Sunday, November 13, 2011
Koalas! Kangaroos! Kookaburra! Cockatoo! Get your Australian animals here!!
Back in October (oh why has it taken me so long to post??) we took a drive with Mario's CSIRO coworkers Shiri (from Israel) and Nadine (from Switzerland). Wildlife and breathtaking vistas abounded!
So, without further ado...
|Our good little car - made it the whole way and back|
|An aboriginal mosaic sun dial in Torquay|
Then we were off to see some kangaroos!
|He wanted to jump with the kangaroos, but the sign said you could only golf with them.|
|Aparently, kangaroos really like golfing|
|Big awesome caterpiller|
|No, that's not food!!|
|One of many waterfalls we saw on the trip|
|To the lighthouse!|
|At the lighthouse|
|To Teddy's Lookout!|
|At Teddy's Lookout|
|Our first koala sighting!!|
|He came down from his tree...|
|walked over to another tree, scurried up it and promptly started GROWLING at us! It was the craziest sound ever! I'll try to upload some of the videos I took of the koalas, soon...|
|We pet this one. He didn't seem to mind, but we were ready to run for it if he got upset!|
|This Koala is holding a baby against its chest. It's kind of hard to see, but once you know it's there, isn't it just too cute for words?|
|A couple of the Twelve Apostles are visible on the right|
|The Twelve Apostles at dusk|
Wow! The time here in Melbourne has really flown by so far! I'm living in one of the cooler neighborhoods - St. Kilda - on the safer side (which is good). Our studio came fully furnished. It's small but really cozy. Currently, I'm teaching Elementary-level English as a Second Language to international students from South Korea and Colombia at Menzies Institute of Technology downtown. It's really fun and the students are fantastic. I'm also editing the English translation of a German book about Human Resources - so there's plenty of work to do!
So, if you have been wondering why it took me so long to get some pictures up on the blog, let a full-time+ work load and having far too much fun exploring a new city be my excuses :) I hope you like the following images. They begin with a little tour of my living quarters, then expand to some night shots of the local haunts (Windsor, Prahran, Balaclava). Finally we'll wind up at St. Kilda pier, which is only about a 15 minute walk from my apartment!
|The view from our 3rd story apartment in St Kilda|
|The hallway in our building|
|Our apartment at 28 38 Charnwood Rd. in St. Kilda, VIC|
|One of Melbourne's old fashioned electric trams|
|Check out the gorilla ravishing some poor mannequin on the top story|
|The Eye! I swear it moves - looks direc you sometimes, or looks suspiciously to one side or another.|
Let's take a walk to St. Kilda Beach!
|That's right, there are penguins living in the rocks!!|
|In the evening light|
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
- Albert Einstein