Oz

Australia feels small for a continent, but vast for a country. It feels more like a collection of city states, each with its own rough backyard. Caught between seemingly unlimited mineral resources and a limited water supply, the cities prosper while the rest of the country is spread very thin. I heard the word remote a lot.

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In the cities I have seen a modern, …

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… competitive, …

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…. multi-ethnic society …

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… that enjoys the riches …

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… that apparently come when a small population hits on the resources of a whole continent, … even when the continent is somewhat uncooperative.

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Others are coming …

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… to join, temporarily or permanent, at the table.

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The culture …

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… seems down-to-earth …

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… and sports a tone, that tends to go straight to the point.

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I heard people speaking their minds. There seems to be a rough side to this society, a tendency to do what one pleases, and if necessary fight for it. I have seen an abundance of memorials, as if to keep sacrifice and military achievement on everyone’s mind and make the world wars look like a recent event.

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Well, I can imagine there has been a lot of suffering around here,¬† … for various reasons, I guess.

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Outside of the big cities …

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… things look different.

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If you insist on ground travel …

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… be prepared …

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… and bring a lot of time. Technology is your mate.

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I enjoyed my time in the Outback …

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… sleeping under the stars, sharing tales from all over the world while burning fire wood …

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… to ashes, …

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… but in the Outback everyone seems to be a temporary visitor. For millenia there has been a local culture …

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… but all I found was folklore for sale.

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People around here seem to cherish a good time …

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… and stick to their values.

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Cheers, Oz.

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