Cairns Zoo and Culture Park
Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
21Trip End Jun 20, 2006
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So then we got to the Kangaroos, they were roaming free on the path! So I literally got to sit down and pet them. They were really friendly and/or lazy
So after that, I went to get my picture, while HOLDING a koala! They are very furry, soft, and almost cuddly, well the one handed to me was. In the wild, they are VERY mean. They gave me a print of the photo, which is AMAZING. I'm going to make sure to scan it. They had 20+ koalas just chillin nearby, which was an excellent photo shoot.
After the zoo, we went to Tjapukai. Which is an aboriginal tribe, who does tours and such. (Pronounced Jabber-kye) Apparently back in the 30's and 40's there was a gov't program that separated aboriginal children from their tribes, and placed them with white, European families for assimilation
First, we got to throw spears, with a spear chucker. Apparently I'm very good at it, as I was the only one to touch the target (I grazed the top). We also got to throw boomerangs (very hard to handle). Then we got to see the Dance Theater, where the aborigines showed us the dances of their ancestors. They also taught us some of their language. During most of it, they were playing the didgeridoo, which I was really enjoying (I almost broke out into dance myself). They also showed us nuts, leaves, berries, and such that they use for foods, medicines, etc. We then got to have lunch, which was mainly the usual (curry). It seems that at least in Cairns, they LOVE curry. Every meal we've had includes at least one curry dish. Anyways, the highlight was getting to eat local reef fish. You remember all those fish from yesterday? Mmm... they were tasty!
Then we watched some movies about the aboriginal culture, most interestingly their religion. They basically believe a higher power created a baby, and sent a mother and father to care for it, after it could take care of itself, the mother and father were recalled
So then I got back, and went to get dinner at a fish and chips place I spotted yesterday. I had barramundi (a local specialty, some say the best in the world). It was awesome! It tasted sort of like cod, without the fishy taste. I also got hot chips (fries), which were good, less salt and better tasting than normal 'American' fries. I then stopped at the IGA, and picked up another bottle of Pepsi Samba, and a bottle of sasperilla (like root beer). Both were excellent.
Also, this morning I was waiting by the computer lab, and saw a guy moving out of his room. He asked for a hand, and I gladly accepted. His name was Trevor, or 'Big Trev'. Turns out that he goes to uni here, and since he's between sessions, he's moving his stuff to another room. So we got to talk about the weather, which he referred to as 'relentless', which I found funny... Also, he was curious, as almost all Aussies have been, about where I'm going and how long I'm staying. We also got to talk about the local surf (or lack thereof) since the reef dissipates the waves. By the end, he thanked me, and commented that Big Trev and Big Kev make a good team. Before I go, I'm going to leave a note under his door with my contact info, since he seemed so cool. Perhaps we can be pen pals and such. Anyways, that's all from paradise... Tomorrow we leave for Wollongong!