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Aug 3, 2020 - 6:01:57 AM
31810 posts since 3/5/2008

Youtuber...
Stroppy Me...
Makes me Really wanna visit yer Country...
I do not see it in the cards... :0/
But one nevah knows...! :0)

Aug 3, 2020 - 10:31:07 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16944 posts since 6/5/2008

I lived in OZ for nearly 4 years. Post grad degree at La Trobe U. in Melbourne.
Bundoora for the analy fixated.

The place is bigger than the continental USA.
So you have to plan carefully since things are so far apart!
I spent a lot of my spare time (and some work time) in the mountains in both summer and winter.
Lots of winter snow to settle any Canuck homesickness.

When conditions are OK, I say by all means, go.
Find a tramp freighter that will take a dozen passengers.
You have to sail to leave the pollywog behind and become a shellback (1968).

The first day that a flock of big sulfur-crested cockatoos flies past you, you know you ain't in North America.

Aug 3, 2020 - 11:05:34 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1970 posts since 6/19/2014

Sunset on the main beach in Adelaide, South Australia.  I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Aug 3, 2020 - 11:35:53 AM
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OM45GE

USA

100059 posts since 11/7/2007

We had a good friend who lived in Sydney. We visited several times and toured New South Wales pretty extensively. We loved it. Sadly, he died several years ago and we haven’t been back since.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:06:18 PM
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DC5

USA

13159 posts since 6/30/2015
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Oz and NZ both on my list of wanna get to, but as each year goes by the likelihood of it happening gets dimmer and dimmer. Almost got sent there on a business trip when I was at DG, but the problem got fixed remotely.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:18:36 PM

2153 posts since 1/16/2010

I spent a month in Fremantle/Perth Australia...courtesy of Uncle Sam back in 2005. Our submarine pulled in there. Out of all the foreign countries we visited...quite a few...Australia was the only place that I would ever consider living in. It was such an amazing place on all accounts.

Beautiful people...very friendly and hospitable. Beautiful country and wildlife...everywhere....
tamars hopping down every city sidewalk. Food to die for....great music...proud culture and heritage...ratio of 5:1 women for every man...awesome Mad Max style vehicles and farm boy utes driving the streets...And.....this is the kicker....they loved Americans!

I’ve still got some guys I keep in contact with from there 15 years later. I’d like to go back and visit the Northern Territory someday...go check out Walkabout Creek and Mic Dundee’s old stompin’ ground! And maybe go find where The Road Warrior was filmed!

I LOVE Australia!

Dow

Aug 3, 2020 - 3:56:44 PM

55422 posts since 12/14/2005

Wondered why no link.
So I looked him up.
Lots of political opinion, so, obviously NOT within the BHO rules.
But, from what I've heard about it from residents and visitors, a lovely place.

And from watching the HBO series "Mystery Road", a place where, from time to time, people kill each other over foolishness.
Just like everywhere else.

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:17:32 PM

3506 posts since 7/8/2010

My Dad made it over to Australia. This was after being at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. Then on to fight the battle of Coral Sea
He rarely talked about the war to me but he did tell me how hospitable the people of Australia were when his destroyer followed an inlet to one of the cities there.
The people there really appreciated the American sailors. One of the few good times that many of them had. I will always be grateful for the little bit of happiness the folks gave my Dad.

Aug 5, 2020 - 7:27:32 PM

bellf

Australia

304 posts since 7/13/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

I lived in OZ for nearly 4 years. Post grad degree at La Trobe U. in Melbourne.
Bundoora for the analy fixated.

The place is bigger than the continental USA.
So you have to plan carefully since things are so far apart!
I spent a lot of my spare time (and some work time) in the mountains in both summer and winter.
Lots of winter snow to settle any Canuck homesickness.

When conditions are OK, I say by all means, go.
Find a tramp freighter that will take a dozen passengers.
You have to sail to leave the pollywog behind and become a shellback (1968).

The first day that a flock of big sulfur-crested cockatoos flies past you, you know you ain't in North America.


Hey Brian, I did my undergraduate studies at La Trobe in the mid 90s. When were you there?

Aug 5, 2020 - 7:37:40 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16944 posts since 6/5/2008

Hi Bell.

PhD '72 (Botany). One hello of a long time before you!
Commonwealth of Nations Research Fellow.

Our labs were still in portables up top on Plenty Road.
Great hike down the hill to Glen College for lunch.
The first Bio bldg got bricked up and Botany moved onto the top floor.

I am a member of Menzies College and now a member of the LaTrobe Chancellor's Circle.

My advice is to "work hard and play hard and understand the difference."

Aug 5, 2020 - 8:25:21 PM

bellf

Australia

304 posts since 7/13/2014

I’ll bet there’s been a lot of changes since you were there Brian.

I was just driving along Plenty Road this morning.

Aug 5, 2020 - 10:15:40 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16944 posts since 6/5/2008

I have not been back since EXPO in Brisbane. When was that? '86?

I've looked at campus maps recently and finding the Agora was hard enough.
I knew that the layout was planned so some seminal buildings got done first.
Then as the years went by, the gaps were filled in.

Now the place is so built up, so little green space, it's almost an insult to the landscape.
Good school. I read that they just pulled the switch and 52% of the university's electricity is solar.

Still very good friends in Melb.
The best thing to do is to share a bottle in Watson's in Carlton
on a very quiet midweek afternoon.
It was so desperately important for some to be "seen" there in the Saturday morning press.

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