Marion Shopping Centre, etc.

Hi,

today we slept in and went to Marion Shopping Centre in the Southern part of Adelaide. The weather is not especially good over here, so we decided to take the bus. The shopping centre didn’t turn out to be as nice as expected. We actually left after about 2 hrs. We bought a new tire for Verena’s bike, though. The old one wouldn’t have made it very long … Anyway, afterwards we had a lazy afternoon – of course, chaging the tire in between – and a nice dinner at home 😉

Marion Shopping Centre
Marion Shopping Centre

Cheers, Johannes

A nice Saturday

We didn’t do anything special today. At noon we drove to the city to do some shopping (food). We then spent around tree hours at Uni before we took the bus to visit Jessica, my landlord from last year, in Kilburn. It is amazing what can happen in less than one year. The house is still the same, but she is now married (since Monday) and 4 months pregnant (it is a boy!). It was nice to see her again and we spent 2 hours at her place. She then gave us a lift to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide. We had a really nice evening there, enjoying the spa, sauna and the steam room. Regenerated we walked back to the city to get our bikes and closed the day with a dinner at Hungry Jack’s.

See ya
Verena

Ps.: The weather is still bad. Only 15 degrees and a lot of rain!

Visitor from Germany

Hey everyone,

even in Australia you sometimes meet people you know from Germany 🙂 This Friday Christoph arrived from Perth (Western Australia). He is currently traveling around Australia before he goes to study in New Zealand for one semester. Pretty funny to meet him here in Adelaide. He didn’t get a bed at the chosen hostel, so we let him stay at our place for one night. Of course, we went to the Central Markets’ food courts to get some dinner that night … $ 6.50 for a plate of the food that you want …

Christoph at our place
Christoph at our place

Cheers everyone

Port Adelaide

We say „Hello“ to everybody!

Today we took the train from the Adelaide railway station to go to Port Adelaide. After our arrival we walked around the city a little bit and took a boat for a 2 hour port cruise. The landscape differs while driving through the port. On the one hand you have lots and lots of factories and on the other hand you can see lots of seagull, pelicans and dolphins. We also went to the Fisherman’s Wharf Market located next to the Lighthouse.

dolphins
dolphins

Lighthouse & Fisherman’s Wharf
Lighthouse & Fisherman’s Wharf

Back at home we had a nice evening walk and “Strammer Max” for dinner. Now we will probably watch a session “How I met your mother” and then go to bed before the week starts again tomorrow!

See you all.
Verena & Johannes

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

G’day, G’day 😉

Today we met with Sunny, a friend of Verena, and went to the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. It takes about a 20-minute drive from the city to get there. There’s  little bit of walking involved as the bus stop is about 1.5 km away from the entry, though. Anyway, it’s pretty nice featuring different “regions” like a Japanese cherry trees or an American section.

The Adelaide Hills as seen from the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
The Adelaide Hills as seen from the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

From some places you can also look accross the Adelaide Hills (see above) that actually seem to be bigger in terms of covered area than we thought. Afterwards we went to a Chinese restaurant. That’s been tasty 🙂 All in all it’s been a nice day.

See ya, Johannes & Verena

Progress for me as well …

Hey everyone,

seems like my research plans for my thesis will work out nicer than expected as the survey approval won’t have to go through all of the management, but only through one person. That’s great as it’ll save lots of time (lots refering to about 6 weeks). Cool, isn’t it?
Now I’ll try to push that survey …

Johannes

Project start

Today I had my first little presentation at UnitingCare Wesley. It was an introduction presentation for UFile, the project I’m working on. I think it was really good. Now my project for my thesis is really starting. Within the next week I will do a business analysis and more presentations. Hopefully I will also have time to do some writing for the thesis then ….
Cheers

Verena

Our bikes

Hi guys,

It was a little bit windy today, but we had around 25 degrees (an exception). Today we left Uni at around 4 and cycled around at the north parks and the Torrens river. On the way we took a photo of our “new” bikes. So here they are:

Our bikes(it is an obligation to wear a helmet here)

Beside that we saw lots of baby ducks, a pelican and for sure lots of nice little colourful parrots.
Now we are just back from Japanese dinner at the central market food court!
We wish a good weekend to everybody

Verena and Johannes

Royal Adelaide Show

Hey everyone,

yes, it’s cold (the “hottest” was 14°C) and it’s cloudy … but we went out to the show 🙂

Royal Adelaide Show has originally been put up by some farmers and is dominated by them till today. You can see cows, horses, pig, sheep, chicken, … of all sorts. And this you cannot only do like far off, but really close … this can turn out to be a pretty touchy experience 😉

Sheep getting shaved
Sheep getting shaved

Anyway, there’s not just animals standing around. No, it’s also about “carnival”, the Great Parade and a nice show with fireworks at the end!

For all the Germans amongst us: Carnival is no festival in terms of “Karneval”. It’s got nothing to do with parades and costumes. It’s rather like “Kirmes” with lots of attractions such as roller coasters,  carousels and dodgems.

The Clowns - kind of the mascots of the show
The Clowns - kind of the mascots of the show

The Great Parade is, well, a funny kind of parade as the participants are not only horses, but also cows and coaches. Looked pretty funny and was not like a strict formation, but very nice.

At the end, though, we had the chance to watch the big evening show. There were crazy bikers doing somersaults high up in the air, funny cowboys and much more. At the very end we could see these wonderful fireworks that were accompaying the music. And guess what; the music and the fireworks really seemed to be synchronized 🙂

Bike stunts
Bike stunts

Take care,
Verena and Johannes

P.S.: I guess we are actually dating things back with this one, but this way it’ll be right when we look at the post in a couple of months 🙂 JHG

Found a clown :-)

Hey everybody,

we just came back from a little Sunday’s walk. Guess wat we found … a clown 😉

The Rose Park Opossum
The Rose Park Opossum

It’s an opossum. On a tree right in the middle of Rose Park (the suburb we live in). Cool, isn’t it?

Cheers,
Verena and Johannes