Friday, August 31, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Brisbane, Australia (Aug 2007)- Monday, August 20, 2007. What a fine day. Delivery was a success. Mom, Dad and baby are all well. She entered the world at 3pm on Monday afternoon. She is a healthy 168 pages long. We call her: Essays on Anaylsts' Long-term Earnings Growth Forecasts, or, YOU BLOODY BEWDY, for short. She was 3.5 years in the making, but worth every freaking wrinkle and gray hair I've accumulated. We are so proud.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Brisbane, Australia (Aug 2007)- One word- delectable. This is the first word that comes to
mind after having enjoyed the surprisingly vast range of unique, yet edible native Australian flora and fauna at a quaint, but award-winning restaurant called “Tukka”. The origin of the word “tukka” is from “bush tucker” which refers to the collective diverse indigenous Australian foods that Aboriginal people and their descendants have been preparing for over 40,000 years. Advanced Australian fare… I’d say!!! The food was utterly brilliant. And since this was part of a large “last Aussie hoorah”, we went all out. Appetizer, entrées, matching wines, mains, and dessert- the whole shebang. Here’s how the evening progressed:
Salmon (not for Rachie)
Strawberry eucalypt cured
Home-made damper, macadamia oil and bush dukkah
Comissionier's Block Merlot (for the possum)
Confit of Tasmanian possum, quandong and grapefruit jus, braised cabbage
Emu (akin to an ostrich in North
Milk chocolate truffle, strawberry eucalypt and orange mousse, Davidson's plum coulis
Our favourite, by far, was the entrée- saltwater croc (“salties” in Oz) and the Damper. Bon appetit!
Liebe geht durch den Magen, aber das uns die australische Küche so um den Finger wickeln kann, hätten wir nicht erwartet. Auf unsere letzten Tage haben wir nochmal richtig in die Tasche gegriffen und uns im preisgekrönten Restaurant “Tukka” kulinarischen Genüssen hingegeben. Schnie, Schna, Schnicki das kleine Krokodil hat am besten geschmeckt, aber Emu und Possum war auch sehr lecker. Guten Appetit!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Brisbane, Australia (Aug 2007)- Just a quick update of the ongoings in the past few weeks. Andreas and I have been desperately trying to sell the majority of our larger household items so we don't have to worry about them in the last few weeks. We have also been frantically packing our 4-year's worth of belongings into 8 relatively large (but not large enough!) suitcases. We've decided that paying excess baggage on the plane will be the cheapest and easiest solution to our moving woes. Taking photos, cards and postcards off the walls has been by far the most traumatic experience for me though. We simply can't believe it's all coming to such a quick end; the four years just flew by. I know we'll be back though, probably sooner than we think, especially for Andreas who will have to defend his PhD in November.
In between these traumatic events we've been enjoying our last months here. We've been going out to nice breakfasts during the week (that's a big deal for us!), meeting up a few times with some friends visiting from the Netherlands- Kelly, Douwe and their gorgeous 5 month old son, Kaemon, meeting up with other friends who have just had babies (man-- EVERYONE and their mom is pregnant or has a newborn!), spending quality time with each other etc. I've just sent Andreas on his way to the US for the first time this month (he'll be going twice) with a few of our well packed suitcases. He is attending an accounting conference in Chicago for 10 days where he is scheduled for no less than 7 tenure-track job interviews. He's SO the man!
All in all, and despite our feelings of apprehension, we are very much looking forward to starting anew and being closer to family. And who knows... I might just be back in Oz next year to do some fieldwork for my PhD!!! Thank goodness for tropical fish!
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