Friday, July 1, 2011

First days in Australia

I had never, in a million years, thought that I would be back in Australia this year, but then my amazing husband went ahead and booked me this trip :-)

We drove to Stavanger last Friday, for my family reunion (my mother’s side) on Saturday. It was lovely to meet all the cousins that I haven’t seen in 15 years (litterally!), and also the ones I see a little more frequently. All but two cousins could make it. Three of my mother’s siblings are still alive, and they were all there. That's me to the far left.

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On Sunday morning Sigve drove me to 
Stavanger airport to start my journey. 
I flew to Oslo, then to Helsinki and Singapore,

and finally to Sydney.

I landed at 05.40, and poor Paul and Jorge had to get up really early to pick me up. Their unit is in Sydney, with an amazing view to the Sydney skyline. We got back before sunrise, and I caught this beautiful scene.

We took it easy that first day, but on Thursday the action started. We met Maria at Circular Quay, and took the ferry to Manly. I should have met Maria in September, on the cruise that we didn't get to go on, so it was great to meet her now.

It was raining a bit, so we just walked by the beach before sitting down for lunch. Good food, good wine and great company. Here's Paul, me and Maria.

Thursday we drove up to Bateau Bay to pick up June, Paul’s mom, and continued on to Forster. We’re staying at The Beaches, a resort apartement building, overlooking the beach. Of course it’s winter here now, kind of like an average norwegian summer day.

We're in a spacious 2 bedroom apartment. 

June, me and Paul.

This morning we wanted to go for a walk, but unfortunately it started raining again, so we went for a drive instead, and saw beautiful scenery. Stopped for a coffee at The Frothy Coffee.

Then we spent the evening playing Rummycub,

before Jorge made us a delicious dinner.

My stay here will be awesome, in the best company I could wish for. I'm so grateful to be here!


MarieElizabeth said...

Oh what fun you are having! Gorgeous sunrise shot, perfect timing.

Andrew said...

Looks fantastic.... have a great time.

J Bar said...

Inger-M, although it's cold, we're having some great weather right now in Sydney so you should be taking some great shots. :)

Chinatours said...

I believe that you must had a wonderful trip there. nice pics, welcome to my blog and have a look at my travel footsteps. Greetings from China. Wish you all the best.

jeannette said...

Can tell that you're having a great time! And boy, you look European:):)

Eva in Athens, Greece said...

Sounds great!
Jag hoppas att jag också kan resa till Australien någon dag...
Vilka vackra smycken du gör!

Cildemer said...

Wonderful shots of a marvellous trip!
Seems you are having a hell of a time!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Have a nice and happy time****

Arnab Majumdar said...

Family ties hold strong even after 15 years... and the proof of that is right here, in those photos :)

Arnab Majumdar

Ann said...

Thank you for visiting. Where did your husband do the stem cell? It is not legal in New Zealand.

I am interested in life journeys. I will be returning to read more.

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Pearl Maple said...

What a wonderful adventure filled day, it is a long way but certainly a sight to see.

Anonymous said...

Great that you was able to see family! I've never been on a commercial airline before... only helicopters & a sea plane!

Have a great weekend =)

lorik said...

I really enjoyed reading about your trip - and the christening in the next post. What a beautiful grandchild you have. I have a grandson too - he is now 20 months old.

And I see you visited Manly, one of my favourite places here and a place I visit often. I also notice that your daughter lives very close to me-judging by the photograph. If she lives in Glebe, she is about 3 kms away. We lived in Glebe before we moved here.

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