"What is Dubbo?" That was the first question 24-year-old Maria Goltermann had when she found out she would be visiting Australia from Denmark. Maria has 12 weeks to learn all she can about Dubbo, its visitor offerings and the Australian lifestyle.

Oops.. time flies and so much has happened in the past 10 days! Although I enjoy my life in Dubbo – going to work, doing crossfit and watching sports on weekends, I’m only here for a short period of time so I like taking advantage of the fact that people in Dubbo like to travel. And… that they are the nicest people so they invite me along. This means I get to see places that I most likely wouldn’t see if I travelled on my own. 

I’ve been out to see Cotton farms near Warren, I’ve seen towns such as Nyngan, Mudgee and Geurie etc. I wonder if anyone at home have been to these places… 

Picnic Races in Nyngan.. yes I actually watched the races.. I won 2/2 times!

A few weekends ago, I was invited to lunch in a little town called Capertee, just a short trip, we left in the morning around 9.30 and was supposed to be home around 5 o’clock. We stopped for coffee in Mudgee, did a little browsing through the stores and continued on to Capertee. 

Beautiful church in Mudgee

My home country may not be very big, but I’ve lived in big countries before, so I don’t mind driving, and Capertee is only a few hours away from Dubbo. Have I ever driven for 2 hours to have lunch? Kept in mind that this would have been a trip half way across Denmark, just for lunch? Never.. That must be another Aussie experience that I can now cross of the list! Lunch was amazing at the Royal Capertee Hotel - so if you guys ever drive through, its worth stopping and enjoy a meal in authentic surroundings!

At the Royal Capertee Hotel 

On our way back to Dubbo, we just went on a “little” detour to the Capertee Valley.  My parents were at Grand Canyon in America, at the time so we thought it would be a good idea to take a picture at the Canyon at Capertee and go for a little drive…. 6 hours later and we were back in Dubbo!! 

I went to bed very early that night, I can tell you! – Apart from that it was the most beautiful drive and I was really happy I got the chance to see the gorgeous Capertee Valley. 

The next day was spend here in Dubbo in beautiful weather and I got to watch my first Aussie soccer game! Perfect Sunday and warm up game to the big European Championship Final the following day, which (of course!) was won by Portugal! 

The sun didn’t stay for very long… But coming from a country where this weather is pretty normal, you learn to enjoy the time indoor. Hope you all will too! 

Capertee Valley

Sunset on the way back to Dubbo 

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