We landed on a new continent yesterday. Here’s some pics of the shed we are staying in for the week. There are two separate studios. The boys have the downstairs while Kevin + I have the upstairs.

largechair outside kitch room2 up

I went for a run to Redfern Park and Moore Park, which is part of the huge Centennial Park. The boys + I are now at a restaurant around the corner having brunch. Kevin seems to have the tummy bug I had last week. The temperature is higher here + so are prices! We had to double check our conversion. Yup, those pancakes really are $16 usd! At least tipping isn’t a custom here. Minimum wage is $15 aud (1aud= ~1usd). Besides (me) going to the grocery store, our big ambitions for the day are doing math + (not me) finishing The Lord of the Rings. Maybe will get to see The Hobbit movie here. Some countries don’t seem to get the concept of parental guidance, as in the parents can chose to expose their kids via the big screen to sex, violence + foul language.

I wrote the above yesterday. As Kevin said in his post, we’ve had some trouble with the internet connection so I couldn’t get this posted yesterday. In the meantime, we had a thunderstorm last night – the longest thunder ever. So today, we have a cooler grey Seattle-like day + little ambition still. None of us have been sleeping well or enough since our long sleepless flight + new time zone.

Aidan + I mapped out how to get to Darling Harbour + the aquarium from our place in Redfern. We decided it would be easier to walk 3.5k then to figure out how to take the bus. I’ve been enjoying being able to walk to everything we need. For the now the boys are entertained by using a fussball + dvd cases to play ping ball. They just created a score board with Excel so I think I’ll just stay cozy + finish my book!

Kapoor’s wonders down under

We’ve moved on to Cairns (pronounced cans), but before leaving Sydney, we stopped at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  One major exhibition was by artist Anish Kapoor, known for his large installations in a variety of media.

The kids enjoyed the many mirrors and the 24-ton Memory (an enormous metal-work pictured below, with Willem for scale); I really liked My Red Homeland (a wax sculpture mountain hollowed and leveled with a rotating mechanical arm).  His early work on display included many in which he used dark pigment to create “voids,” as pigment absorbs light.  You can see one example with a rectangle in stone below.  When you look into these voids you can’t see anything – a very interesting and disorienting effect.

Here are a few images of our visit:


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