Its long weekend here in Australia (as usual) This place is ridiculous, they have the day of for anything, sport events, random royalty, somebody nobody ever heard of´s birthday. Any excuse to drink, wear singlets and have a good time with their friends; “mates” here in Australia. I have nothing against these public holidays of course! Just cant wait to start working and get days off here and there 🙂 🙂
We were invited to Arash and Hanna´s house to watch the AFL. It was really good to see everyone again, after almost one year now! I am so lucky that all of Ambrose´s friends are such nice and welcoming people. I always have a good time when I’m with them. This was the first time I met Arash & Hannah though and again, they could not be any nicer. He is Persian and his wife if from Australia, like me and Ambrose. Funny to speak farsi here.
Byron Bay. I preferred Noosa though. Noosa was exactly like a small, exclusive southern France village. Love places like that. We had such a good time so not much pictures. Here below is a restaurant we can recommend in Noosa –
Noosa Beach House
Drove to Brisbane to have brunch with Mia at there new house. Unfortunately we missed Tim as he is in Papua New Guinea where he works.
On my to do list has always been to swim in waterfalls and like always Ambrose takes me to the most amazing places! If you are ever in Queensland, visit Currumbin Creek!
Our Hotel- Meriton. We usually try and book apartment hotels when we travel. Ambrose likes to have several rooms and I really like the idea of just staying in and relaxing in your own spacious living room some night during a vacation. Gold Coast can be quite intense so pizza and movie night such as are the best.
We rented a boat to go fishing and lay around sand bars.
Watching sunset at Q1. I was not really interested to go up there to be honest. But if you are going out with a Town Planner I guess you just have to go along these things. Was really cool though. If you are at the Gold Coast, its worth a visit.
Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar – If you are after hamburgers, this is where you go.
There was actually a Persian restaurant called Rumi. Of course we had dinner here one night. The atmosphere is lovely, nice music, staff and great food. On Monday and Tuesdays they have a kind of tasting nights. Great if you are not familiar with Persian cuisine and can try out different dishes.Not our absolute favorite but still a good place for cocktails and Mexican food is Miss Margarita in Byron Bay. We had lunch nr. 1 at place called The Dip, but we were disappointed so we continued to lunch nr.2 at Miss Margarita hahaha Ramen and Jasmin green tea in China Town. We went here alot, you can more or less pick any place down here and have a great meal.
We can really recommend ELK. Seriously one of my best breakfast experiences in Australia.
There is so much to do in Gold Coast, whale watching, paddle boarding, jet ski, special effects cinemas, Sea World, theme parks etc. Here are just some of the things we did; Bowling Bar. Gambling at the Casino. Paddle Boarding at this amazing place!
Hi! It feels like its been forever.
We drove back for over 8 hours and came back home around 1am. The plan was to keep updates here from our trip but then you keep doing things all the time so in reality there actually is no time for uploading pictures and writing. And also, we did go on a vacation so relaxing by the hotel pool and do absolutely noting surely is a vacation activity.
I though I will put some of my pictures from our trip up, and then comment just below. This way if anyone is going to any of these places, can get some tips on my favorite places and those less nice. (well, according to my taste anyway haha)
Now we are off to Anastasia´s graduation brunch at The Secret Cafe!
We are unpacking, cleaning, washing and its been crazy around the house today. At the same time we are trying to plan our vacation. First we wanted to road trip to the great barrier reefs, then we thought maybe we should fly and visit my friends Astrid & Gaell whom lives in Ho Chi Min City. And yesterday Ambros’s brother told me we should go to Vanuatu Island because apparently their cousin own a resort over there…
I really want to show Ambrose Vietnam, he will definitely love it, But they have rainy season apparently and there is no surf there. Just texted Astrid and according to them its not alot of rain at all, so still don’t know what to do, where to go!?? I would love to see the great barrier reefs before they destroy it though! haha lovely problems we have.
Found these old pictures from our 4 weeks in Singapore and Vietnam. And Vietnam was one of my favorite places ever for sure.
Aaaannnnddddd we move again! We woke up early Saturday morning after Friday nights festivities and the plan was to move. But clearly we wanted to leave Mudgee our style…. So we spent a couple of hours in bed and then walk to into town to pick up the car. Stopped by the weekend market before driving to The Pumphouse for breakfast at this beautiful location.
Went back for a drive, had take away Thai food picnic by the river and then we finally picked up some coffees and went back home to start packing. But we actually did good. A couple of hours packing, stess-selling stuff on Mudgee Buy/Swap/Sell and I think by 6pm we were on the road to the coast with Golden Beauty filled to the max. Both me and Ambrose have moved so many times that I guess we know how to do this quickly by now.
This morning I woke up in Ambrose parents house where we will be staying while searching for our own house.
Ambrose and his dad had to drive back to Mudgee to get the last of our stuff. I will start cleaning up/ unpacking and then Leonard and Nick are picking me up for lunch at Gnostic.
They all though I was such a nerd, and usually I don’t care about these stuff but I though it was really exciting to walk in to this place where they fix surfboards. Maybe its exciting because we don’t have this back in Sweden. I’m getting my own surfboard as well. Just got to recover my neck first….
This beautiful family. Daniel, Rachel and little Xavier – the birthday boy
A jumping castle – very popular with the kids. And adults as well. I’m surprised we did not brake it actually.
hahah we cant stop laughing seeing this. He looks like a piece of dough ready to become a pizza or something.
Seriously. How damn cute can one get!?
I love this picture of Ambrose. Makes me smile every time I see how happy he looks in this picture. Mi Amore <3
Yesterday was Xavier’s 1st birthday. Daniel and Rachel had a big BBQ at their house. So great to see everyone again 🙂 The best part was seeing Xavier having his birthday cake. He never had sugar before and he went from super tired to all excited, laughing, trying to talk and playing in the giant jumping castle. We left back to Mudgee straight after the party. Our last week in Mudgee…. And like always the sky was amazing. The sky is always amazing in Australia. ________________________________________
Thought I beat this Jet lagging nonsense this time but nope! It 4:18 in the morning and I haven’t been able to sleep anything. Although last night we did go to bed at 7PM and woke up the next day at 11AM so probably not the best decision….
Was messaging with Hanie and Jasmin and they advised me to get up and do something instead of just laying in bed tossing around. So having tea and looking at some pictures from today. After driving the bbq to Daniel and Rachels house we had brunch with Dad and Anastasia at The Secret Cafe. Their surf & Turf was actually really nice but huge.
Before heading back we went to check the surf ( well Ambrose checked it )
Lenonard and Nick were at the house when we came back so we decided last minute to go to Sushi train and the movies with them. Apparently there is a disco ice rink next door to the movies that Ambrose wants us to go to but they were thank God about to close. Being jet lagged and doing activities is exhausting. Such an 90´s looking place!
Every time I’m forgetting exactly how long this journey is! The plane left Arlanda at 6:30, then Düsseldorf ( Germany is really growing on my more and more ) and then Abu Dhabi. The best was that there was absolutely no line at customs in Sydney. They did lose my luggage though. So now Im at Ambrose parents home, waiting for them to bring my luggage.
When there is nothing to say, nothing to do, days like today when honestly, all you can do is wait I always try and go back to the core of what Rumi meant with this poem. Which is basically, what is at this moment is whats suppose to be. And its for the best, right here and right now.
I wanted to have the other picture next to Rumi´s poem. This is a picture from earlier this year when Ambrose and I visited The Vatican City. That place represents all this rules and religion and more often than not, people mistake all of that bullshit with things like Spiritually, Peace, Joy, Love. Even if that place was beautiful and I’m glad we visited it, neither I or Ambrose wanted to stay there for long. I dont know, for some reason you could just feel that the energy was not a good one.
Whatever man! 🙂 Whatever happends…just go back to Rumi!
This is the day this chubby, cute, lovely and absolutely adorable little human being is having his christening ( is that even correct English ?? haha) I cant believe I missed this day! Think both me and Ambrose though I would be there by now. He is Xavier´s Godfather and Im desperately trying to get a cool role as well, but so far Im just “aunty Nicci” wich sucks haha
Im in love with him and I haven’t even met him yet. Super strange, but I started falling in love with him after all the pictures and videos Ambrose sent me. Cant wait to meet him, and all the rest of my Australian family. This picture is from New Years Eve 2014 when we all gathered at the house. We all look ridiculous but so much fun.
So instead of family celebration in Australia I went to Susie’s house, her dad worked at this translation company so he is going to help us translate the visa documents from Swedish to English. I am beyond grateful.
I decided to walk and somehow, because of all the construction sites and rebuilding going on here now, I totally got lost. I could not find my way out of the construction site and because its Sunday, there was no one around to help me. It was all good though, I got to listen to Calvin Harris and Elissa on repeat and pretend im a singer as I ALWAYS done as long as I can remember haha.
Now I have to go shower off this Indian oil treatment- Amla, that is suppose to be really good for the hair.