Revival time

After meeting Cate yesterday in Canberra, it was time for another round of revivals. First, I met Angus again, whom I met in Melbourne last year and then on in Sydney. He was so generous to offer me a place to crash for the night, and we went out afterwards… … to meet Glenn, a […] Read More

Up the coast

Final, final, final bookings are being made on this trip. I only have to book a place in Canberra and that! is! it! I decided to leave Melbourne on Saturday 14th, exactly one month after arriving, and take four days to drive up the coast to Sydney. I was tempted to cancel it and stay […] Read More

Aussie spending

Aussie money is colorful, by the way. And made out of plastic, with a see-through security window. I liked the feel of it. It’s pretty nice to handle. You have to get used to the coins though, some comedian had the brilliant idea to make them smaller the bigger the value… Australia has been expensive. […] Read More

Beach walk

I expected my last day in Sydney to be sunny… but it wasn’t meant to be. It was cloudy, and by the time the bus dropped me off at Coogee Beach, it started to rain…. Desperation! I walked a bit along the beach, then sat a bit under cover in one of the park huts, […] Read More

Sydney harbor

Just a few pics from the Harbor Bridge and the CBD, day and night. It’s a great sight. Rajiv and I had a little snack and some wine after the opera tour. We finally enjoyed some blue sky view onto the harbor. Changes everything. The bridge is the other Sydney landmark, opposite the Opera. Construction […] Read More


Finally, I ticked it off my list. The ultimate tourist attraction in Sydney: its Opera. It is an iconic building. One of the few that instantly identifies with its city, like probably only the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, or the Golden Gate Bridge do. More so, it’s a modern building, opened in 1973, it only […] Read More

Muriel (…and then some art)

The sun is back – for a day. Still, I followed my usual routine of blogging, sorting pics and booking stuff in the morning in my corner Café, cute Forbes&Burton on the corner of, you guessed it, Forbes and Burton Streets. After that, a stroll through the parks towards the Art Gallery of New South […] Read More

Endless rain

It rained cats and dogs on Sunday. I’ll remember Sydney as the rainy city. So I spend the morning in a café, checking flights, itineraries etc. for New Zealand. In the afternoon I went to see a movie – again. The Hobbit (Part 2). Maybe in a sense to prepare for New Zealand’s South Island. Maybe […] Read More

Sydney Harbor Cruise

I met up with my friend Angus on Saturday afternoon, he got me onto a boat cruise through the Sydney Harbor. It had been raining all morning and it didn’t look like it would get much better, but it was a fun cruise. Together with a bunch of his friends we circled the harbor, crossed […] Read More

Small world

It must have been at least 10 years since I last saw them: Robert, with whom I went to college in Bruges, and his wife Suzanne, a fellow Madonna fan. They both are Dutch diplomats, and we stayed in touch via Facebook throughout the years, their postings to Washington D.C., various Madonna tours, and their […] Read More

Dallas Buyer Club

It’s raining cats and dogs in Sydney so I have spent a lot of time in cinemas – and more is planned. I never saw a Matthew McConaughey movie – at least none I remember. He usually plays those easy-to-forget romantic comedies, fine if nothing else is on TV, but nothing with a bit of […] Read More

Cruise visitor

Ingrid, who is working with me for the European Union, is a true Weltenbummler. I lost track of all the trips and cruises she has done. Caribbean, up north, Canada… And now, she’s boarding a cruise ship for a 17-day trip from Australia to New Zealand and back. She’ll be on one of the massive […] Read More