The Experimentarium | Viking boats at Roskilde

Big bubbles at the ExperimentariumLast Saturday we headed out sans an under-the-weather Glen to the Experimentarium, a terrific science activity center for the kids. When, on entry, you are greeted by a couple of guys flying a 2-storey high remote-controlled hot air balloon, it’s a pretty positive sign. We skipped past the espionage exhibit and headed upstairs, where Aleks was in heaven in the water park and the kids construction area. Marie also had a great time cruising around & playing with the giant Lego blocks.
Viking ships at RoskildeOn Sunday we jumped into the car and headed for the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark’s old capital. For many years there was a rumour that there were Viking-era ships sunk in one of the fjord channels linking Roskilde to the sea. When someone actually got around to checking out the rumour in the late 60’s they discovered five vessels buried in one of the channels, presumably to protect the city from seaborne attackers. The recovered ships are now on exhibit in the museum, and craftsmen are also making and sailing new vessels based on the old designs.
Jasmina & AleksAleks mostly enjoyed the model dioramas and throwing rocks into the water, while

 

 

 

 
Velinka & Mila at RoskildeMila was a bit bewildered by the whole thing

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Beautiful Copenhagen

Aleks and the elephant Last weekend was sensational, despite the lingering effects of jetlag. Saturday Glen & Anna took us to the zoo which was wonderful even for me. I saw quite a few animals I’d not seen before (tapir, red panda) and there were even a few familiar ones: kookaburras and a Tassie devil. Aleks in particular had a ball, loved the tigers, rode a pony, and of course visited the gift shop. Velinka had arrived that morning from Serbia & will stay for about 2 weeks to help us out, so she came too.
Nyhavn (New Harbour)Sunday we headed back out for a canal cruise, which was lovely (but went on a little too long for poor Aleks). Parts of the city are very reminiscent of Amsterdam, by design it turns out. We saw beautiful Marmorkirken, the Little Mermaid, the amazing new playhouse and opera house on the harbour, as well as the royal yacht.

 

We ran out of food on the cruise, so we were forced to eat each other's nosesAfter that hunger got the better of us and we headed up to Kongens Have (King’s Gardens) for a leisurely picnic in the sun

Arrival in Copehagen


I’m delighted to be back in Copenhagen, this time with the whole family. We touched down yesterday morning after a gruelling 30+ hour trip (although including an 8-hr rest in Singapore) and were met by our friend from Boston Glen, who looked after us wonderfully and dropped us at our ikea-decorated 5th floor apartment in Vesterbro. So far we have done little but try to recover from the trip and spend some time with Glen, Anna, and their lovely daughter Marie. But Aleks and I also got a chance to explore the playground in our block. We had great fun playing on the swings and in the playhouse, as well as
climbing…
the mountain…

There’s a terriffic mural on one wall of the building which, along with ours, encloses the courtyard and the playground.

Mila Grace Galloway

Sleeping like LarryOur daughter Mila Grace was born last
Tuesday afternoon (Melbourne Cup Day!). Jasmina was induced beginning Monday night; Mila
was originally due on the 16th, but our obstetrician thought that as
she was already on the 95th percentile for weight, we should get
things going earlier. The labour went pretty smoothly through Tuesday
morning & early afternoon, and Mila loudly announced her arrival at
about 4:20. She was 3.8kg (8lb 6oz) and 52cm (20.5in) long.

We got home late on Thursday and had a pretty rough night, juggling
incompatible sleep schedules for both kids for the first time.
Jasmina’s mum arrived yesterday to help out and last night was better.
Photos are here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsider1/sets/72157608743149439

Cheers
Duncan & Jasmina & Aleks & Mila

Aleksandar James’ arrival

Aleksandar James GallowayI am very pleased to announce that our son Aleksandar James arrived at
1:20am Friday morning (October 6th), 54.5 cm long and weighing a
whopping 4.4 kg (9 lb 11 oz in old-skool units). Alex (aka Sasha, or
Jimmy) is feeding and sleeping fairly well, and Jasmina is doing great
after a reasonably trouble-free labour. Alex has already exhibited
strong personal likes (sleeping and eating) and dislikes (everything
else). We are staying at the hospital (Frances Perry House) for the
time being, but expect to be home around Tuesday. We have no email
access there, but feel free to SMS or call. Attached is a photo –
there are more at
Flickr.com
All the best,
Duncan & Jasmina

Started labour

Jasmina had her first contractions this morning around 3am (while I
slept on, oblivious). We’ve been taking it easy today, watching a
couple of videos and lamenting the lack of internet access (I “fixed”
it just now by plugging the modem in). Things seem to be getting a bit
more serious for the last few, although we’re still not quite ready to
head for the hospital. Will keep you posted – wish us luck!
Duncan & Jasmina

T plus 1 day

Us at Brunetti's, CarltonWell, we were due yesterday, but the little guy is showing no signs of coming out yet. We went round to a friend’s housewarming/grand final barbeque, and hung out at home for the rest of the day. Today we cleaned house a bit in preparation, and then went into the city to have a coffee and then check out the Earth from Above exhibition between Federation square and the Yarra. Worth a look! Now… it’s a waiting game…