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be Rust kennen we hier niet... Ik heb nog steeds het gevoel op reis te zijn en wil dus alle vrije tijd investeren in het ontdekken van de nabije tot verdere omgeving van Melbourne. Na twee (oei, bijna drie) maanden begin ik dat toch te voelen dus nu gaan we het toch wat rustiger aan doen, en eens een weekendje niets doen is zalig. Zorgt er zelfs voor dat ik me hier meer thuis voel... Maar hier dus foto's van de weekenduitstappen. Veel Engels zodat medereizigers kunnen meelezen...

eng Click on the thumbnails to explore the photos from the weekend trips. Feel free to react in English even though other comments are in Dutch...

 

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Ballarat

1 sep 2007

eng My third weekend in Australia. I still haven't found a house, and I have a bit of a flew (be 'k zin ziek) as you can see on the images where I'm wearing all my warm clothes + jacket + scarf. This can't stop me from joining a trip with some IAESTies to Ballarat and the authentically restored mining town Sovereign Hill. The place seems to be very touristic, but still it's nice to see the mining infrastructure and all restoration has been done using methods from those days...

 

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Treeplanting Benalla

8 - 9 sep 2007

eng Aha, I'm feeling better and ready for some charity work. The Australian nature calls for help. As you might or might not know, there a big draught going on in and around Melbourne, so some parts need a hand from us.
In Benalla, we planted a strip of trees to preserve the natural environmental conditions for the local animals, some of whom are only rarely spotted in the region nowadays. On saterday evening we had a very good meal prepared for us, and sunday afternoon my first Australian barbeque... A nice compensation for the hard work :)

 

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Sydney

22 -24 sep 2007

eng Apart from the dark and rainy start on saterday, this 3 day Sydney trip turned out to be the hottest sunny weekend I'd had here this far! Great Sydney contrast with cold Melbourne...

 

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Great Ocean Road

29 sep - 1 okt 2007

eng 12 trainees, 3 days, 2 cars, 1 GREAT ocean road, 0 sun, and an awful lot of kilometres... Thé road trip you have to do when you're in Melbourne. About wild waves, great views, raindrops, waterfalls and barbies...

 

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Grampians

6 - 7 oct 2007

eng The Grampians National Park. Situated about 250km north-west of Melbourne, these rocky mountains have impressed me very much and I haven't seen enough of them. They had a great bushfire in januari 2006, and now the bush is beautifully recovering: the black bark of the trees in contrast of the fresh green grass and leaves is to the eye as chocolate fudge is to the tongue. Very hard to capture that on camera to be honest...

 

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Tasmania

18 - 22 okt 2007

eng Our 5 day Tassie trip. A swirling ride passing wild seas, rough cliffs, icy mountain peaks, green rainforests, peaceful lakes, snowy walks, lovely fishing harbours and so much more... Don't forget to also explore the Hanson Lake panorama.

 

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Phillip Island Surfing

3 nov 2007

eng My first surfing experience with Martin, Alessandro, Hans & Samuel. Although we chose a bad cold day and a flat car accu, it was great fun!

 

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Melbourne Cup

6 nov 2007

eng 'Melbourne Cup Day' is the public holiday in Victoria on which everybody suddenly shows a big interest in the Horse Races. Indeed, the whole long weekend is devoted to the horse races at Flemington Racecourse where the best stallions compete eachother. We decided to find out which would be the next horse to shine in the Melbourne Cup Hall of Fame. We dressed up and headed for the racecourse to place a little bet...

10-11 nov 2007

eng The next weekend is a bit lazier, with a barbeque in St Kilda on saturday and Lawnbowling on sunday. These are just a few photos also included in this album...

 

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Murray River Canoeing

16 - 18 nov 2007

eng Time to head for nature again... A two day canoe trip on the Murray River through Barmah state forest was the perfect choice for spending the first hot days. But also an unforgettable first contact with the ever so popular Australian Fly who invites al his friends to join him sitting on your face and be as annoying as possible... Nevertheless we had a great time there; relaxing with a beer on the easy flowing river, in an "unsinkable" canoe... until this branch crosses our way... More to be revealed soon (when I get some photos from the other canoers)...

 

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Christmas Eve Dinner

24 dec 2007 (or what did you guess?)

eng  I decided to cook a nice christmas dinner for everyone who stayed in Melbourne over Christmas. A tapas-like entrée by Dori followed by a nice VISY turkeybreast préparé à la maman with garlic potatos. As dessert Christa's fruit salad and chocolate fudge à la Greve. And of course a lot of beer and wine to keep the spirit alive...

 

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New Zealand adventures!

feb - apr 2008

eng Of course everybody blames me that I don't update my website! Seems like nobody found out that there's a seperate page for my NZ adventure... It's the kiwi page, accessible by clicking the big kiwi bird in the rainforest! Bah, next time I'll make a boring site, with a list of links. Then you'll find it. Where has he gone, the internet explorer of the old days? Ts ts ts.

 
Travels around Australia

may-jun 2008

eng The last month has started, my brother arrived and together we'll take a tour of the big continent... Up the east coast to Cairns by campervan, after a refreshing dive we continue the tour in our brand spanking new $100 Toyota Corona via Kakadu, Alice Springs and Adelaide back to Melbourne. Enjoy!

 

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Karel: Nice...now we are talkingThu 15 Nov 2007 at 21h54
Brecht: Yep, I know a large part of the website is in Dutch. But it's a good way to train my Dutch (?) and some people at home might have a hard time understanding what I mean in English.Thu 22 Nov 2007 at 00h03
Lode: Hello, Brecht, can you translate the message above? I dont spreak very English.Wed 05 Dec 2007 at 18h29
wtf?: train your dutch ?! You are like from BE ?!Fri 14 Dec 2007 at 02h15
Brecht: Hmm, I see. I had this before: seems that it's hard for me to be ironic in English. Often it happens that it's not understood which can lead to awkward situations. Just like what happens here. What I actually meant is that I should write English (->impoving writing skills) but it's so much easier in Dutch, for me ànd for mummie and daddy ;) [awkward situation ends here]Thu 20 Dec 2007 at 19h24
mummie: waw that's what I call a 'quite big' gate, vanwaar komt deze zin opeens?Sat 22 Dec 2007 at 05h11
Brecht: U weet meer dan mijzelf... waar kom je deze zin zomaar opeens tegen?Tue 01 Jan 2008 at 22h47
mummy: Thu 10 Jan 2008 at 02h53
mummy: als je "your reaction" delete, komen er een keuze aan antwoorden te voorschijn getoverd...Thu 10 Jan 2008 at 02h54
Brecht: Ah mama, tijd voor computerles denk ik :) De lijst die je voorgeschoteld kreeg is een lijst van alle commentaren die je ooit gegeven hebt. Firebox slaat dat op voor het geval je hetzelfde nodig hebt (bv. je naam bij het geven van commentaar). Doch in dit geval is het 2x geven van dezelfde commentaar een blijk van verveling of a-originaliteit, iets waar wij ten allen tijde naar streven te vermijden ;)Mon 11 Feb 2008 at 20h22
Lode: InderdaadSun 24 Feb 2008 at 07h19
Lode: Zeer zekerSun 24 Feb 2008 at 07h19
Lode: StimmtSun 24 Feb 2008 at 07h20
Brecht: Vielen Dank Lode für das schöne Beispiel.Sat 08 Mar 2008 at 13h21
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