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About scale of things

So far we have driven all along the West coast of Australia, from Darwin to Perth.
After the flight from Perth to Melbourne, we plan to drive again, this time from Melbourne to Cairns.

In total it will be more than 8000 kilometers.

 

Postcard comparing territory of Australia to Europe, USA, Japan, New Zealand, SE Asia: Unfortunately I did not find any copyright information on this postcard. In any case, it's not mine.

Postcard comparing territory of Australia to Europe, USA, Japan, New Zealand, SE Asia

 

Back home it usually takes me half a year to cover  READ MORE »

What's on the street and tempting?

After a nice dinner out in Melbourne, we decided to give it a go and try a dessert in one of Italian ice cream shops that are open till late.

All kinds of desserts are tempting passers-by, Melbourne, Australia

All kinds of desserts are tempting passers-by, Melbourne, Australia

After the waitress brought the blueberry cheesecake, we realized our mistake.

Even for two of us the piece was  READ MORE »

"Gay" as in gay, or gay? Meanings madness!

An example of Australian marketing.

Ice cream named "Golden gaytime", Melbourne, Australia
Ice cream named "Golden gaytime", Melbourne, Australia

 

Costs 6.49 AUD.

Of course I bought it! Tastes great, by the way.  READ MORE »

Who's guarding the guardian

Statue guarding entrance to the shop, Melbourne, Australia
Statue guarding entrance to the shop, Melbourne, Australia

 

I've asked a resident of Melbourne, living there for over twenty years, if he could tell me the name of the most dangerous suburb. Gangs, guns, drugs, that type of  READ MORE »

Find out what is it that you look like in the morning mirror

A few posts back I mentioned kangaroos, wombats and emus. Thought you might like to see how they look, umm, in a different context.

I.e. alive.

Emu you already saw, so I'll start with a kangaroo.

A portrait, if you like. I think she's dreaming about grass that's even greener.

Portrait of a kangaroo, Phillip island, Australia

Portrait of a kangaroo, Phillip island, Australia

 

Also, meet wombat. A boulder of  READ MORE »

Asterisk your life

I become worried and upset when simple street signs come with asterisk and small text. To me it means something has gone wrong in the society.

 

Special offer for lunch, Melbourne, Australia

Special lunch offer, Melbourne, Australia

Of course I understand that  READ MORE »

Parrotmania

Australia still manages to keep us surprised with its variety of birds and other wildlife.

Green colored wild parrot, near Pemberton, Australia

Green colored wild parrot, near Pemberton, Australia

 

Initiatives and laws of environment conservation are quite  READ MORE »

61 meters of Gloucester

Next time anyone tells me that Australia is nothing but a desert, I'll suggest them to go and climb one of the karri trees. For example, the Gloucester tree, standing at 61 meters in height.

 

Climbing Gloucester tree near Pemberton, Australia: Shadows and highlights adjusted

Climbing Gloucester tree near Pemberton, Australia  READ MORE »

Waves that break

There's time to enjoy.

Riding the top of the wave, between Yallingup and Hamelin bay, Australia: Some sharpening added to the image

Riding the top of the wave, between Yallingup and Hamelin bay, Australia

 

 

But there's also  READ MORE »

The power of community

The fire destroyed big part of Busselton jetty in 1999. Rebuilding costs were estimated at around 1 million dollars, and neither municipality nor state government wanted to finance the process.

The community then took initiative, established a committee and managed a successful fund raising campaign, what resulted in reopening of the jetty for public visitors.

 

Wooden jetty in Busselton, Australia

Wooden jetty in Busselton, Australia

 

Active community, working together, can produce  READ MORE »

Internet from the dinosaur era

A few words about telecommunications in Australia.

 

There still are plenty of payphones, and it does not seem like they are going out of fashion anytime soon. Most of them are even upgraded with a "send SMS" function. Bastards eat coins like crazy.

 

Mobile connection is very unreliable, except from cities. Understandable, bearing in mind the huge territory of the country. Expensive.

 

Internet. Poor Australians.

Timeworn computers in Grand central backpackers hostel, Perth, Australia

Timeworn computers in Grand central backpackers hostel, Perth, Australia

 

Costs around 3 to 5 dollars in internet cafes of the bigger cities. The facilities sometimes are imported from Ice Age. See above.

If you are unlucky  READ MORE »

Inventions from the future

Meet Transperth, a public transport company of Perth city.

 

Transperth logotype on a bus stop, Perth, Australia

Transperth logotype on a bus stop, Perth, Australia

 

They are famous for  READ MORE »

Run away, the job is chasing!

Mining industry is booming in Western Australia. Scattered around the vast territory, mines attract potential employees with 2000-AUD-a-week pay cheques.

Higher pay and lower living costs work like a charm. Men, leaving behind their current jobs, flock there like bees to honey. Women follow, filling in the need of waitresses in country pubs.

That creates a grand shortage of employees in cities. Can't find a street corner without five "staff wanted" ads.

Today I'm standing on such a corner. It is 5.01 P.M. in Perth, capital of the region.
A horde of office workers are running away from their working places towards a train, that'll take them home, and then surfing for a few hours.

Hordes of employees escaping their office jobs, Perth, Western Australia

Hordes of employees escaping their office jobs, Perth, Western Australia

In each and every ones eyes, I see a message. "We don't  READ MORE »

Extreme mobility

Having a house, two cars for a family, and a boat, in Australia means living a good life.
Some probably decide to add-on the "Villa on Wheels".

 

Mega super duper king sized caravan, Western Australia

Mega super duper king sized caravan, Western Australia

At the same time we have covered nearly 4000 kilometers from Darwin to  READ MORE »

Last snow — the Ice Age

Humorous sign in Wickham, Australia

Humorous sign in Wickham, Australia

It's said that Australians possess a sense of humour, often irony and autoirony. And that they use it often in daily life.  READ MORE »

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