Posted in Daily life, Typical Australian

Country Races

A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend in Rutherglen on invitation from friends of ours. They, and a group of their friends, have been going to this little country town every year for the past twenty (or so), as annually, the wineries around the town hold a tasting event. You pay some money, get a glass, travel from winery to winery, taste their wines, eat good food and generally enjoy yourself. Which we did.

At the same time, in a town not far away, there is a day of horse racing. Some of the men in the group felt like going to watch, and since I had never been to a horse race, I figured I’d join them. I was also curious about this sport, that – to me – is just an excuse to combine three of Australia’s favourite pastimes: being outdoors, drinking and betting. Continue reading “Country Races”

Posted in City activities, Melbourne

At the Davis Cup

If you get the opportunity to go and watch a world cup game, why not take it?

After the summer holidays, school has started again this week. Yesterday Kai came home with eight official looking tickets in his hands for this weekend. I thought it would be for a random game, but it said Davis Cup. Even for a tennis new-bee (that is me) that sounded familiar.

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Public holidays

Granted, public holidays in Europe don’t always make sense, either. They are usually a mixture of Christian days (like Christmas and Easter) and nationally important days (like Reunification Day in Germany or Kings Day in the Netherlands), with some odd ones in there as well (like Labour Day). But the public holiday we have here in Melbourne today really takes the cake. Continue reading “Public holidays”