As I travel about Australia doing a bit of this and a lot of that I often find that I am given considerable pause when I find myself looking at some really cool colorful plant life that I have never seen anywhere before. I am at once in a state of awe and amazement. And as you might have guessed I have taken thousands of pictures of all kinds of interesting things.
On I think it was the first day I was here I ventured over to a nearby shopping area to get myself something to eat. First off it was a really nice walk through a park like area and past an elementary school filled with children that reminded me of that French story book titled Madelaine where all the children are dressed the same with the pretty dresses and hats. It seems so civilized and yet one of those differences between American and Australian cultures that makes the travel experience all that much more interesting and special.
The other thing about that particular walk was that on my way back I cut across one of the playing fields because the groceries were heavy and it seemed like a shorter distance was in order. So as I am cutting across this field I was amused to have all these black birds swirling about me. I had to wonder if other park users fed the birds and that was the expectation.
But then it occurred to me that there were not birds, they were bats. My friend Branden had pointed out the herds of bats hanging from the trees as we made out way from the airport to the house. They quit circling me as I left the park and made my way up the street. It was just one of those interesting and somewhat quizzical experiences.
I don’t know about you but I couldn’t, and really wouldn’t want to travel to another country where the culture was essentially the same as my own. I travel for the myriad experiences.
As I write this I am aware that back in Maine they still have snow on the ground and yet the crocuses and other bloom-able things are as yet just peeking up out of the cold earth. And yet here and also in Scotland there are lots of things already in full bloom.
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