AUSTRALIA!!

Merry Christmas from Sydney!

I just got back from a 5-day excursion to the desert of the Northern Territory, and a visit to Uluru.  It was hot, and dirty.

Here are some pictures I have taken so far!

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After hiking up “heart attack hill” in 40 C heat, I took this picture.

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some of my fellow tourists

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Signage in King’s Canyon

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Some sheer cliff faces in Kings Canyon, which apparently, is a real canyon, as opposed to the Grand Canyon, which is actually a gorge? I don’t really know the difference, but the guy pictures below, our all-knowing guide, Mr. Dan, told me that.

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Headless Dan holding a “Thorny Devil”.  They don’t actually hurt you, they just look menacing.

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A Korean dude, a Dutch dude, and a thorny devil.

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Mr. Dan, the Outback Survival Expert Man, with our campfire.

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That big blurry thing in the back is Ayer’s rock aka Uluru.

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Sunrise in the Northern Territory, somewhere south of Alice Springs.

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On of my fellow tourists Bumjo, and the Olgas, aka the Kata Tjuja, which play some significant role in aboriginal creation stories.

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A view from the first lookout in the Kata Tjuja, only 9 am and already in the upper 30’s C.

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Those are big rocks.

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I wish I was a better photographer, then you might have some idea of the scale of these things.

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This is me and… I’m not sure what.

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Mr. Dan, looking rugged.

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He’s like a younger, sexier Crocodile Dundee.

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Aboriginal rock art paintings at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock).

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Same same as above, but this drawing indicates that this spot makes an ideal location for cooking up some emu meat.

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The big rock I have wanted to see since watching “The Rescuers Down Under” as a child.

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More rock.

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I really went there!

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Another S. Korean pal from the trip.

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Me and Bumjo

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This is at sunrise, I look like some kind of hobo hippie sheep herder.

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There are lots of tourists at Ayer’s Rock.

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It’s really big.  This is part of if.

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Here’s another part that goes along with some aboriginal story about the dreamtime.

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Wild camels in the outback.

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My pal Bumjo!

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Me and Jamie, my old neighbor from Vientiane, with the Sydney harbour in the background.

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Me and the girls at Watson’s Bay!

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The cutest busker I have ever seen.

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The ghost of Nicole past can be spotted haunting the Sydney harbour bridge area on warm nights in December.

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Opera house !!!  I was really there!!!

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