Adventures living as expats.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tasmania, Land of Oysters

Jeff and I left the day after Christmas and headed to Tasmania for Bede and Susie's wedding.  We arrived a few days before the wedding festivities started so we drove up to Swansea and spent a few days touring around Freycinet National Park, exploring wineries, and of course eating oysters while taking in the fresh air and beautiful beaches.
Wine Glass Bay
Oysters by the bay.  No cups, no problem says Jeff.  "I can drink out of my empty oyster shell."
Bicheno Blowhole
After a few days on the East Coast, we headed back to Hobart and met up with Matt and Adelle.   We went out to an amazing multi-course dinner that included an incredibly delicious but confusing mix of infusions, deconstructions, food to table ingredients, foams, emulsions, and edible flowers.   My favorite part of the dinner was the 3 dessert courses!
Exploring Hobart with Matt
New Year's Eve was certainly a memorable one.  We started out with a group dinner that included many of our Jakarta friends.  We then headed to MONA, a famous museum in Hobart with amazing views of the bay.  Just before midnight, we went out on a boat to see fabulous fireworks over the water.  The show was amazing and my voice was hoarse the next day from all the cheering.
Adelle and I shared this amazing seafood platter - oysters, mussels, salmon, rock lobster, etc.
Riding a Tasmanian Tiger for our wedding photo competition.

Fireworks on the bay over Hobart

The following day we went out to tour Port Arther, which was a former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula.  Most erie was the "Separate Prison" where prisoners were put into solitary confinement and made to remain silent in their cells.  
Port Arthur
Wine and oysters with a view

On the big day, Susie came out in a gorgeous, shimmering, vintage dress and Bede was of course dressed to the nine's in his tux.   There was a short ceremony followed by appetizers, speeches, dinner, dancing, and an after party.  What a way to celebrate such an amazing couple!
The vows
At the main event
Our Tasmanian summer glow

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