The Average Australian

It’s been a full schedule of meetings and gatherings since I’ve been in Australia. Christoph is back in the office while I’m in my final leg of this visit.

What struck Christoph and I on this trip was the fact that we are seeing so many different backgrounds and faces all mixed together. South African property agents, Pakistani taxi drivers, Sudanese Uber drivers, Indian retailers, Chinese bankers, German plumbers, Swedish waiters, Vietnamese beauticians... the list can go on and on. I’m certain we can find someone from almost every country on earth here but what is wonderful is that every one of them call Australia home :o)

Also, I finally have some photos from our time together in Perth and Sydney. Have a look in the Photo Gallery!

Shanghai Calling

I'm finally back in Shanghai after a three-month hiatus. It didn't seem I was away for that long until I came back to our apartment and couldn't remember where I had placed things. It's also been three months since Christoph and I were in Shanghai together, now that does feel weird.

I ended up spending just over a month in Australia and loved being back 'home' for the summer. Christoph had two weeks for Chinese New Year and we spent it wisely; lots of sleeping-in for him, longs walks, yummy food and plenty of down-time in fresh air. Best of all, however, was spending time with family and friends in Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Top, lunch with the family in Perth, bottom, lunch with the family in Sydney.

Top, lunch with the family in Perth, bottom, lunch with the family in Sydney.

Being able to just go to the beach was heaven. Over the years, I've really started to miss the Australian beaches and so having the freedom to squish sand between my toes and to dive into fresh salty water felt divine!

Top left and clockwise: Dunsborough, Surfer's Paradise, Manly and Cabbage Tree Bay

Top left and clockwise: Dunsborough, Surfer's Paradise, Manly and Cabbage Tree Bay

I have about a month in Shanghai before I head back to Perth to check on a project there. I will fill you in on the details once I have the full picture. What's new in Shanghai is that we will move to an apartment three floors down from the one we're currently in. It'll be slightly bigger as Christoph was suffering somewhat from not having a home office last year, so we bit the bullet and decided to shift. I also get to benefit from the new arrangements by being the recipient of a bigger kitchen...yay! It'll be a small packing job next week and we'll move on Saturday but I can't wait!

Wonderful Sydney!

We had a terific time in Sydney!!! Wow...Sydney... beautiful Sydney. We enjoyed lovely weather, had lots of amazing food, spent lots of time in the sunshine and, best of all, had many laughs with family and friends. All the good things in life :o)

Thank you to my siblings who travelled to Sydney to join us. It was so great to see you all and for those we didn't get to catch up with, see you next year! And also a big thank you to our friends who helped us continue the eating marathon!! hehehe

I am in the process of compiling an album of our two weeks and will post it the moment it is set to go.

We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the summer!