Walking through a local shopping mall a few weeks ago, we saw a stand for a paintball venue here in town. Talking to the guy and thinking about Kai’s upcoming birthday, we let him lure us into a “great offer” of greatly reduced entry prices. Kai was ecstatic.
And today we made use of the tickets and took 7 boys (and a few parents) to square off across the battlefield, pump-action paintball shotguns at the ready.
Continue reading “Paintball!”
Number six of our bucket list is to go to the movies in Australia. We have not posted about it yet, so about time to do so. And since we are new to this country we had to try out different places, so enough inspiration. Continue reading “Going to the movies in Australia”
Yesterday I got a last-minute call from a colleague of mine, saying that he had two tickets for the St. Kilda – Collingwood game left over and if Kai and myself wanted to come. What a rhetorical question!
So we got dressed, had a quick lunch, and off we went.
Continue reading “Footy at the MCG”
As you do when you have visitors in the city you live in, you do the touristy things that you never get around to doing by yourself. Like visiting the penguins. Or going up the Eureka Tower. Which we did.
The Eureka Tower is the tallest building in Melbourne and, surprisingly, a residential building. As a visitor you can get up to the Skydeck on the 88th floor (and to 89 if you go for dinner). Which is pretty high up. Continue reading “High on up – on top of the Eureka Tower”
First we went in the train to go to the city. In the train we had a guy with us called flat Luke*. He is made of paper and our grandpa and his partner where there too. Continue reading “A day at the town with flat Luke”
Penguins. Those cute little birds that can’t fly but can glide under water with almost equal grace. The ones that live in cold places like Antarctica.
Well, OK, there are a few of them that come to some beaches in South Africa and Australia. But that’s way down in Phillip Island, and frightfully touristy and expensive…
Well, not quite true. Because there is a colony of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) that have made the breakwaters of St. Kilda Beach their home. And those we went to visit. Continue reading “Looking for penguins”
Last weekend, the new Formula 1 season (2016) kicked off with the Melbourne Grand Prix. And, while I am not a real petrol-head, I have always wanted to go to one of these races. So I took the chance that presented itself and went, together with a few colleagues of mine. Continue reading “the F1 experience in Melbourne”
If you are a bit of a F1 enthusiast, you will know that the new season started today, with the Australian Grand Prix the first stop on the calendar. And, if you followed the race (or the news), you will have heard about the crash between Alonso and Gutierrez.
Well, I was there when it happened.
Continue reading “F1 crash in Melbourne”
It’s late summer here in Australia, which means it’s festival season. And Melbourne is no exception.
A few weeks ago, there was White Night, and this weekend it’s Moomba.
Moomba is a family festival in the heart of the city, starting Friday night and lasting the entire long Labour Day weekend. There’s lots to see and lots to do, so we decided to give it a go. Continue reading “Moomba festival”
Melbourne is known in Australia for its many festivals. And, indeed, if you check the relevant websites, there is something to do almost every weekend of the year.
But one of the really big ones in White Night Melbourne. It’s a music and arts street festival, for one night of the year, starting at 7pm and lasting till 7am the next morning. It takes place on and around Swanston Street in downtown Melbourne, which is completely blocked off for all traffic (including trams).
And, don’t worry, if you go, you won’t be alone… Continue reading “White Night Melbourne”