Meeting the neighbors

Nothing like a fire alarm to get to know your neighbors. 10 year old Jasper was quite excited about the whole event, but his 12 year old sister Kayla couldn’t be bothered much. We needed to calm our nerves afterwards with a T&T. Cheers!

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Classic T&T

Now that we’ve had a taste, we can’t wait until it’s 19 October. And we won’t wait until then either before we pour ourselves another G&T, or T&T as the local bottle shop would have it. And thanks to the amazing Hong Lan asian supermarket for the sweet limes.

T&T BeforeT&T After

An even more belated gin & tonic for a belated birthday party – cheers Cath! Better late than never, right? Right?!

New year, new home

We’ve moved into our own place on New Years Day.  This might seem like a small feat for a furnished apartment after our last move of our entire house in only one day. However, that was with the help of friends and after a long and thorough preparation. Here in Brizzy, it was just the two of us, still unaccustomed to the local temperatures (and a bit intoxicated by the two glasses of champagne for breakfast to celebrate first the Dutch and then the Portugese New Year).

Furnished or not, the place needed some adjustment to suit our needs. The second bedroom had to make room for a work- (and play-)room. Fortunately, there’s a completely useless second bathroom (who wants to clean two?), which nicely holds the second bed. And yes, we did make (several) IKEA run(s). So we’re happy to announce we once more invited Ivar to our home, this time in good company with some new friends Markus, Tornlinden and Nilserik and the trusted Molger in the bedroom. And as a finishing touch, we once again have The Kiss by Klimt above the television.

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Happy and Successful 2016!

I guess it pays to have good trade relations with the Chinese – that’s some serious fireworks you got going there, Brisbane! Happy New Year to one and all – make this one count!

Room with a view

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After a mere week scouring the map, filling spreadsheets and performing inordinate amounts of math, we’re happy to report we’ve found ourselves a fully furnished home and signed a lease. We’re joining the international jet set on the 18th floor in the Botanica residences:

Unit 1808, 4 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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We can only hope that, once the jet lag clears, we still think signing the lease was a good idea. But come 1 January 2016 we’re going to find out, because that’s when we’ll move in and we can start enjoying the view!

View from the balcony

View towards the city from the roof

Of course, we’ll still have to replace the bed with a larger one, move in a desk and sort some other stuff out, but it’s great to be able to have a home when work starts for Simone on January 4th and Jaap will doing interviews on the 5th.

(and yes, it’s got a decent internet connection on the National Broadband Network – since that was the primary search criterium ;-D)

The force down under

Full house at Cinemaplex on South Bank this Sunday afternoon (opening weekend) for a viewing of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (3D). Good fun, however they keep the cinemas cooler than Hoth, so next time we’ll bring a Tauntaun and a light saber!

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Thanks Katherine and Joao :).