Thursday, May 17, 2012
Yank in Australia". I update it almost every day with my "Aussie Word of the Day". If you "like" my page, you can join in the conversation! We have a blast discussing the current "word of the day" which is sometimes sharing Aussie Slang, Rhyming Slang and sharing things that I find different from life back home. I hope you will join us!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
|Bells Beach, Rip Curl Pro |
The world’s longest running (since 1961)
and most prestigious world tour surfing event
A couple of weeks ago, Ashley and I hurriedly packed up our car (without the boys this time), filled up on petrol and gas (our car runs on two fuels which is nice for long road trips) and drove from our home just outside of Adelaide,South Australia to Torquay, Victoria (outside of Melbourne.) We spent over 8 hours in our car driving along 750-plus kilometers (or over 460 miles) of straight highway covered in “bitumen” (pronounced “bich-oo-men” and Americans would call “asphalt”) across wide-open Australian plains, dotted with gum trees and the occasional dead kangaroo on the side of the road! Yes, that's what I said, "dead kangaroo!" Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but kangaroo are to Aussies what deer are to Americans. We love to see them in the wild, but fear hitting one with our car for the damage they cause. We talked about our kids, laughed about the way we pronounce words differently, (did you know that in Australia, “walk” and “fork” rhyme?) And we even made plans on how we would grow our new SendOutCards business in both America and Australia. We have dreams like everyone else does and know this is the vehicle that will finally change everything! We sang along with The Jets and the Beatles…watched “Two and a Half Men” on DVD…well, I watched and Ashley listened! And we never ran out of things to talk about! Life’s great when you’re married to your best friend!
|Remaining grandstands on Bells Beach|
|Geelong life savers...you'll also need to search for the sailor,|
pirates, a brass band, a mail carrier, artist and swimmers!
|Off The Great Ocean Road, Split Point Light House at Aireys Inlet, Victoria|
I took this photo. Isn't it pretty?
“ho hum” about them to tell you the truth! They think of them as noisy, messy pests because they squawk loudly and chew into telephone wires. But to this Yank, all I see is the bird who starred in "Baretta" (starring Robert Blake 1975-1978) and I want to snap pictures wildly, like some paparazzi chasing after a movie star!
|Now imagine these are cockatoos staring you down!|
So the cockatoos of Lorne are not only beggars but they are in-your-face beggars! Seagulls will at least keep a respectful distance, but the cockatoos have no problems flying right up to people and stealing their lunch out of their hands, as we saw them do while we were there! One older woman...probably in her 70's was feeding them, when they decided to start landing on her! The poor woman had two on her shoulders and one on her head and they were wildly flapping their wings about, messing up her hair. It was reminiscent of the scene in "The Birds" when Tippy Hedron was attacked by seagulls! Needless to say she won't be feeding the birds in Lorne again any time soon!
|Costco, Melbourne, Australia...looks like the one back home in Oregon!|
|Similar menu...except for the prices and the "Aussie Meat Pie"|
|Love the view of Melbourne from Costco!|
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