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Go Travel Windsor: Exhausted Mums' Relief!
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:30
GREAT SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY
Drop in with the kids for FREE activities 4 December - 31 January (gallery opening hours), or book in for one of these COOL workshops:
Wednesday 13 January 10 am-noon AND 1pm -3pm Acrylic Painting
Thursday 14 January 10 am-noon AND 1pm -3pm Small sculptures
Friday 15 January 10 am-noon Tie dyeing
Friday 15 January 10 am-noon Computer coding
Wednesday 20 January 10am-12noon AND 1pm-3pm Sculpture
Thursday 21 January 10 am-noon AND 1pm -3pm Acrylic painting
Friday 22 January 10 am-noon Sculpture
Go Travel Windsor: There's No Place Like Home
- Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:37
From the Editor:
As a recently minted Australian resident, I discovered a trip that takes one away for three months seems like a very long trip. Yes, avoiding much of the Australian winter and flying into the North American summer is a pleasure. Yet the longer one is away, the more one reminisces about the beauty of Sydney, of stunning Australian beaches and Sydney’s proximity to the wilderness of the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. And close to my heart, the early European history found in Parramatta and Windsor.
Rehab, after surgery in Virginia (USA) for my new titanium meniscus was long and to keep my mood light and to avoid bouts of homesickness, I turned to Bill Bryson’s Down Under, In a Sunburned Country. Screamingly funny from the first paragraph, this is a travel story everyone could love, but Aussies certainly.
Jetlag is a bear and only on Wednesday, after landing in Sydney on Sunday (22NOV), did I take my first exercise/walk – if you can call 25 minutes exercise. It is that time of year when those pesky little swift flies swarm and I remembered Bryson’s hilarious comments on those little pests. If you haven’t read Down Under, it will warm your heart and also make you laugh out loud. He loves Australia and isn’t shy about saying so, along with making us laugh at ourselves.
When I first immigrated to Australia ten years ago, my observations were similar to Bryson’s. However, I learned (from Bryson) that Australia is the 6th largest country and the world’s largest island, but then my American geography education was sorely lacking on any location ‘outside the U.S’.
Here is a brief excerpt from Bryson's cover:
‘It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different. I can’t tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly British bent – a sort of Baywatch with cricket . . .
Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the world’s sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country.
It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life – a large proportion of it quite deadly.
Ignoring such dangers – yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging; their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
Bryson is on target: Life doesn’t get much better than this. It only takes a trip to the U.S., chaotic with the U.S. presidential primaries, frightening with frequent gun incidents and frustrating with massive traffic congestion in California to open one's eyes—life doesn’t get much better than in Australia.