What we are doing in Australia

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.

Doubtful Sound Hike

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.

Cute Wallaby US

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.

Art Yarn Bombing

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.

Australia Market Chocolate

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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Yours,

Heidi

PS: For other shots of our trip to New Zealand check out: https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152255674049532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152249454329532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152229551594532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152226920599532

PPS: Other photos from our Tasmania trip can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152283608639532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152279412689532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152279356964532 and
https://www.facebook.com/heidi.sloss/posts/10152283616514532



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16 thoughts on “What we are doing in Australia

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      I have the least amount of stress I have had in years. Glad my new stress-less lifestyle is coming out in my blog posts. It is part of that whole thing of learning to mother myself.

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  1. Mary Albitz

    Will you still be there in beginning of June? I have a Rotary International Convention in Sydney that I am attending. I’ll be in Sydney from May 30 through June 7 returning June 8. If you are still there, maybe we could connect.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Sadly we wont be here when you get to Australia. We leave to go back to CA on June 3rd. We are going to Sydney in April, I am looking forward to doing the Bridge walk. David did it a few years ago and it looks fantastic!

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  2. dani

    I am so glad you are photographing everything you are doing and sharing your journey. Everything is so breathtaking and you and David look like you are having such a fantastic time.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      We are having a wonderful time. I am enjoying the adventure, writing about and even taking the photos. I brought my camera, but have been using my Nexus 5 cell phone as a camera and i think the photos are turning out fine–glad you think so too!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks for reading about our Aussie adventures. We are having a terrific time–much better than I ever imagined!

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  3. Elizabeth Tucker

    WOW, Heidi!!!!
    Thank you for including me on this thread! Australia and NZ are high on my bucket list!
    Keep updating – love hearing about everything over there!!

    EnJOY every minute! What a great adventure
    :-))
    Blessings,
    ET

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      So glad you are enjoying reading about our adventures down under! it is amazingly beautiful here, when you get your chance to visit, I think you will love it: the people are friendly, it is easy to get around and there are tons of things to do. We are only scratching the surface of all there is to do and explore here.

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  4. Paola

    It sounds wonderful! The tone of your “voice” is laid back and excited at the same time: the best combination!.I look forward to hear all about it when you get back.
    A big hug to both of you.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks Paola, it has been wonderful! And I am about as mellow and laid back as I have ever been. Truly a gift from my husband to have these 5 months in a beautiful place with little to do but explore the environment and my writing.

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  5. Kim A. Hazel

    I enjoyed this post! I like how you worked it out with your house and your living arrangements in Oz. It sounds like you took in the whole experience. I have major envy!!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Australia was fantastic, I highly recommend it as a place to see. I had to be dragged there kicking and screaming, but once there I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was for us to be there. Not sure where we will end up for our next sabbatical, but hopefully it will be a lot easier to “get out of Dodge!”

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