Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I'm sitting in a very hot apartment (oops we missed the bit that said no air conditioner!!) in Melbourne on day 3 of our holidays , on SH's work laptop watching the US Inauguration. WOW!!! I did set my alarm to get up at 3am to watch it live but must admit I rolled over and decided my sleep would come first. The swearing in and speech has well and truly been replayed so I didn't miss that. I am glued to the tv, I have never seen anything like it. I am sure in the past Inaugurations have been reported here in Australia but never anything like this. I can only imagine how it would be to actually be in Washington. (If anyone over in the states has Obama souvenirs they would like to pass on let me know, I definitely have Obama fever!!)
As I have mentioned before most of my family (okay all of them except me!) are Geelong Football Club supporters - the Cats, and for that reason are very excited as one of their former players will be playing in the Superbowl for Arizona , Ben Graham. I think , but am not sure , that it is the first time an Australian will play in the final. It didn't matter which team won that game as another Australian Sav Rocco who used to play football for Collingwood played for Philadelphia .
Our first day of our holiday went well. We arrived in Melbourne and went straight to Ikea where we had lunch, looked at storage options for our living room, and generally browsed. I didn't buy a lot and only one piece of fabric . Will try and post a photo when I get home. The highlight of our trip to Ikea was stopping at the Swedish food hall on the way out and stocking up on Daim Chocolate!!! We love it and it is not easily available here. Must be my Norwegian blood coming out..... We went to a great Greek restaurant at Southbank for dinner - Yum!!
Yesterday we spent at the tennis. The 'horsey' one and I lined up for 1 1/2 hours to visit the Garnier tent (Garnier is a sponsor of the tournament, a skin care company, at their tent you can have a mini massage, facial, or hair treatment and receive a showbag with full size products worth about $70). We then escaped the sun and headed to our shady seats in the main stadium. We were lucky enough to see two of my favorite players in a row, firstly Serena Williams who won easily and then Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian who unfortunately lost. For dinner it was off to Chinatown, once again YUM! Weather has been very hot and sticky but it is summer so is to be expected!!
I think off to the Art Gallery this morning then maybe a little retail therapy!!!


Carol said...

No AC?!?!?!?!? Oh Lordy Lord! You must be stifling if it's anything like here at the moment. Hope you enjoy your holiday, the Garnier tent sounds like my kinda place!

Indigo Blue said...

Sounds like my kind of day! You packed a lot in. Continue to have fun!