Our Aussie Adventures
On Medium (click here to see all of Jeff’s Aussie blog posts)
A Message to All Our Wonderful Friends and Relatives: (March 31)
We have now finished our “touring” of several wonderful parts of Australia — and the rest of our time in Australia will be devoted to visiting with many of our friends and relatives here in Australia.
We hope you have enjoyed all the photos we have posted, and the commentaries we have made. We will not be posting any further photos or messages to our blog for the rest of our time in Australia.
We look forward to meeting all the Aussies in the near future, and look forward to meeting everyone again back in Canada!
Ta ta for now!
Our Aussie Adventures (March 31)
Now I can check off one more from my bucket list — as today we left Adelaide and flew 1500 km north to Alice Springs — in the centre of Australia. We are pleasantly surprised by the greenery around here, and am also surprised by all the trees growing here. We were told though that we are here after quite a bit of rain, so the countryside is much more lush than in a normal season.
After our arrival we were picked up by bus and taken to the downtown to have lunch. We were in the downtown “mall” which is not quite what we usually think of as a mall.
The School of the Air began back around 1951 and catered to students in the Outback as far away as 2000 km. It was at that time done by radio and mailing out packages of school learning materials and then having them mailed back. Today it is done by excellent internet teaching — and we watched one of the teachers interacting with one of the students hundreds of kilometers away. The blue radio console in picture above was last used by Queen Elizabeth II when she visited here some years ago.
Note in the background how the two mountains (hills) come toward each other and there is a “gap” in between. This is a very sacred area for the native aboriginals and until fairly recently no female aboriginal was allowed to travel between the two mountains. Instead they were obliged to walk over 20 km around one of the hills to meet up on the other side. This is no longer the case now!! In an hour we are meeting a group of aboriginal girls at the hotel for about 45 minutes and then we are going into the “outback” for a “fair dinkum” Aussie barbecue (barbie!) in the outback. More later.
Posts on the Medium website are chronological with the newest at the top. To read the entire sequence in order you need to scroll down to the bottom (Feb.27). Jeff’s first post from Australia is March 3 and the final post in the sequence is March 30. Jeff has filled the blog with useful and interesting information and a ton of great photos.
(Navigation tip – if you expand a blog post to read (‘read more’) you can go back to the full list of blog posts by clicking on Jeff’s name at the top of the current post.)
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