All posts tagged: Great Ocean Road

What to do on a weekend around Adelaide?

Barossa Valley, well, this place brings me back to my study exchange experience at Macquarie University many years ago. You’ll know about it, if you read some of my previous posts. During the Easter Break I did this trip from Sydney to Melbourne (by bus, yes, 13 hours) and then a tour of the Great Ocean Road, a sort of hop on hop off, till Adelaide. There we then decided to spend 3 beautiful days wandering around Barossa Valley and sleeping in the vineyards. All this with my friends from Austria and Germany, Kathrin and Brit. I guess an Italian was needed for diplomacy reasons 😉 Well, a couple of weeks ago I went back with my husband. A trip down memory lane. We landed at Adelaide airport, that is now partially renovated, then with a hired car, we left our luggage at our accommodation, Tiffin’s Hotel, booked through Booking.com Actually nothing special, but quite a good price for being a hotel close to the CBD. Our plan was not very much of a plan. …

Torquay and Bells Beach, the Surfers paradise! // Las playas de Torquay y Bells, las playas de los surferos!

Por fin un día de vacaciones en el medio de la semana! Y cual mejor idea que salir de Melbourne y ir a las afueras? También para recordar que estoy en Australia. Hay muchas cosas que te lo recuerden, pero no como ver la inmensidad del territorio, la costa, el océano… En fin la gran naturaleza australiana. Asi’ que con algunos amigos Espanoles, cual mejor compañía?? Jeje 😉 Nos fuimos primero a Rose State Garden, para empezar despacito y con tranquilidad. Un jardin precioso con rosas de todo tipo, color y olor. Un cafecito, una charla y ala! A la vuelta de Torquay, la Surf Coast del Victoria aprox a 1h y media de Melbourne. Dimos una vuelta y luego elegimos un cafe muy bonito, una mesa al sol (aguantamos!) y hamburguesa y cerveza. Que’ mas queríamos? Luego un paseito al sol antes de tumbarnos en el césped al lado de la playa para evitar el viento, bastante intenso, que soplaba en la primavera australiana. Tercera etapa fue Bells Beach, la playa de lo surferos …

An Example of The Expat Attitude Put into Practice // Come mettere in pratica lo spirito dell’espatriato

Last week I talked about the Expat attitude and just a couple of days later I had the chance to put it in practice. I received a ‘last minute’, or better I should say a ‘last second’, invitation for a roadtrip to the Great Ocean Road. I didn’t have much time to think about it and despite I had an appointment the next day first thing in the morning and I had to be back the following day by a certain time, I said ‘YES!’ I would just do it, ‘Carpe Diem’, and enjoy this experience in time, with a couple of friends. Actually it could have been one of those jokes: “there were 5 people: 2 Spanish, 1 Italian, 1 Aussie by chance and just for half of the trip and… 1 …whatever…kiwi”. Yes I could call this cool guy ‘kiwi’, time has passed and I didn’t remember if people from New Zealand actually liked to be referred to as kiwis, but yes. And we also have all been reminded that if we want …

Being on a bus / Tornare su un autobus dai biglietti prenotati

Oggi ho preso l’autobus per l’aereoporto di Avalon. E’ come  fosse l’Orio al Serio di Melbourne da dove volano le lowcost tipo JetStar. Il conducente aveva lalista dei passeggeri e quest’immagine mi ha fatto andare indietro nella memoria a quando ho fatto il viaggio da Backpacker proprio in Australia o a quando andavo per lavoro in Inghilterra e, dopo essere arrivata a Londra Heathrow, dovevo ancora farmi 2h e mezzo di viaggio per arrivare nel Cotswold. Quanto tempo e’ passato e, a parte i viaggi di lavoro, com’e’ cambiato Il mio modo di viaggiare. Questa volta vado via solamente 3 giorni, destinazione Sydney, e chiaramente non ho un borsone ne’ uno zaino in spalla con davanti settimane e settimane di viaggio. Ho semplicemente un trolley, con un pc, munita di Iphone con una giacca da citta’ e deglistivali coi tacchi. Al posto di un paio di scarpe da tennis, uno zainone da 65lt, una giacca sportiva e i vestiti di chi sta viaggiando da qualche settimana e per tutta la durata del lungo viaggio, di …