Before I’d arrived in Australia, people would speak of my upcoming trip as if I were going to the gallows. I remember getting a lot of strange advice, such as... “Watch out for the spiders. They’ll eat your face.” “Don’t go swimming. Too many sharks.” Needless to say, I was relieved (but not disappointed) to … Continue reading Reflections
While staying in Perth, we have no car. This means walking to our destinations and being more observant on the way. I think most travelers would say that one benefit of a trip is having the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. I reaped this benefit twenty years ago when Rich and … Continue reading Stepping in Order to See
The bad news: We have not struck it rich panning for gold in the outback. The good news: We did find plenty of gold at the Perth Mint. At the mint, we learned about the history of gold in Australia and how its discovery led to a population explosion and rise of the Australian economy. … Continue reading Gold!
Sadly, most of America's supermarkets harbor only a small fraction of the vast diversity of candy that exists on our planet. Lucky for me, Australian supermarkets are a veritable rainforest of chocolate treats. Even candy brands that are staples in American stores seem to have come to Australia and evolved into a dizzying array of … Continue reading The real reason we came to Australia . . . for the candy!
We have been in Western Australia for six days and our skin is fried. Once concealed in the cold of a New Hampshire winter under jackets and hats, it is now exposed to the rays of an Australian summer--rays that inexplicably penetrate the layers of SPF 50+ we keep dutifully applying. In short, we are … Continue reading Six Days in Perth: A Photo Essay