Sydney and Reflections.

In my last post, I forgot to mention the Fruit Bats of Cairns. They hang in the trees during the day and begin to fly at sunset. They are probably as long as my forearm, their wingspan is close to the span of my arms. The squeak and flutter when hanging upside down in the trees and they squeal when flying.

Sydney is a large town, The British settled it as a penal colony. For the people, male, female, children, it was a struggle to learn survival skills. Those who learned thrived. Several of the original criminals are now revered as founding father.

We took a boat tour of the outer banks of Sydney, visited Bondi Beach – surfers paradise, strolled through the botanical gardens and visited a zoo of native animals. The houses in Sydney, along the bay, are each worth several million, the views are extraordinary. The days were full.

 

In looking back, I think New Zealand was the most beautiful part of the trip. If you are healthy and young enough to hike and follow bike trails,

 

this is a place you really need to visit. Temperate Rain Forest, Glaciers, all surrounded by the ocean and the purest air I have ever breathed and probably the friendliest people you will ever meet. The government is definitely a dreamland for supporters of Bernie Sander. They have strict but fair immigration laws, I suspect similar to those Trump is trying to articulate.

Australia that we saw was a big city tour. I would have loved to go further west to see some of the wildlife.

 

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