Mother’s Day isn’t celebrated in Sweden today but I’ll still want to send a greeting to mum and wish her a very happy bonus Mother’s Day.
Archive for Australia
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.
Life is random at times. Today while walking through the Rocks we just happened to ran into Anders who runs Swedes in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m starting to get into holiday mood and I like it. Anders and Linda arrived on Saturday and we had a nice weekend together visiting the International Flower & Garden show in Carlton, showing them the city and having barbecues on the balcony. I had to go back to work on the Monday and Tuesday but Simon had time off so he kept then busy with some shopping, a trip to Torquay and a visit to Williamstown.
Yesterday, my first holiday day, we flew over to Adelaide to visit Simon’s family. A rainy first day offered some more shopping and I bought myself a pair of Merrell shoes so now I’m prepared for all the walking!
Today we’ve spent the day getting up close and personal with some of Australia’s wildlife petting both koalas and kangaroos.
Simon is helping a mate out with a concrete slab or something (that shows how much I paid attention when he told me) and I’m cleaning the apartment for our guests arrival tonight. Found this little fellow under one of the storage boxes when I was sweeping the balcony before.
Since he had nowhere to hide he tried to play dead instead and he did a pretty damn good job too. He lay super still for at least 30 min not moving a muscle, not even when I put the broom really, really close to him. Then all of a sudden he was gone (I’m guessing he keeps free loading under our storage container). The exiting things that happen on a Saturday in Melbourne hey?!
Australia has Ellen fever right now as popular talkshow host Ellen Degeneres, does an Oprah. Even though Ellen is married to Portia De Rossi who’s Australian (born in Horsham and grew up in Geelong) she has never set her foot in the country before. Isn’t that a bit strange?
Ellen and Portia landed yesterday and are spending the first few days in Sydney. Where they head after that I don’t actually know, I would assume they would head down this way to go see Portia’s family but who knows. I don’t really care that much to tell the truth.
I came a cross something exciting today, a new magazine with focus on just Sweden written by Swedish based Australian writer/editor Laura Philips – Mr. Wolf. I was invited to the launch that’s held next week but unfortunately I’m unable to go since we’ll be in Adelaide at the time. The magazine is will come out quarterly and it will be profiling the leading personalities in contemporary Swedish Culture (from musicians, artists, bicycle makers, denim producers and jewellery designers). I’m looking forward to reading the first edition if I can get my hands on a copy.