A friend sent me an email the other day, asking me for an update on what we are doing here, so here goes. We are here in Australia for the first 5 months of 2014 for my husband to write a book while on sabbatical from his teaching gig as a professor of law at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. He is not teaching at all while here, but has an office at the University of Melbourne and has been asked to give talks in several cities in Australia while we are here: Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
When David first mentioned going to Australia a year or so ago, it seemed so far away that I really didn’t pay that much attention. Then as the time got closer, I realized that my day-to-day life was about to change big-time and I had to get ready. We rented our home to two very nice Norwegian men, taking engineering leadership classes at Stanford. For more info on getting our place ready read: On My Way to the Land Down Under.
And we found a place to rent in Melbourne from a couple who create multi-media displays for museums around the world. We are actually sharing their place, a co-housing sort of arrangement. For the most part it has been fine, as they are barely here and when they are, they are very helpful and friendly. When they are in town, they leave for work in the morning by 9 am and don’t get home until 10 pm or later. In essence, we feel like we have the place to ourselves. The jet lag was an adjustment, Jet Lag: it is an adventure but all is good now.
Since I arrived in Melbourne, 6 weeks ago, we have taken two amazing trips. Our first to New Zealand was wonderful. Here is a shot I took in Doubtful Sound, a fjord on the south island and us on our hike above Queenstown.
We also went to Tasmania and had a terrific time. Here I am petting a wild wallaby that came up to us while we were picnicking on Wineglass Bay Beach and of us hiking up to the lookout before descending to the beach. Wineglass Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches and hikes we have ever been on.
Melbourne is a very easy city to live in. We are in what is called the Central Business District or CBD. It is very urban and fun. So far we have just scratched the surface in exploring the city. We took a walking tour of the laneways and alleys. Here is David in an alley with art commissioned by the city. And of me by one of the trees in the city center that has been yarn bombed.
I wrote a post just on the yarn bombing as a stitcher I found it fascinating. Last Saturday we joined in the city sponsored White Nights celebration, an all-night event in the CBD with bands, artists, performers and more. More than half a million people attended. To deal with the crowds, we retreated to a chocolate bar for some reinforcements before heading home.
Overall things are going well for us here–with the exception that my hard drive decided to go on sabbatical too. Getting it fixed by Dell, even though it is under warranty, is not the adventure I had hoped for! I am living very peacefully here: my days are filled with yoga classes, writing, shopping for fresh food at the Victoria Market, attending events at the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria, and wandering around, exploring my new environment.
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