When Anders and Linda was here we took heaps of photos and I’ve just started to go through them all uploading them on the website and creating a photo book. It takes heaps of time but I thought I would at least share some of the pics from the great time we had in Adelaide. Follow the link below to go have a look.
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.
In only three weeks they’ll be here, Anders and Linda. We’re starting to get really excited and we’re looking forward to seeing both of them again. It’s been 7 months since that tearful goodbye in mum’s garden back in Karlshamn in Sweden. We’re looking forward to having some time off work and explore (a small part) of Australia together with them. It will be legendary!
The official countdown has begun, 58 days to go until my brother and sister-in-law arrives! They’ll be visiting for a whole month and both Simon and I have managed to get at least part of the time off so we’ll be able to travel with them. Besides spending time in Melbourne we’ll be taking them to Adelaide, they’ll spend a couple of days in Sydney and we plan on going up to Cairns/Great Barrier Reef/Port Douglas/Cape Tribulation for a week or so as well. I’m very excited and I can’t wait for end of March!
Some days Australia feels further away than other days. Today is one of those days. It’s also the day when my brother and fiancee together with my sister and boyfriend are getting on a plane to fly to Gran Canaria. Tomorrow my parents will follow. It’s not just for a normal family holiday where they all decided to escape the Swedish winter. They all going there because Anders and Linda are getting married on Monday.
Initially we were meant to be there too but in the end decied not to go. We couldn’t justify spending that much money, taking unpaid leave from work for just a week’s holiday. Not after all the expenses we’ve had with the move. We simply couldn’t afford it. Anders and Linda will come here for their honeymoon in the end of March though and we’ll be able to spend a whole month together. I’m really excited about that and I know we’ll have a blast but it doesn’t make up for the fact that I’m missing out on my brother’s wedding, on sharing that special day with my family. I don’t regret our decision not to go but I’ll still feel sad about not being there if that makes sense. I know that our life will have plenty more of these kind of situations when you wish it was easy to just pop over for a short visit. The downside of being a Swaussie if you like (luckily there are heaps of perks too though, otherwise it wouldn’t be worth it).
But I’ll stop being a sulk and instead wish Anders & Linda all the best for their very special day. I know it will be perfect and absolutely beautiful. You’ll be in our thoughts and we’ll look forward to seeing heaps of photos and hear more about the wedding and the holiday. Love you lots and lots!!
Yes, I know it’s already Wednesday and my weekend update is only posted today but there have just not been enough time left over to blog. Work is busy at the moment, on Monday night we were invited over for dinner at a couple of friends’ house and I’ve had SWEA stuff I’ve had to do so I’ve been flat out. On top of that my back has been hurting, I strained a muscle at boot camp on Thursday it felt alright over the weekend but then went all bad again Monday night. To be honest I’m a little cranky since I’ve not been able to sleep properly for 3 nights because it hurts when I move and on Monday night even when I breathed.
But enough whinging back to the weekend. We left work early on Friday and it took us about 8-8.5h to drive over to Adelaide. The drive wasn’t too bad but there were lots of road works slowing us down which was annoying. We had Simon’s cousins wedding on, on Saturday and spent the whole day celebrating. It was a nice low key, budget wedding but nice to catch up with family. Sunday we just relaxed a bit before we had to drive back home. It’s a very long drive to do just over the weekend and I don’t think we’ll be doing it again since half the weekend is spent in the car. But the flights were around $500 return for the both of us and with our trusty Cruze who took us both there and back on less than two tanks we saved probably aroun $350.
Speaking to almost the entire family on Skype at the same time plus receiving this photo with Nana in it. Happiness!
Being apart from your family and friends is the toughest part of moving to the other side of the world but it’s nice to at least be able to watch them via Skype almost feeling like you’re in the same room as them.
We’ve been trying to spend time with friends and family before we leave and just so Simon could meet all our friends down here in Karlshamn one more time before he left we had organised to have a little summer barbecue in mum’s garden last Sunday. We got lucky and had no rain all afternoon and we had a great time.
To see some photos just look under photos/Sweden/Summer BBQ up the top.