Darwin: What's It All About?

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
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Trip End Jan 08, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm on the next leg of my trip, a 10,5 hour coach ride from Darwin to Kununurra, which for the Australians who don’t know (and surprisingly there are a lot of them) is in Western Australia not the Northern Territory. So, once again it looked like it would be a good time to reflect on my impressions of Darwin – I did see some of it, although most of my time was spent lazing by the pool. I met some great people there, namely Tania & Ben (who taught me how to open a beer bottle with a lighter and that wine contains milk products amongst other things); however, I may not be best placed to offer an objective observation. Fortunately, there was a great article in the local paper which sums it all up. So, with your indulgence I shall summarise that article and hope I don’t get sued for copyright theft.

"The city lives in an endless summer and it would be difficult to tell the seasons apart were it not for the fact that in one of them it never rains and in the other it never stops raining. Either way though, it is always hot and so the city is lucky to be surrounded by beautiful beaches. Not only that, but the water is a divine shade of blue and the perfect temperature for swimming. Indeed, the only slight drawback is that it is filled with man-eating crocodiles, deadly box jellyfish and the occasional killer shark.

"...(Furthermore) thanks to the 'jumping crocs’ phenomenon, these giant killing machines (crocodiles) have been trained to think that if they are hungry they just have to listen for the sound of a small tinnie (boat) crammed with people, swim right beside it, leap out of the water with their jaws wide open as close to the humans as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

“In many other jurisdictions, questions would be raised about the wisdom of this practice, however, in the Territory it is considered not only harmless but also a viable business plan. Few other places in the world have decided that the best drawcard for tourists is to lure them to the middle of nowhere and then almost get them killed, but this is typical of the unique genius Territorians have evolved.”

That, in a nutshell, is Darwin.
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