Christmas in Summer

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Now that we’ve been back in Austria for almost four months we often talk about our travels and reminisce about the places we were at this time last year. Christmas in Summer was a very special experience for us and we’d like to share those memories with you and like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a … Read More

Off to the Pacific Islands

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We are having our farewell party a week before we leave Hobart. Ian and Cindy most generously offered us to host it at their house, and also cater for the guests with the most amazing food and drinks. We spend some lovely hours with all our friends.   With a heavy heart we leave Emilia, Hobart and all the lovely people … Read More

Life in the time machine

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  Hobart is the Capital and biggest City (population approx. 220,000) of the Australian Island State of Tasmania. Founded in 1804 as a british penal colony it is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney. The sheltered location at the foot of Mount Wellington with one of the largest and deepest natural ports in the world must have been like … Read More

Sydney, Australia

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On a warm summer day in December coming from Auckland we arrive in Sydney and check into our apartment. From the 62nd floor we have an incredible view of Darling Harbour with its many restaurants and pubs, which is just a few minutes walk away. Our apartment is in a prime position to view the weekly fireworks. Watching the explosions far below us … Read More

Farewell to Middle-Earth

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Now that we know New Zealands worst campground, we make our way to the Picton ferry terminal. The trip to Wellington is a little more than three hours, the first hour takes us through the sheltered fjords of Queen Charlotte Sound. We are glad that the strong winds of the last days have  gradually subsided since yesterday. Cook Strait is … Read More

Pulled the plug in time?

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The weather forecast for the southern part of NZs South Island is pretty bad. Stormy winds and heavy rainfalls for several days. Too bad, we particularly wanted to get to know this part of New Zealand better, but in this weather that wouldn’t be fun. Spontaneously, we depart after breakfast. We pass by Lake Tekapo again, this time coming from … Read More

Of Stones and Birds

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It was the day before yesterday when we finally moved into the place which is supposed to be our home for the next six months. Three weeks ago, first thing after I had signed the lease was to order what should be the fastest internet connection available in Australia and the installation was announced for today. The heritage listed building … Read More

Merry Christmas!

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Due to rather dismal internet connections in New Zealand and a lack of time since we have arrived in Australia we are sad to say that we are running a bit behind in our blog posts. Meanwhile we’ve arrived in Hobart where we will reside for the next six months and Pia and Cosima will go to school until July. … Read More

New Zealand doesn’t want us?

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Our flight to Auckland leaves Honolulu at 10:30 PM. We arrive early at the airport and a surprise awaits us. The lady at the check-in explains after some back and forth that my entry into the country is refused by the New Zealand authorities. It looks like the girls can board the plane but I have to stay in Hawaii. … Read More

The last days in paradise :-)

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Our house sits at one end of a long sandy beach, just 20 meters off the waters edge. It is a simple beach house, our neighbours are Herman and Julie, the caretakers of the house and it’s guests. The two of them are incredibly welcoming and helpful, Hermans’ passion is fishing and tries his luck at converting us to fishermen … Read More

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