Vladimir Antropov

2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Mount Wellington

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on December 25, 2013

Mt_Wellington_rocks_bushesNothing to see there. At the peak elevation of 1271 metres weather gets really crazy and scares away all vegetation except some stubborn shrubs that took their lessons from Bear Grylls. There are warning signs both on the mountain and in Wikipedia which tell the adventurers that the weather can change rapidly and warm clothes are recommended at all times. I felt it before I had time to read any signs. It was 30°C at the sea level so we arrived to the summit wearing only T-shirts. We left the car, we jumped back into the car. Next time we emerged from it we had two more layers of clothes on us and a fourth layer wouldn’t be unwelcome. (more…)

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2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Cascade Brewery

Posted in Observations by Vladimir Antropov on December 22, 2013

Despite the tangily refreshing oak spiciness of their Chardonnays, the Ecksians weren’t the kind of people to let a brewery burn.

—Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

Cascade_tapsIt was actually my wife’s idea. Olga isn’t that much into beer, but she liked the building. I tagged along, so to say, as I was actually driving her there, and didn’t regret it.

We didn’t take a brewery tour but went straight to the visitor’s centre. At the entrance we were each given a crown cap which was an equivalent of a discount voucher in the beer garden, or in Minecraft terms, a crafting ingredient – if you put together a crown cap and a 50 cents coin you would get a glass of fresh beer – pure magic! (more…)

2013 Trip to Tasmania – Day 1 – Bargain Car Rentals

Posted in Actions by Vladimir Antropov on December 17, 2013

Bargain Car Rentals office was closed. We arrived to Hobart Airport at 10 am on Sunday, their working hours started at 9 am but the office was closed. There was a piece of paper on the door with a phone number which I was asked to call if the office was unattended. As it was a mobile number, I assumed that it belonged to a local office worker. I dialled it and explained that I was waiting at the office door.

“What office?” I was asked. Well, I knew that Hobart wasn’t a big city so maybe they had just one employee who served all Hobart offices on request.

“Airport,” I replied.

“In which city?” asked the person on the other end with a note of annoyance in the voice. My next thought was too crazy to think. Could it be that the same guy served all… nah, impossible! (more…)