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.
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.
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.
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
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
I now hold an Australian library card. I had to get a one to use the free wireless Internet at the State Library of Victoria, the Australian state that includes Melbourne. The library is worth a visit if only to see its reading room. To spare ourselves the locker fee, my husband waited outside with… Read More Gold-Rush Town.. 157 Years Later: Melbourne, Australia
I couldn’t love my husband more than when he set off with long steps after the seagull. The bird had been screeching at other gulls, trying to scare them away from us. The loud gull wanted all of the crumbs from our pastries. David and I were eating breakfast on a bench in a little… Read More Screeching Gull and the War to End All Wars: Christchurch, New Zealand