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well hello there!

after numerous e-mails asking if we’re still alive and ever going to write a post again thought I’d stick a wee holding post up until we get round to telling you what’s been going on for the past couple of months – the joy of returning to work, the festivals, sightseeing, skiing etc….

So in the meantime here’s a wee pic from last weekend – Craig pretending he’s a character out of a tony hawks PS game – enjoy!

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Or is it chewed, feels a bit of both.

I went back to work yesterday, and Suzanne starts her new job tomorrow. Gone are the days of waking up in our wee van to sounds of parrakeets chirping away in their rainforest paradise, the ocean majestically crashing against the reef and the thought that all we had to do that day was either go swimming amongst the turtles or travel to some other little pocket of wonder up the coast as yet unvisited.

Well. We have the sounds of the city now as our morning alarm, and new challanges and all that. The company I am working for have some really interesting work on and seem a really nice buch of people.

We have just recovered from Suz’s bro David visiting for a week, had a great laugh and went to our first AFL game in the MCG here in Melbourne, gone are the days of toilets at half time where you are trying to compete with 50 piss heads to piss in a trough 3 yards and 2 guys away! This place was a state of the art 100 thousand capacity stadium, and they served beer n shu mai!

“They look like wee guys from up here”

So we are in the start of winter here, although I walked back from work in an open jacket it is still a way away from frosty portobello mornings. Life is still pretty good, nice place to be, but waiting for the weather to get a wee bitty warmer! (and the pixar exhibition this weekend)

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Here is a link to some photo’s of our new house

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Ok my first blog post and after some consideration of how not to sound too much like a fanny I’ve decided that I’ll be the one posting summaries and observations. So first off a wee update on Melbourne – very cool city and in my opinion understated, it’s a bit like a mini london, very cosmopolitan, loads to do and seems like it would be a pretty cool place to live. We stayed in a place called St Kilda down by the coast which was brilliant, quite bohemian and only 10mins outside of the city. When we took our first walk out of the hostel I realised what the lonely planet guide meant by describing St Kilda as “rough round the edges” as we noticed the prostitutes standing on the corner of the street. A quick walk down from the hostel (beside the beach) were a few streets with loads of pubs and restaurants and a great atmosphere.

We spent the next few days looking for a campervan, varying from checking them out on-line to visting the “world of caravans” in a place called bayswater about an hour outside of the city. As we wandered by all of the luxury (and very expensive) caravans towards the back of the lot, we came across our price range – “2 pieces of shit” (the dealers words not mine) and very quickly decided they weren’t for us! Eventually we found a reasonable hire deal and booked it for 5 weeks. It’s a Toyota Hi-ace and it’s been named “Hercules” (the first song that came on the i-pod), fitted out with all mod cons, gas stove, microwave, fridge, sink, table/bed etc… We’ve taken a few pics of it so will post them when we get a chance. Also meet up with some mates in a beer garden one night, Ross & Lesley and Adelina & Jason. Ross & Lesley had us round for dinner the night before we set off on our tour and we experienced our first “Kanga banga” which is pretty damn tasty but at the same time was trying not to think about the fact that I was eating Kangaroo.

We left the next morning bidding a fond farewell to Ross & Lesley and headed for Mt Dandenong to see the William Ricketts Sanctuary – words can’t descibe this place so I’ll leave you to view the pictures – utterly amazing. From there the plan was to spend a few days travelling to Sydney and staying in campsites on the way so in summary we visited….Lakes entrance, Eden, Merimbula and Kiama, all beautiful places. And we’re now in Sydney, arrived yesterday……..but that’s another blog.

Ok so the summary thang hasn’t really happened on this post but I’ll leave you with a few of my thoughts/observations so far…..

1) I haven’t seen one scary spider (yet)
2) I haven’t seen any sharks
3) I haven’t seen any crocodiles
4) I love camping
5) I was told lies – not all australians wear shorts and flip flops, in fact most of then wear the same gear as we all wear at home!
6) Who are these people who find the “cheap” deals, I really don’t find it that cheap
7) Craig is very good at changing punctures on toyota hi-aces (yes I did take photees)
8) I haven’t got a tan yet

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