"What if", "How to" Moments in the Outback’s Big City :Alice Springs, Australia. February 2007.

The blackout became a mild concern when the woman at the restaurant said it just affected the shopping mall. My husband and I had been blocks away when it hit and knew that the lights were out all over Alice Springs, the Outback’s big city.During lunch, David and I talked over our plate of the… Read More "What if", "How to" Moments in the Outback’s Big City :Alice Springs, Australia. February 2007.

Great Cheap Dates With My Best Mate: Sydney, Australia. February 2007.

A bat flew past and lightning flashed as my husband and I stood under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We’d taken a ferry to the Luna Park amusement park, shown here in David’s picture, betting that the rain would hold off. It didn’t. So, we watched the sunset from an unusual perspective, huddled under the bridge… Read More Great Cheap Dates With My Best Mate: Sydney, Australia. February 2007.

Noodles from Remote Lands and Great Old Favorites: Eating in Oz. February, 2007.

We first spied these Chinese New Year dragons when they “ate” at the same place where my husband and I bought our first Australian food, the Emperor’s bakery. The red dragon puppet, manned by volunteers for Chinese New Year celebrations, took down ceremonial green leaves from the doorways of businesses on Street. It tossed them… Read More Noodles from Remote Lands and Great Old Favorites: Eating in Oz. February, 2007.

Rock About Six Times as Big as the National Mall, Twice as Tall as the Washington Monument : Uluru, Australia. Feb. 2007

Out of the red sands of middle Australia rises a rock that covers 3.3 square kilometers of land, or about 815 acres if the conversion Web site I tried was correct. The 146-acre U.S. National Mall would cover only about a sixth of this footprint. In fact, you would have room leftover for the 485-acre… Read More Rock About Six Times as Big as the National Mall, Twice as Tall as the Washington Monument : Uluru, Australia. Feb. 2007

Short on Water, Not on Flavor: Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 2007

Melbourne’s fountains stand dry. Its botanical garden tells at just about every exhibit what steps are taken to conserve water. Australia’s in a bit of a drought. Newspapers and talk shows have constant reports on whether efforts to improve water supply are sound or flawed.Melbourne’s big museum even has put together a “water trail.” A… Read More Short on Water, Not on Flavor: Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 2007