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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir:http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Friday, April 6, 2018

My 1st Trip to Work in Australia and also Meeting my First Cousin Liz

Well, on June 17 of 1988, it was MY 1st flight to Australia...
Together with Pieter, and his 4th trip.
Yarra River and Melbourne City Skyline
It was a long journey...
Starting out on June 17, with our flight from Atlanta to San Francisco...
Non-Stop to Sydney, Australia where we arrived on the 19th at 6:30 AM and at 9:00 AM we arrived in Melbourne!
Okay, here is our VERY HECTIC schedule prior to this trip:
On Friday, May 13, I flew to Amsterdam, The Netherlands  and on the 14th picked up my Audi 80 rental at Timmermans in Horst, my hometown. To drive to my work in north Germany, on the 15th till the 28th of May.
Fun, driving 160 km/h after the speed limits here in Georgia USA!
We were once again having a wonderful marriage long distance over the phone as Pieter was in Ohio when I arrived in Germany at work!
On May 29, I drove to Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands to pick up my Pieter and we coincidentally met with his two nieces as his eldest niece and Goddaughter, was departing for Saudi Arabia again...
On May 30, we both drove to Germany for a meeting and planning of a training seminar Pieter would conduct in the future. Home by 1:30 AM in the morning... 
On Sunday June 5, my Dad drove in the Audi rental car with us to Düsseldorf Airport and he would drop off the rental next day. We flew to Venice, Italy and bought the lot to build a home and also did some consulting.
Saturday June 11, we got up at 5:00 in the morning and flew from Venice to Milan, Italy and on to Amsterdam, The Netherlands and home to Atlanta, USA...

With ONLY 5 days in-between, here we are now in Melbourne, Australia!
This was work for Campbell Soup as they had purchased a mushroom plant there.
We got picked up by Maureen Scholtens, in our Ford rental car with steering wheel on the right.
Staying at an apartment on the Royal Parade in Melbourne.
Campbell's boss, Paul Bourke picked us up in the afternoon for coffee at his home with his wife Rose.
I'd called my first cousin Liz already upon arrival at the apartment and she came to pick us up for supper by 18:30.
Jet lag? This is me after 2 nights on the plane and NO bed yet!
Here we are at my first cousin's place, she is unpacking some of the gifts I carried for her.
Yes, there are Van den Munckhofs in Australia too, Dad's younger brother moved there.
Two first cousins together from 2 continents: North America - Australia
Happy me and happy Liz after clearing off the table after supper!
We finally hit the mattress by 23:00 but feeling happy.
Two mornings we drove our Ford rental car the 30 km to work, driving on the left and dealing with those tram tracks too!
Believe me, upon coming home we hardly had the energy after an entire day of doing training, to sit and relax by the fire place. We actually did not need such a luxury apartment with everything in it!
So after 2 nights we moved out and now we are only 14 km from work at The Bundoora Guardsman Motor Inn.
Now called: Parkside Inn Motel.
Bundoora, Victoria 3083
(Adjacent to La Trobe University)
On Wednesday morning while having breakfast, and when it was MY turn for driving to work, we heard a collision on the road in front of the motel; a fatal accident...
Campbell Soup boss Paul Bourke with his wife Rose invited us to dinner at DONNINI'S in Melbourne on Thursday evening.
It won many National & International awards including the 'Ciao Italia Award' for the best Italian Restaurant in Australasia. This award was presented to the Donnini Family by the Italian President in 1982.
On Friday, right after work, cousin Liz did pick me up for a night out; shopping and later we ate at a Greek restaurant.
Pieter enjoyed dinner with Hank Young, (the owner that sold his company to Campbell Soup) at a Chinese restaurant.

Stay tuned for my next post about The Australian Outback in Broken Hill, NSW to visit my Uncle Louis over the weekend...

Thanks for your visit and comments

Related links:
Husband Pieter's 2nd and 3rd Trip to Australia | previous post by me
Trips to Australia | previous post by me
{Angels engraved on lucky calendar coin of 1969} | previous post by me
{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years} | previous post by me

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24 comments:

  1. Dear Mariette,

    Your cousin, Liz and you look super cute! I wish I wore jetlag as well as you do! Australia is my bucket list country to visit. I believe I'd need 3 weeks at least! How wonderful you have visited more than once. Lovely seeing your travels!

    Debbie
    xoxo

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    1. Dearest Debra,
      Thank you and yes, looking back it is amazing how resilient I was back than!
      Would not love to do the same thing now however, like you going for a 3 week period at your leisure sounds great!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Liebe Mariette,

    herzlichen Dank für deinen schönen Post.

    Sonnige Grüße

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja gerne und sonnige Grüße zurück!
      Mariette

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  3. Lovely photos of you and your cousin in Austalia - I wonder if you have ever seen her since?
    It is surprising just how much can be achieved if you have to, and when young we are able to take so much more in our stride.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Thank you and yes, we have visited with her twice more on the southern hemisphere and also we met in Europe.
      It surprises both of us also when we look at our agenda or diary, how much we cramped into our schedule back then!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, Travel for work is always quite different, but still there are so many things I would want to see and do if I got the chance to travel to Australia. I hope we'll hear more about your adventures there.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, for work we have to be alert and know what we're talking about. It would be lovely to have ample time on your own to really explore what you love to see. Hope you will get a chance to see this great continent.
      Yes, more is coming...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Lovely!I always love to read your Australia diary..

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    1. Dearest Krishna,
      Thank you and even for us it is a joy to go back to it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Beste Joan,
      Oh, Australië is zó uitgestrekt en nog zó dun bevolkt, buiten de grote steden dan!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  7. Reading all your traveling (in such a short time!) almost gave me jet lag, haha :-) What a busy and exciting life you had. Lovely photos of you and your cousin Liz!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Haha, it sure makes me almost spin my head; did WE do all that?! Yes, we managed but sure am glad that it lies behind us.
      It was special for getting together with a cousin on her side of the globe!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Dearest Mariette; Oh,Our city used to have sister-city in Australia and experienced to visit acouple of times;loved the country♡♡♡ As you may guess, had NO LAG from Japan p;-)
    What a sweet pictures with your lovely cousin Liz♪
    Hope April will be (or is) the wonderful one for you two!!!
    So sorry for my absence and REALLY appreciate your visits; Dear my blog friend with such a long while.
    Love and Hugs from Japan, Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Well, Japan to Australia is a lot closer indeed than flying from the East side of the USA all the way across country and then some...
      The weather is warming up and the sun is showing up more frequently, hope this time she is serious!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Hello. You've had a very intense journey, but it certainly was full of impressions. There was a lot going on and you were seeing your cousin. There was certainly something to talk to her about. Regards.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Oh, it was indeed an experience of lots of impressions and we were very fortunate for being able to do this!
      My cousin herself was also a traveling girl so always great to exchange thoughts.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Very impressed by your tight schedule and all your traveling before flying to Australia! How happy you must have been to meet with your first cousin!
    I liked to read that you have dined at a Greek restaurant! No wonder, as there are so many Greeks in Australia!!!
    Looking forward to reading more about your trip there.
    Many hugs, dear Mariette!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Our schedule looked always like that and no wonder if we put on 1,500,000 frequent flyer miles from being up in the sky! That's a LOT.
      It was a wonderful time together in Melbourne and haha, my cousin has a son who is half Greek! There are lots of Greeks and Italians in Australia.
      Glad you enjoy reading these chronicles about Australia.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette,
    your with lovely cousin in Australia what a beautiful time with photos of dear Liz.
    Hags and love to your both!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Oh, if we only had known each other back than, we would have visited with you as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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