22 Sep 2009

Adelaide

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Another eventful weekend has past this one spent in Adelaide visiting Simon’s family. Since the flights were so expensive we decided to drive there which in real life means 8 hours in the car covering a distance of about 730 km. We had Friday off so we left straight after work on Thursday, stocked up on lollies and drinks and arrived tired in Adelaide around 1.30 am.

A wine tasting tour with family and friends through McLaren Vale Wine Region was on the schedule on Friday. We had a beautiful sunny day and visited five different wineries: Rosemount Estate, d’Arenberg Winery, OliverHill Winery, Settlement Wines and Coriole Vineyards. We had some dinner at Simon’s parents house, watched the sunset and then we met up with some of Simon’s friends at a place called the Highway.

No time to rest Saturday was a busy day too, visiting grandparents and sightseeing in Adelaide. Since I do love the ocean and the beach I instantly fell in love with that part of Adelaide. The city centre might not be that big and offer the same shopping opportunities as Melbourne does but the beaches and the coastline are gorgeous. For those of you who don’t know much about Adelaide I can inform you that is the capital of the state called South Australia and also with its population of about 1.1 million the fifth largest city in Australia (I think Melbourne with its population of approximately 3.9 million is the second largest next after Sydney). The Saturday ended with a dinner celebrating Melissa’s 25th birthday (Simon’s sister), a couple of drinks and then me and Simon had an early night.
Visiting your home town always turns into an intensive event since there is soooo much you want to do and so many people to see once you’re there. With that said you can guess that Sunday didn’t really get any less intense at all. More visits to grandparents and cousins before we had lunch with Simon’s family. The plan was to leave Adelaide at the latest 1.30 pm which of course got delayed and we ended up leaving around 2.30 pm instead and after a loooong drive we arrived back home in Melbourne around 10.30 pm.
That’s my weekend people, eventful as always 🙂 I really did enjoy the weekend getting a chance to meet Simon’s family and friends and see where he grew up and I’m glad Simon brought me with him to meet them. I feel pretty tired today though and I feel like I could sleep for days. I have so much on my mind right now being torn between being excited about my upcoming holiday and sad about leaving Simon. It’s only for a couple of weeks you might think, what’s the big deal. That’s true but I only have a couple of days left in Melbourne once I do get back again, then I have to leave Australia and go back home to Sweden. Something I’m excited about because I can’t wait to see family, friends and my animals again but at the same time I will miss Simon soooo much. I have no idea what I’ll be doing at work once I get back which doesn’t exactly help the situation and my future seems very blurry at the moment. I wish someone else would come up with a master plan that magically would solve my dilemmas but I guess that’s not going to happen. I just have to take the days at they come, allow myself to be excited and happy about my holiday and enjoy it to the max, cherish the days I can spend with Simon before I leave and hope that the rest will work out in the end too.

So enough whining, the road of my life has always been winding full of challenges ready to be overcome so why would this be an exception. I think I’ve done pretty well so far so I believe this will work out in the end too!

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

Pictures from the weekend can be found in the Picasa album namned Adelaide.

Adelaide (2009-09-17 to 2009-09-20 )

 

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