SYDNEY HARBOR FROM THE PLANE ✈️
The only city that I was mediocre about seeing is Sydney, so how appropriate that I came down with a cough here. Sitting in a bus for 17 days with 31 other travelers, half of whom are coughing or sneezing 🤧, I decided to sit back today. Neil is out with the group, but I thought a day of rest for me would be best, and a day away from all the bloody sick people. I went to the chemist/ pharmacist and he hooked me up with all kinds of stuff. After all, it’s only the half way point of this vacation and I want to enjoy the rest of it!
Things about Australia 🇦🇺 that I observed. The towels in every hotel room are huge. Taller than me, so 6 feet, or 2 meters, by about 3 feet, or one meter.
They are flabbergasted 😮 when you tell them that schools are closed all summer. They can’t wrap their head around the fact that school isn’t designed so that both parents can work. It’s beyond them. Their schools 🏫 go year round, with several weeks break for Christmas and one other time of year, that I forgot.
Their actions seem to be all around what is best for everyone. I have yet to observe a narcissistic or even selfish attitude, except with the Asian community. They always hold the door, or elevator. They seem genuinely concerned with your well being and comfort. And this is not just the people in hospitality. Leaving the airport, one woman in our group, was having difficulty maneuvering the luggage cart. Strangers helped her, several times. Lovely.
In all of the 6 cities we visited, there are as many women business travelers as men. Sometimes I observed more women than men.
Their laws/ regulations are aimed at protecting themselves or the environment. I purchased our sunscreen and bug spray here as they do not allow many of the ingredients that we have in the US. Two of the medicines that I purchased today say PHARMACIST ONLY MEDICINE on them, and one of them is Benadryl.
Did I mention that voting is mandatory? If you are of voting age, and don’t vote, it’s a $3,000 fine.
If you are caught not wearing your seatbelt on the bus, $300 fine.
You likely know that they had one mass shooting- ONE- in 1995 with an automatic weapon and they immediately banned them and bought back all weapons from the people. It’s not that they do not allow weapons, but automatic and semiautomatic guns are prohibited, if you want a gun it must be registered and you must provide proof of need. Each person must be registered and you have to prove that the gun and ammunition are locked in a proper safe. Reasonable? I think so, after all, the US averaged over 33,000 people killed by guns over the past 4 years and they average 200. Protect each other. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/australian-gun-laws-changed-after-port-arthur-so-why-wont-usa-change-its-gun-laws/news-story/ff87502dfe937a00b02c2651ff57cde6
Each city that we visited had one casino 🎰 , that we didn’t go to.
They call ketchup Tomato Sauce., an appetizer Entree, the entree they call Main, the sidewalk is called a Footpath, the convenience store is a Milk Bar, the mailman is a Postie. And south is colder than north as south is closer to Antarctica 🇦🇶 and north is closer to the equator.
Nothing much seems to bother them. If we are accidentally walking on the right, they just move over. Not like NYC, where you’d get dirty looks. Totally calm about hints, except sports. They do take their Australian rules football, cricket and horse racing very seriously.
Well, it’s about noon here on Tuesday. We have dinner plans so look on Instagram for those photos! Hopefully I will stop coughing by then. Tomorrow is the Blue Mountains tour, on our own, and the farewell dinner, with the group. Thursday we get on the ship 🛳 to New Zealand 🇳🇿.