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Darwin and Surrounds

April 26- May 12, 2011

Hello to everyone,

Well we have been in Darwin for just over a month now and we are having a great time. We have spent our time evenly between relaxing, sightseeing and of course job hunting. Ken has been sent on a tour of duty to the wilds of South Australia for a month and Sam was kind enough to invite us to stay with her while he is away.

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We have been taking in the vast array of history and enjoying the many and varied dining experiences in Darwin and surrounds. We have eaten crumbed crocodile and barramundi which contrary to popular belief is not standard fare for the average Darwinian neither is the giant 2L Darwin stubby – but I guess I will have to experience that as well. I even went on a fishing charter with Ken and managed to catch a dozen of the northern equivalent of Snapper, which was great but cleaning them really took some doing after a big day at sea.

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We have to make special mention of the Arafura games which is on at the moment. The games are used as a qualifying event for 2nd and 3rd tier athletes trying to better their times etc to get them into other bigger events. There are representatives from 40 countries with most coming from Australia and Indonesia. We went to the opening ceremony on Saturday night which was huge. The event was opened by Quentin Bryce with performances from Jessica Mauboy and Icehouse. It was worth sitting through Jessica just to see Icehouse perform Great Southern Land.

We have spent some time looking for work which has been interesting to say the least. I have applied for 3 positions and was offered them all, one at the Darwin City Council, one at the airport and finally one in the city at GHD which I have accepted and am due to start on May 23. Jacqui has also applied for a couple of jobs and is waiting on a reply – nothing seems to happen in a hurry up here.
This weekend we are off the Mary River for a look around and to take in some of the ‘jumping crocs’ at Adelaide River. Looking ahead there is a lot on our social plate; the deck chair (outdoor) cinema, Litchfield National Park and also the Darwin Cup which we understand is the pinnacle of the fashion in NT. I have to go as Jac wants to get onto eBay to put in a bid for Princess Beatrices’ ‘Pretzel’ fascinator.

Till next time, take care.

Posted by jacanddan 19:03 Archived in Australia

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Hi Jacanddan,
Great reading your blog, we're certainly learning a bit about the top end.
We've just returned from our Bright ride, beautiful place, lots of trees in their autumn colours. Our main highlight was cycling up Mt Buffalo.
On the way to Bright we had to share our hotel room with a mouse, we got caught in the mouse plague at Pinnaroo, Pinna mouse poo.
Kathryn just asked after you, wondering how you are going. Justin is busy as usual, flitting about all over the place.
Great what you are doing, geting work and experiencing the places as a local would.
Time for me to edit the Bright project and Dolores to do some cooking, give Tuscan beef stew a go!!
Ciao for now
Dolores and Ricoxx

by Dolores & Rico

Hello Peoples,
Are you both working now?
We're plodding along, same ol same ol.
The next tour is in the planning stage, NZ south island is what we're looking at starting in Bluff on the tip of the south island and finishing at Picton where the ferry leaves for the north island.
We've added a CD to our collection, have you seen the Ikea ad Always in the kitchen at parties? we love the song and remember it from the 80's. Well we bought the CD and it's Great. Last Saturday evening we had Harrison and Cameron dancing to it, they came over to light the fire, they love that, pyromaniacs??
OK guys be hearing from yah.
Ciao for now
Dolore and Ricoxx

by dorico

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