This article was originally published on my blog at Wantrepreneur on 9 January 2017.
I just got back from a roadtrip in Australia. Here are some things I didn't expect to learn about this country during my first visit there.
Think of this article as the opposite of what you would normally read when you visit a place; I've not written this to encourage you to visit anywhere in particular, these are just some things that I noticed, or which took me by surprise, as I travelled down from Cairns to Sydney over the course of the past three weeks. Consider this my personal guide to three weeks in Australia.
I'm a bit of a nature freak at the best of times. I love wildlife, and (as my moderately patient boyfriend will attest) will spend hours just staring at fields or the ocean, in the hope that I'll eventually see that elusive deer/kangaroo/dolphin (which I know is out there that's why I can't take my eyes off them - I might miss them). Regardless of all that, there is so much wildlife in Australia, and it was such a big feature of our trip.
I'm going to skip all the obvious stuff that we all know, like the fact that marsupials are mammals that have a pouch, and that there are egg-laying mammals like the platypus in Australia, and jump straight into the stuff you won't know. You know, the heavy hitting stuff.
This ADORABLE little girl is a pademelon, a relative of kangaroos and wallabies. She ate from our hands. <3
Things with wings
Those flying things aren't what you think. And each one has a wingspan of 1.3metres... :-s
Bonus useless fact: Australia is the only place on earth where I'm (so far) not allergic to mosquito bites. This may not be useful or relevant to anyone else on the planet, but it was cause for small celebration for me. I still got loads of bites (for every 1 my boyfriend got, I got about 10). But these ones didn't balloon up into massive, red dinner plates, and I didn't have to resort to antihistamine. Great news for anyone who might have a similar constitution to me! Anyone any idea why that might be?
Yeah, I didn't get any good pictures of spiders. Here's a puppy we met in Airlie Beach instead. His name's Dave and he's a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix.
Tourism and tourists
I honestly don't mean to make light of a serious message, but I couldn't help but laugh at this. This side of the pond, you usually only get the far left image, i.e. 'don't do this'. You don't often get the 'why not'. I really wish I'd taken a picture of the 'don't swim in the crocodile-infested waters' sign.
Life in Oz
Yep, residents of Bondi look totally miserable. Shitty lives they lead. Sucks for them.
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