|I have been
advised that day trips to the opposite end of the world are not a
particularly smart idea. However, if that is all the time you
have...it is still not a good idea. Slight exaggeration as I was
actually there for the whole weekend, but...still not a good idea.
Given this cop out clause, I suppose I
ought to give them the benefit of the doubt and go back again sometime.
I had been led to believe that Melbourne was the cultural bit; unfortunately
Melbourne is the only place I managed to visit so comparisons are difficult,
another excuse to go back and see what I was missing, because Melbourne,
though pleasant enough and an understandably decent place to live was, for a
visitor, rather bland. For a European it is all a bit superficial; you
really do notice that there are no historical buildings and the "old" ones
just look rather tatty examples of second rate Victorian architecture.
I was also told that all Aussies are
really laid back. I guess it is all relative, but I found them far
less laid back than the New Zealanders. Still on my list of places to
see before I die are Sydney, for the bridge and opera house, and Ayers rock,
or whatever the PC thought police have renamed it. I read somewhere
that the locals are trying to copyright photos of the monolith; where will
it all end?!