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17 December 2011 · 2 comments in Life in General,Photography

Jul

Jul

Jul

Jul

Jul

I’m trying my best to get into the holiday spirit, but I find in hard in the middle of summer, even after seven years in Australia. This year is the first year I won’t be seeing my family over Christmas, so I’ve been trying extra hard to get the house decorated. James and I got a Christmas tree (a small, cheap plastic one, but a Christmas tree nonetheless) for the first time and I started knitting a mitten garland to hang over it, only to get bored after two mittens. The house is looking more Scandinavian than ever given all of my Swedish Christmas decorations. My favourite thing, however, has to be the little tomtar (elves) that I’ve scatted among Muji’s New York in a bag, one of our souvenirs from the US trip. And the Christmas baking starts tonight. Maybe that’ll help?

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

After San Francisco, we headed to Seattle, which was a nice and relaxing break after our busy days in San Francisco. I liked Seattle a lot, but it wasn’t as flashy as the other cities we saw; it seemed like a great place to live but not as exciting a place to visit. During our time in Seattle, we went out to Bainbridge Island, took the underground tour (very cool!) and saw the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But the best part was probably getting to meet my friends Sarah and Ceylan for the first time. I loved meeting all my online friends, but these two are my closest and oldest friends. I’ve known Ceylan for almost five years and she came all the way from Texas! I also became fast friends with Ashley, Sarah and her husband Jay’s beautiful golden retriever.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

We got back from our US trip a few weeks ago, but I have only just had time to go through my photos until now. We visited four cities and had a fantastic time. As a bonus, I got to meet a bunch of friends I’d previously only  talked to online. Thankfully, they’re just as great in person as on the internet. Our first stop was San Francisco. We spent hours walking up and down the hills, visited Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf and all the other touristy places, and ate some great food.

On the way to Canberra

Last weekend James and I went to Canberra for the long weekend, both for the first time ever. You might think I do lots of travelling in Australia, given that I just blogged about my trip to the Great Ocean Road, but that’s not really true. These two trips were the first time I’d been travelled within Australia since New Years 2009, and the reason was pretty boring: I had to visit the Swedish Embassy in Canberra to renew my passport.

On the way to Canberra

We drove up on Saturday. Door to door, it took about eight and a half hours, and as we were getting close, the light outside the car was so beautiful I couldn’t resist getting my camera out and snapping some photos through the windows.

On the way to Canberra

Throughout the drive, I couldn’t stop marvelling over the unique Australian landscape. I rarely get out of the city, and the vegetation here is so different from what I’m used to in Sweden. Of course, James found me ridiculous: “It’s just normal Australia.” Yeah, after six years here, I’m still a tourist.

Parliament House

One of the first things we did was go to visit Parliament House. We walked from the hotel, which was really bizarre because it was so quiet and empty. We were sure there’d been a zombie apocalypse. Parliament House itself wasn’t really that exciting, but we felt like it was something we had to do, given that we were in the nation’s capital. The most interesting part was just knowing that this is where all the decisions get made.

Parliament House

It is, however, a pretty interesting building, which looks sort of like a fortress, set up on a hill and buried under the ground.

View from the top of Parliament House

You can also take the lift up to the roof and look out over the city.

No knitting in the House of Representatives!

Next, we visited the old Parliament House, which has been turned into a museum. In many ways it was much more interesting than the new building. James pointed out this sign: no knitting in the House of Representatives!

Australian War Memorial

Overall all though, the highlight for me, if you can call it that, was visiting the Australian War Memorial. I didn’t think it was going to affect me that much, but walking through the museum inside which details Australia’s involvement in World War I and II gave me a lump in my stomach and made me tear up more than once.

Australia War Memorial

Seeing all the exhibits and then the names of all the people who gave their lives was incredibly humbling. This is something I won’t forget for a long time.

Australia War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Great Ocean Road

This post is about two weeks late, but I still wanted to share these photos from the Great Ocean Road. My mum visited me for a week at the beginning of the month, and we drove up the coast together with a friend of my mum’s and her daughter. Even though I’ve been in Melbourne for over six years now, I’ve never been up the Great Ocean Road, so it was about time.

Great Ocean Road

We saw the Apostles, went up into the Cape Otway lighthouse and generally acted like tourists. It was great to spend some quality time with my mum and see some of the beautiful sights around Victoria.

Great Ocean Road

I won’t go into more detail right now. Hopefully I’ll have more to say next week, maybe even about something knitting-related!

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

2010 in pictures

21 March 2010 · 1 comment in Photography

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The Commons

15 March 2010 · 1 comment in Photography

I’m probably the last person on the internet to find this, but when I logged onto Flickr today, my eyes were drawn to a link for The Commons. The Commons showcases forgotten photography from the world’s public collection. I haven’t had the chance to poke around properly, but here’s one of my favourite pictures from the State Library of New South Wales.

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I’m so behind with these posts.

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2010 in pictures

22 February 2010 · 0 comments in Photography

I’m a whole week late posting these, but hey, better late than never, right? Last week’s photos will go up tomorrow.

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2010 in pictures

9 February 2010 · 0 comments in Photography

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