago and remembered the Chardonnay being very good.
      Had an excellent tour taking us through the whole wine making process. Finishing with a tasting of 10 wines. We needed a bit of a sit down after all that, so we waited for a while overlooking their garden whilst I got more acceptable for being behind a wheel.
      We finished the day by going to surfers point to watch some pumping surf rolling in. I did a bit of snake dodging at Gnarabup Beach whilst flying the drone.
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    • Day 137

      OF (organised fun)

      February 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      There is no better day than an OF day.
      Got everyone loaded in the cars and went in search of a frisbee golf course. Andrew and I both had strong suspicions that it wouldn't exist anymore. But that didn't stop us from going to have a look.
      On the way towards it we stopped into a Coffee tasting and learnt a few things. The main one I came away with is that it is actually the water contact time with the bean which defines the amount of caffeine in the coffee. Therefore an espresso which typically has less bean contact time will actually have a lower caffeine content than when using a plunger.
      Followed this up with a chocolate place and a olive and soap place.
      The berry farm was next for an amazing food platter. Full of everything from pastry to sausage to fruit.
      By 3pm we eventually found the frisbee place. It was indeed abandoned. We managed to fish some frisbee out of the bin. Heather wisely stayed near the car whilst the rest of us ventured into the bush.
      Got totally hammered by ants and horse flies. You basically had to keep stamping on the spot to stop the ants from biting you. Penny got a bit scared of a horse fly at one point and, much to the amusement of everyone, let go a little speed boost to keep her going faster round the course.
      Glad to be finished we piled back into the cars.
      Andrew took us on some off roading (not suitable for our car) then around a forest which was very pretty.
      Back to the place for cooking up some tasty salad and meat.
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    • Day 144

      37 degrees! Hot hot hot

      February 20, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Hannah and I finally got off our arses and did a morning workout followed by 50 lengths in the pool.
      We then went south to a restaurant called Odyssea to meet the Bitmeads for a final meal. I had an amazing pancake stack with shaved coconut and caramel. Yum yum yum.
      Then down for a bit of hand planing before saying bye to Penny and Steven.
      Left to go to Kings Park for a walk around and a slushy. A bit too hot to be doing too much walking so came back to the apartment for a G and T and get ready for the Scarborough market.
      Loads of people down at the market, with every country represented at the food stalls. Had a few beers whilst watching the sunset.
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