Australian music and one of my favorite songs.
Australian music and one of my favorite songs.
Australia is well known for it’s special, unique and also dangerous animals. One of the things that have fascinated me from the very beginning are the different kind of jelly fish that are lethal. While the box jelly is one you can actually spot and hope that you spot its body before the tentacles get to you, the Irukandji is tiny. Thankfully we do not have to worry about either of them down here in Australia’s South. Up in the North it’s a different story though and during certain times of the year you should not enter the water without either wearing a stinger suit or swimming in one of the netted areas. And even there you have no guarantee to not encounter an Irukandji.
It took us 9 years living in Australia before actually encountering the first snake in the wild. We were on a hike and it was suddenly in front of us. It disappeared very quickly which was good. My heart was racing as my son was right next to me and I can’t imagine what I would have done if it would have bitten him. He still claims that it was only a baby black-headed python but I’m not so sure about it. It think it might as well have been a tiger snake, which is one of the venomous snakes in Australia. In any case, I’m glad we actually didn’t have the time to make sure we can properly label it.
One of the locals everywhere in the coastal region of Australia is the shark. Again, I have never seen one from up close in the wild and I’m glad this is so. I do honestly think that we should cut them some slack. After all it’s not as if they jump out of the water, chase us along the beach and eat us there. When we enter the ocean we enter their habitat and actually their food bowl. I also believe that if you consider some simple rules you will be much safer too. Never swim in murky water, never swim after heavy rain and close to where rivers flow into the ocean. Basically don’t swim in the middle of the food they like to eat.
The one thing I can’t share with you here is a picture of a big spider as I always chicken out when I see one. Danger, I think! So just google huntsman spider and you will find some nice pics from many people…
Today we celebrate Australia Day in beautiful Down Under. People are off, people are happy, people celebrate and people get drunk. But there is also a group of people who struggles with the fact that Australia Day or much more the date Australia Day is celebrated on this specific day.
Yes you read that right. There is actually skiing in Australia. Those of you who are Australians might wonder why I write a post about it. Over the time blogging and every now and then mentioning the skiing in Australia I often got comments of readers who were surprised about reading it. They all told me exactly what Danny told me after commenting on one of his amazing Let Me Ask You A Question posts. They didn’t know that there is actually snow in Australia.
This post speaks so much to me. Yes! This is truly what Australia is all about. There is so much to discover and I’m sure happy to call this wonderful country my home.
I love planning a road trip, the anticipation and research, the sense of adventure and finally the freedom of being on the road. Next year, all going well and as I’ve mentioned before, we’ll be heading north to the Red Centre and the Kimberleys.
Thinking about the epic distances we’ll be covering makes me realise how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things in this vast land.
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… and all its creepy crawlies… Whoa, people! Honestly, I rather have a house full of mice than a hand full of spiders like this!
The huntsman is a common spider down here and I have seen my fair bit of them but never one that size. I’m not sure what I would do if I would. I think I might actually beat Usain Bolt’s record running away… but then I would have to save my children too (hubby can look after himself, he’s a big guy…). So maybe I would burn down the house… but then we’re renting and that wouldn’t end well…
I just don’t think those spider sprays will do with one of those! Who knows, it might be the baby in its family!!!
Running is probably the best option…
Find out more about our beautiful huntsman spiders here…
In the light of the turmoil which is going on at this very moment I thought a lot about where it all is coming from. Where and why did it start. And I’m not talking about slavery and where we went from there. I don’t want to take anything away from Erika Kind, who has scheduled a post about this very question for coming Monday (can’t wait to read it), but the little exchange we had over the last couple of days made me think. We both asked ourselves and each other the same question: When did it happen? When did it go wrong and why? And why not the other way around?
I believe it’s crucial that we finally accept that we are all the same. No matter what the color of our skin is. No matter what or who we believe in. There is no black or white or yellow or red. It doesn’t matter who we love and why. All that counts is if we are good or bad. Our personality, our character.
I see why people are frustrated. Frustrated to the point where their frustration unleashes in a blind violent way, not considering what kind of damage it will cause. It has to stop. We have to stop. There is another way. We just need to head down this path.
I’d like to share a story with you, a post I’ve written about a year go. I added some additional thoughts to the original text. After all it’s mine and I can, right 😉
Let’s hope we all will stand up for what is right. Do it. But do it in a peaceful, meaningful way.
… That there are some really funny names of places in Tasmania? Have a go and a giggle reading them all out loud. Yep, pretty funny, don’t you think so?
… That Australia was the second country in the World to allow women to vote? Sound pretty good, right? Well… wait for it:
However, despite granting the vote to all women in 1903, progress was slow in other areas, and it was not until 1926 that women were able to both vote and stand for all Houses of Parliament in all parts of the Commonwealth.
Good question and always a good think to ponder about if you are happy where you are, where you live.
Having moved from the country I was born in and lived in for up to now the majority of my life I can truly say that Australia ticks a lot of boxes for me.
Switzerland and Australia are so very different but at the same time there are so many similarities. Of course the weather, the country in itself and the language is so different. But the mentality, at least in the corner we live is pretty similar. What I truly love here is living so close to the beach and having so many sunny days. But I also love that we get the different seasons. I would definitely miss not realizing if it’s summer or winter when I step outside.
I think living in Australia suits me well.
What about you? How would you answer the question?
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