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Christmas in Australia


We ventured to Adelaide for Christmas this year, the first time we’ve been in Adelaide for the holiday season since 2009. The jet lag rule of thumb – that it takes a day per hour of time change – was spot on for poor little Max: he had a tough few nights at the beginning of the trip, which meant that the rest of the house didn’t sleep too well either, but that didn’t stop us getting down to the beach on some of the warm days early in our stay. It was Max’s first time at the beach, very funny to see his reaction the first time he felt sand under his bare feet and saw the expanse of the ocean at Henley Beach. The photos here are all at the beach in front of the house where I grew up, fun for me to see them frolicking in the water and digging holes in the sand where I spent many a summer’s day as a kid.

We spent a good amount of time at one of our favorite Adelaide spots – the Central Market – during our two weeks in Adelaide, all the fresh food and scrumptious dining options had us there for breakfast a few times. We made sure to expose the kids to a good dose of Aussie wildlife, visiting the Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park during our first week Down Under. Max wasn’t too keen on the emus at Cleland but was very confident walking right up to seven foot tall male kangaroos to say good morning!

Along with me attending the Adelaide test match (cricket), Christmas was the main determinant of our choice of dates for the trip. The kids were obviously spoiled rotten by their grandparents, present opening on Christmas morning took over and hour and both of them made out like bandits. Our traditional Christmas lunch of lobster, king prawns and turkey was absolutely scrumptious, a great day in the Adelaide parklands with my cousins and parents. Great to see a lot of our friends who were back home for the Christmas period as well, the two weeks went by in the blink of an eye but a memorable time had by all. Back to the cold in San Francisco tomorrow!

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  1. Auntie Anita says:

    Wonderful to see you all together at Christmas and the munchkins enjoying the presents and animals and food !

  2. Bec Brookman says:

    Fantastic Photos once again Sam, was great catching up with you all, hope we can do it again sometime soon! Miss Lilia and little Max are gorgeous, was lovely spending that time with you guys. Hope you have a good and safe flight back to SF and I look forward to seeing more photos of you and yours very soon. xx

  3. GPAG says:

    Vicarious pleasures; thank you for the photo journey through your beautiful holiday.

  4. Brooke says:

    Looks like fun!