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... you want, stop where you want. Freedom.
I looked at her and tried to read what she was thinking. Nothing. I thought, maybe she thinks I want to be a bus driver, start a run, make my fortune.
What I said was, we can go touring.
Maree gave me a look. Maree has many looks and each one is different. The head tilted down the lips thinning. The eyes narrowing the nostrils flaring. The shoulders pulling back the chin protruding, and ...
... for a matinee performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. I've actually never been to an opera before - what a way to be introduced to the art, at the most iconic of opera houses! The performance was wonderful, and the costumes were amazing! The Magic Flute has some wonderful comedic moments and there were many children in the audience. It was such fun hearing the laughter of the children during the performance. For my friend ...
Shock to the system when we finally landed in Oz.... First the temperatures dropped considerably compared to our last 3 months in SEA, and therefore we endeavoured to buy jumpers and shoes (other than flip flops) nearly straight away. Second, and very painful, was the shock to the wallet... 10AUD$ for a coffee is criminal.
But it was lovely to land and being greeted by Fiona, Emma's auntie, who took us for a well deserved 'schooner' (they haven't worked out pints ...
One of the more memorable things was a pond with water lillies that had HUGE leaves, and flowers that stood as tall as me and were the size of a diner plate. Another was the Palm Garden, which had an amazing variety of trees and succulents. As well this area gave excellent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge framed by the gardens. We wished we had found this sooner in our stay.
... scenery, adventure, hot and humid, flies
Western Australia: big, stunning coastline, unpopulated, isolated, wildlife
South Australia: gentrified, great wines, wildlife
Victoria: beautiful coast, great driving, great cities, wildlife
Tasmania: remote, wild, rugged, cold and wet
Australian Capital Territories: designed, functional, characterless
Favourite state: WA (great driving, beautiful scenery ...