Archive for April, 2013

06 Apr 2013

Cancelled

No Comments Sydney

A holiday with us is never boring. Right now we’re sitting at the airport waiting for our flight that has been delayed. At least we have a flight now, our original flight was cancelled.

We checked in this morning and everything was fine so we went and got ourselves some brekkie. When we got to the gate we noticed that our flight wasn’t on the screen which worried us. Instead we found our flight number on a different gate for a flight departing an hour later. A couple of minutes later there was a message informing us that the flight was cancelled and we were asked to proceed to the service desk to re-schedule our tickets so we did.

We stood in line at the service desk waiting and when our turn was up we then were informed that we had to proceed to the check in desk instead if we were on the cancelled Cairns flight. Annoyed we then ended up last in line again. After another wait we were then given new directions again, we had to collect our checked-in baggage before we could be re-scheduled on a new flight. Really annoyed at the lack of information we did as we were told. We then found out from other passengers that different rules apparently applied for different people, some already managed to re-schedule their flights before they had to collect their luggage. Luckily we actually got through to a staff member at the check-in desk that gave us some service and we managed to get on the next flight.

Our theory is that Jetstar had two half empty flights leaving for Cairns within an hour so they decided to cancel one if them to consolidate.

This might not have been as bad if it wasn’t for the poor service and lack of information. I guess you get what you pay for, cheap flight – cheap service.

We’re not impressed and I’ll be avoiding flying Jetstar in the future if I can.

05 Apr 2013

Random meetings

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Life is random at times. Today while walking through the Rocks we just happened to ran into Anders who runs Swedes in Australia.

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We’ve never met in real life before, only had communication through the blog and Facebook. We didn’t organize to meet either we just happened to be browsing for lunch at the Friday food stalls in the Rocks at the exact same time. What are the odds of that happening? I would say pretty slim. 🙂

Either way it was nice meeting and I now have a story to tell how I, the foreigner from Sweden who just moved here, randomly ran into a person I knew in Sydney of all places. A pretty good story if you ask me.

04 Apr 2013

Rain, rain and more rain

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I can’t believe our luck! It has done nothing but rain since we got here yesterday. It’s apparently the wettest start to April in 14 (!) years. I’m so happy we’re here to experience it. 😛

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At least the rain stopped long enough today so we could see both the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and some of the botanical garden before it begun again. You have to be happy with whatever you get, however little it may be. 🙂
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It’s hard to find enjoyable indoor activities but we thought the rainy weather made it perfect for taking a guided tour of the Opera House. Since there was two shows on at the time we would have had limited access to the stages, so we gave it a miss.

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Instead we stopped for a drink at the Opera Bar. Eating and drinking is a good rainy day activity. Today for example we have enjoyed a great breakfast at Le Monde in Surry Hills and had magnificent award winning pizzas and tasty mojitos at Hugos Bar Pizza in Kings Cross (even better was that they are only $10 on Thursdays). Both of the places are highly recommended!

If the bad weather keeps up there is a great risk we’ll all come back home looking like meatballs. 😉

02 Apr 2013

Build your dream

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01 Apr 2013

Easter weekend

No Comments Adelaide

Easter weekend is over and we’re enjoying our last couple of days in Adelaide. We’ve had a pretty relaxed day today with a visit to the CBD. Well needed after a busy couple of days spent on a Easter family lunch, crabbing in Ardrossan and on a winery tour in McLaren Vale.

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We caught 95 blue crabs on our trip to Ardrossan, same spot as we went crabbing on Boxing Day last year. A record catch in my short crabbing career. As always I enjoy catching them more than eating them and Anders and Linda felt the same way. But a couple of freshly cooked crabs are yummy, maybe not 95 of them though. 😛

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Yesterday we enjoyed a great day on a tour around McLaren Vale visiting no less than six (!) wineries. My favourite was Wirra Wirra Vineyards which had really good wines. Chapel Hill impressed me the least. The guy that owns Settlement Wines was a real character and I enjoyed the wines there as well, especially the port wines.

The weather has been a bit average so far. Unfortunately it will be really nice and sunny again in Adelaide after we leave and it looks like we’ll have a rainy stay in Sydney coming up. 🙁

Dont get me wrong it’s still good to be on holiday and to hang out with Anders and Linda but if the weather was sunny and a tad bit warmer it would have been the icing on the cake.