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Beautiful New Zealand!!!

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on November 30, 2008

Today is the last day of November and I haven’t even had a chance to write about the past two weeks we’ve spent in New Zealand. I’m afraid it will get archived into the November blog and no one will read it. However I want it to be remembered as a November Adventure because so much happened. So I will give you the some highlights about the trip and then in the December blog you can read more about all we did. Some highlights were: Staying in Bread and Breakfast Inns; The landscape of New Zealand is beautiful and so green; we did some amazing adrenalin trips like rafting through caves to see the glow worms, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, jet boating at the Huka Falls and bungy jumping (well Fergus jumped I watched). We visited two of New Zealand’s biggest cities and we spent hours learning about the Maori culture. I will tease you with a few pictures now and then check out more in the days to come.

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Fergus’ Birthday Weekend

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on November 11, 2008

We had fun last weekend celebrating Fergus’ birthday. On Saturday I had rehearsal until 5pm. That evening we had dinner at an upscale Turkish restaurant – Ottoman Cuisine. Reviews of it are mixed – they think they are a fancier than they are but we found the food to be yummy. I gave Fergus a ceramic caricature sculpture of us sitting with the kids on the sofa. Fiona Sullivan, the artist, displays her work at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sundays. I saw her work the very first weekend we moved here and it always made me smile. Before Pat and Britt returned to the US I asked her to take a picture of us with the kids on the sofa of our house here. Fiona was able to make the sculpture using the pictures I gave her. I thought he would get a kick out of it – and he loved it. art2

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They make me smile whenever I look at them. She made Fergus’ hair a little too blond (it should be mostly grey and she made me very skinny which I like a lot. Bean Sidhe is a bit wider than her sculpture but Cooper’s eyes are perfect – his grey circles like a pair of glasses. Too cute!!!

On Sunday we took a LONG bike ride around the west side of Burley Griffin Lake. I don’t know how many miles (or kilometers) it is but I was really tired afterwards. Then we rushed over to see the Cirque Du Soleil show – Dralion. It was fabulous. We saw the Cirque Du Soleil show – Love in Las Vegas a couple of years ago (or was it last year – oh how time flys) and thought it was terrific, this one didn’t have the Beatles music like Love but is was still very spectacular with crazy costumes and incredible gymnastic feats. After the show we had a salad and risotto at one of our favorite spots – Babar’s one of the few places in town you don’t need to book ahead.

I should also mention the weather, warm and sunny. Overall it made for a wonderful weekend. On Saturday we head to New Zealand. If I don’t get a chance to blog while we are on the road tune in around the 30th for highlights of our trip to the Land of Clouds. Here’s wishing all of you at home a Happy Thanksgiving just in case I don’t have access to the computer until we return to Canberra.

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The Messenger

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on November 11, 2008

The play I have been helping with will open in two weeks. We will be in New Zealand for opening weekend. When we get back we are going to a Gala Fundraising performance of the play. The author of the book, Markus Zusakwill be there. I will be very interested to find out what he thinks of the adaptation of his book and the staging of the play. It has been a wonderful experience to just be a small part of the production (as Assistant manager all I have really been doing is being on book and giving line correction notes, but I’ve been to most of the rehearsals and have seen the play come to life.

The ensemble from The Canberra Youth Theatre are 18 to 25 year oldswho have talent and passion for theatre and it really shows. Many of them are at University or doing a gap year. Most of the Universities don’t have a drama degree although they have drama departments. Some will be auditioning to go to NIDA Australia’s premier dramatic arts school. If you want ot studying acting, theatre arts or film you have to apply and often transfer (rarely does one get in straight out of high school).

The playscript, The Messenger, will be published and our cast and crew will have their names in it as the original production. That’s will be exciting to see my name in print along with the rest of them. I’ll let you know how it all turns out once we return from New Zealand.

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Nov. 4 – Election/Melbourne Cup Day!

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on November 7, 2008

November 4 was a day to celebrate. No we didn’t get the results of the election until  Wednesday, Nov. 5th but Australia celebrates the Melbourne Cup horse race. It began as a race day but so many people would take the day off or businesses would have lunch parties and stop work at 3 pm to watch the race…so they made it a Federal Holiday called Family Day and everyone gets the day off.

It was like the 4th or July or Memorial Day, lots of hype about party platters and stocking up on your favorite beverage. We were invited by the Polson’s for a picnic with some friends of theirs. So their party of four grew to six. As it turned out everyone else invited at least two more and the party grew. There was so much food we couldn’t get it all on the one picnic table.

The picnic site was next to a river in an area called Uriarra, about 20 minutes or so outside of Canberra. The weather was perfect and sitting under the shade of the trees was comfortable – except of the flies. They were  very persistent but one person came prepared with repellent. Fergus was there but he took all the pictures so you can’t see him. It was a wonderful day getting to meet some really interesting people.

 

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As for Election Day – what a great result. People in Australia are so interested in American politics and know so much more than the average American. I overheard a lady in the local market say to the checkout clerk – “Wasn’t the Election returns exciting? I stayed by the television watching all day. I’m so happy that Obama won.” I felt so proud.

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