Australia Highlights

We learned a lot about Australia during our time here.  On a serious note:

• The land was colonized through the displacement of indigenous populations and, as in the US, it was not pretty.

• Australia did not become a united nation until 1901 when the six (then British) colonies joined together to form a Federation.

• Those colonies (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia) are called “states” today.

• Even though Australia is basically the same size as the United States (without Alaska), only 23 million people live here – mostly in the coastal areas.  Almost 1/3 of those people live in Sydney and Melbourne.

We also learned that…

 

Australians like pie.  A lot. 
But, these are the meat and savory types.  “Pie Face” stores (yes, it really is called
“Pie Face”) are everywhere. 






  
  
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Australians like pie.  A lot.  But, these are the meat and savory types.  “Pie Face” stores (yes, it really is called “Pie Face”) are everywhere.

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 Even the rocks “heart” Australia. 

   

Even the rocks “heart” Australia.

 

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Australians love their green spaces, art and
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Australians love their green spaces, art and outdoor fun. 

Modern art is still hard to understand – even
in English.  All of the yellow objects
are carvings made out of soap.  What? 






  
  
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Modern art is still hard to understand – even in English.  All of the yellow objects are carvings made out of soap.  What?

But, Aboriginal art makes sense – each symbol
tells a story.   This one is about a
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But, Aboriginal art makes sense – each symbol tells a story.   This one is about a water hole.  Or, a red anthill.  Duh.

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Sometimes there is just no explanation. 






  
  
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Sometimes there is just no explanation.

And, yes, the Sydney Opera house makes a rather
fetching hat! (Thanks, Michael) 






  
  
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And, yes, the Sydney Opera house makes a rather fetching hat! (Thanks, Michael)