In Alice again

Trip Start Apr 10, 2005
Trip End Dec 09, 2006

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

One thing I didn't mention on the first Alice Springs log, was that there is a huge presence of aboriginal people living here. We did wonder to ourselves why it had taken till Alice Springs (in the middle of nowhere remember) to actually see or meet any full blooded aboriginal people. We have heard so many conflicting stories from Australians about this almost forgot race but mainly that, they are a waste of space. That they don't work and rely on the government to feed, cloth and house them. We can totally understand why people think that, as walking around Alice you see semi conscious aboriginals on the street or under a tree with a box of wine in their hands. It's really hard to form you own opinion when you experience this first hand. We reckon that these people either don't want to or just can't conform to a Western society and they have either been banished or left their communities, who knows?! What you don't see or hear much about is the aboriginals that live on their own land, living traditional lifestyles within their communities, you just don't see this as a tourist as you often need permits to go there and they are in the middle of nowhere. Uluru gave us more of an idea but we are certainly intrigued to learn more about them and why there is such a tainted view. Anyway don't want to waffle but just wanted to give you an insight, as seen through our eyes.

We spent a morning in Alice having a look around, not that there is really much here at all. We visited the Royal Flying Doctor's museum, which was an interesting look at how people living in the outback get medical help. The work they do is pretty amazing considering they are a charity. When you live on a cattle station 500km for any major hospital, the Flying Doctors really are your only hope!
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