Monika in Australia
17.04.2006 15 °C
So Monika arrived well on Easter Sunday while Jakob is still in Germany.
From our short conversation on the phone Monika made it to survive the almost day-long flight with the help of a massage at Singapur Airport (during her 2 hrs stop over).
And she must have had a great day in Sydney visiting the botanical garden - and its spiders. Those who know Monika will understand that this is her biggest challenge in Australia to face spiders - especially the big ones.
And she was accommodated in Sydney in the Old Sydney Holiday Inn, which is obviously very central and offered Monika a view from her room at the Opera and the bridge!
Today, on Easter Monday Monika started her tour with collegues and Wine Australia in the Hunter Valley visiting the McWilliams wineries and the Wyndham Estates. When I called a minute ago, Monika was already sleeping, but Wolfgang (will tell later more about him) told me that they had an exhausting but great day full of wine tastings. She will have to write more about it.
Meanwhile Jakob had a Easter weekend with various activities from church choir singing (a really touching and expressive concert of Ernst Peppings "Passionsbericht des Matthäus" - Matthews story of the Passion), having a coffee at the new MD office of Heiko (Jakob's brother in law) and later today joining the family for dinner.
And of course packing, organizing things before Jakob's departure on Wednesday.
On Sunday I was in church and our priest explained in her sermon that Easter historically is a season of laughter - so she included some jokes into her sermon among them this one:
" 'During his Sunday sermon a priest came to the point where he started to praise the Lord and the beauty of his creation. The sun and its wonderful light, the water that refreshes and gives life, ..... the animals, the plants and even each blade of grass being worth a sermon. 'So he continued on and on.
The other day John, a member of the church, came by and saw the priest cutting his lawn. The priest greeted John and John said, 'Oh, its so good to see that you will cut short your next sermons.' "
So do I - till soon Jakob