Sunday, November 26, 2017

Giveaway! Australian Dancesport Championship 2017!

It's that time again. Time for the Australian Dancesport Championship! We've got two A Reserve double passes valued at $136 per double pass to give away. Read on to find out how!

The prestigious Australian DanceSport Championship will be held this year from the 8th to 10th December at Hisense Arena, Olympic Boulevard, and Melbourne.

Entering its 72nd year is a milestone achievement for the ‘Aussies’ as the event is affectionately labelled; a new era has begun for an event with an exceptional history which commenced in 1945 at Melbourne Town Hall.

The ‘Australian’ is not only the premier DanceSport event in Australia but remains one of the key events on the international circuit and within the Oceanic region. This year athletes from over 20 countries will travel to Australia to take part in this annual event. This provides Australian athletes with the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best on home soil and for Australian audiences to witness the skill, glamour and athleticism of World class DanceSport.

This year’s stunning DanceSport Showcase will feature World Standard Champions Benedetto Ferruggia & Claudia Koehler. These two last wowed Australian audiences when they were successful in winning the WDSF World Championship in Standard at Hisense Arena, Melbourne in 2012.

The 2017 program will incorporate TWO feature nights with Benedetto & Claudia in demonstration both Saturday and Sunday evening. Other feature events include the Australian Closed Latin which selects Australia’s World representative and the World Class WDSF Open Standard and Latin.

Experience the Glitz and Glamour as the stars of DanceSport kick up their heels at the annual 72nd Australian DanceSport Championship, this year the legacy continues and ignites a new beginning with the champions of tomorrow amidst the champions of the past on a floor steeped with tradition. The competition will be fierce and the dancing HOT! As couples compete to take out the 2017 Australian titles & dance against the World’s best.

You can get your tickets for the Australian Dancesport Championships from Ticketek.

Or, you can try and win one of the double passes we have to give away just by filling out this form and telling us what your favourite dance style is and why. 

Entries close at 6pm on Sunday December 4th and the winners emailed shortly after. You'll have 24 hours to reply, otherwise another winner will be chosen.

Copy and paste this link into your browser if the form doesn't load.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Austrexit Trip 2017 - Volume Five

Alternative Title: Jo eats everything in Holland.

We are staying with Terry's cousin and were greeted with my favourite Dutch snack - Bugles! They're made from corn (I think) not unlike the texture of burger rings. You fill them with cheese from a tube and they are DELICIOUS!!!

The next day we headed to a place called Volendam. It's an old shopping village. We had a lovely lunch and the first of many poffertjes. 

Then, this happened. 


For dinner on Thursday night we went to a place called Barn 47. The only way I can explain it is that it is kind of like a fancy Sizzler. It's all you can eat, but they cook everything fresh right in front of you. And they have a dessert bar, with soft serve ice cream and eleventy billion kinds of things to out on it. It was fabulous! And THEN when they brought the bill out, it came with mints. Just like Sizzler. I was in heaven!

Friday we had a sleep in. (Who am I kidding? We've had a sleep in every day!)

I had haselslag for breakfast. It's basically chocolate on bread. Yet another reason to love The Netherlands. 

We headed into The Hague so Terry could have a herring. It's raw, comes with onions and while I didn't have any, I suspect it is every bit as revolting as it looks and smells. 

Had the second poffertjes of the visit. These ones weren't as good, but my motto is 'any poffertjes are good poffertjes', so I coped. 

Then we went to Madurodam. It's a 1:20 scale model of Holland. Well, not alllll of Holland, but lots of page buildings within it. Very tacky and touristy and we loved it! 

Ate a very delicious stroopwafel, then home for a lovely pasta dinner and a quiet night in. 

Today is Saturday and Terry's cousin to us to Rotterdam. We had a delightful lunch at the Hotel New York, then a cruise around the port. It's MASSIVE!

Another day, more poffertjes! I now know enough Dutch to order them unassisted! 

Yummmmmmmmmmm! Tonight we are doing some washing and having an early night. Tomorrow we are seeing a heap of family and watching a flower parade on the canal. Hopefully with more poffertjes!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Austrexit Trip 2017 - Volume Four

On Wednesday we left Austria early and travelled through Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and finally into The Netherlands! It turned out to be more than ten hours, but it was an AMAZING day that I'm pretty sure I will remember for my entire life. We saw a lot of stuff! And now we really want to go back and see more of those countries, especially Switzerland. 








And finally... The Netherlands!

Austrexit Trip 2017 - Volume Three

When planning the trip, we initially looked at a train from Germany to The Netherlands. It was pretty expensive, and if we paid a little bit more, we could hire a car. So this is what we did. Then we decided we would go the 'long' way via France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Five countries in one day! For someone from Australia, that seems impossible. I then spent some time on google maps and realised that we could actually do EIGHT countries in one day. Never one to shy way from a challenge, we decided we would go for it. It meant that on Tuesday we would drive from Dusseldorf down to Austria, to position ourselves ready to drive for 10 or so hours the next day...

We stopped at Maulbronn Monastery to see a friend that Terry hadn't seen for 14 years. The monastery is about 1000 years old. No biggie. 

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