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The dreaded shared shower

Note: This post was first published back in 2007. Strictly speaking, this post could apply to most of our summer vacations, not just to this trip to Australia. It’s about the shower in hostels and campgrounds, the sort that you share with lots of other people. This came up when we visited Kakadu National Park. I…

Australia Comment #3: No Worries!

The most typical phrase in Australia is not “G’day, Mate,” as I expected, it’s “No worries!” It’s amazing how often we heard that phrase and in how many different situations. Someone just gave you your change from a purchase. You say “Thank you.” The reply: “No worries!” You accidentally bump into someone in the grocery…

Australia Comment #2: Citizenship

Our friend Mary Anne emigrated with her family to Australia a few years ago. I don’t know what the requirements for emigrating to Australia are, but they sure sounded complicated when they were preparing to emigrate. Holland, too, has pretty complicated and strict rules about who can receive a “green card” equivalent and be allowed to…

Australia Comment #1: My version of “The Truman Show”

Well, I’ve been travelling around Australia for the last month, and this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and add anything to my blog. In case you’re curious, I’m at a sort of bungalow park called The White Cockatoo about an hour north of Cairns, in Queensland. Yes, if you’ve checked the…

Guilt

Anyone who’s ever watched a Woody Allen film will know that guilt is built into the culture of the East Coast Jewish family. The slightest mistake that we make will make us feel guilty, even when, if we look at it rationally, we know we couldn’t help it, or it was someone else’s fault, or…