Jumping into 2016

Lucia got me skydiving for Christmas! it was epic and we’ll probably be doing it again. We jumped at 14,000 ft, had a free-fall of 60 seconds, and 6-7 minutes of spinning and sightseeing under the parachute.

Enjoy the photos =)

Our Last NYE in Sydney!

This post is pretty self explanatory. We got together with a few friends and celebrated the new year on a 39′ sail boat on Sydney Harbor! We were lucky enough to anchor at a terrific spot with views of both the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge, so we saw every bit of the fireworks show. It was truly spectacular, and the company we had was fantastic as well.

It was a great way to help wrap up our time here in Australia. Enjoy the videos and pictures! The video play list has 5 different videos, so make sure you watch them all!

 

Wrapping up the trip!

The last couple days were pretty laid back.

On our last full day in the Barossa we took a wine tasting bus around to a few different wineries. My personal favorite for the day was Rockford (personal notes so I remember the wines I liked: P.S. Marion Tawny and the 2012 Rod and Spur were great, but the 2015 White Frontignac was especially nice on a HOT day — but very sweet. Good for one glass).

Before heading back to Adelaide we decided to go for a drive around Barossa to take some photos. This included Chateau Tanunda, and also a helicopter flight! We had been seeing signs all over the place that said “Helicopter flights $35!” — so how could we say no?

It turns out that the $35 flight was only 4 minutes long…TOTALLY WORTH IT. The drive out there was beautiful, and the 80s style safety video was hilarious. Plus, helicopters are cool.

Other than that — nothing really exciting happened. check out the video/pictures!


Jack-Pot

Today’s an easy one. We woke up, had a quick brekky, and hit the road to Barossa Valley!

Once we arrived, we hopped in a cab and went to Hentley Farm where we had a private wine tasting and a 5 course degustation that was probably the best meal we’ve had (until we hit the desserts — they were meh). It was a ‘secret menu’ so we didn’t know what we were eating till it came out, and each day the menu changes slightly so you really don’t know what you’re going to get!

After lunch we bought a couple bottles of wine, took a cab back to the hotel, and passed out. That was pretty much the day lol. It was fantastic.

Small Cities Are Easy

Last night we rolled into Adelaide pretty late (around 11pm) so we didn’t have a chance to do much other than drive to the hotel and crash. That didn’t keep us from waking up early and making the most of our first full day in the city, though!

First thing’s first when you head out — track down breakfast. Unfortunately today’s boxing day, so the only things open that early were cafes in the mall food courts, or food trucks in the outdoor mall. We went food truck.

After breakfast, we started to explore. First up was the State Library — not much to it to be honest. Next we hit the South Australian Museum, which was actually really nice. They had a pretty large pacific island indigenous exhibit, as well as quite a large wing dedicated to Australian Aborigines. After the museum we grabbed a light lunch, walked around the Oval, and back to where everything seemed to be happening (the main tourist area of Adelaide is probably no more than 4 blocks long).

Next up was the Art Gallery (right next to the museum — which is right next to the state library). Some really cool pieces (one by Marc Newson!), some weird pieces, and a TON of very cool Aboriginal art. I actually have never liked that style myself, but these paintings were really special.

For dinner we took a tram to Glenelg – a beach town not far from the city. We chilled, had some beer, and ate our weight in potatoes and fried chicken  — with melted cheese, and two types of pork (bacon, and regular).

I think that’s it! Enjoy the photos

** soooo this is our first post in a really long time. I think there are several trips, and a couple countries missing. I’m hoping to get to those eventually. I’m trying to be better during this trip and update LIVE **