Jun 11, 2015

Australia Week: Suze Loves Australia


Australia has always fascinated me. Ever since I was a child I wanted to go there. When my mother's brother emigrated with his family I wanted to visit so badly, but we never had the chance. Later I had a boyfriend whose mother was from Australia and they used to tell me so many great stories about the country. The relationship didn't last, but my curiosity about Australia remained. After reading several novels set in Australia I wanted to go even more, but still I haven't been able to. I'm not that old yet, so I think my time will come and until then I can virtually travel there whenever I like.

I've chosen Australia as my next around the world destination because of my fascination for the culture and also because it's everything my country is not. It's usually warm, sometimes very warm, while here it's possible that I still wear my winter coat at the end of spring. There is a lot of space, while here in the Netherlands everything is really close. To travel from one side of the country to the other takes three hours by car here, while in Australia it's best to travel by plane. Tiny wasps and little harmless spiders are the most scary insects we have while in Australia people know how to live with the threats of bigger and scarier insects. I have never seen a snake outside a zoo as they hardly exist here while in Australia there are plenty. The Dutch need to protect themselves from the sun moderately as the sun burns so much less fierce here than in Australia, etc. I love that idea, of being different, but also the same, as we are all people who want to love and be loved.

I wish I could see Australia's bright colors and I'd love to barbecue for Christmas. I used to have a lot of penpals and they've taught me a lot about Australia through handwritten letters. My friends wrote to me about the heat, the water ratios, the food, the wines, the beautiful holiday destinations, living in the city, living in a small countryside village, having a pool in your backyard, etc. I loved hearing from them and have kept all the letters I received. While organizing my event I rediscovered how kind Australian people are. I've received so many friendly, generous and helpful messages. It truly warms my heart and I can't wait for this special week to begin!

10 comments:

  1. I am really looking forward to Australia week.

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  2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to visit Australia one day. I had the chance to visit there twice during my student days and it was a travel adventure of a lifetime. If you look past the snakes (which I happily never saw close up) or frogs in the toilet bowl (not funny with a full bladder) you may find yourself faced with parrots coming straight to your window (trying to break in and steal sugar packs from your hotel room, so don't trust them) or feeding wallabies (just hold on tight to the food bag, those are sneaky little fellows). Apart from the amazing fauna and flora though I was also amazed at the beautiful night sky in the outback which showed the milky way in all its glory. You sure don't get to appreciate a view like that in light polluted Europe. Plus, like you said, the Australians are such super friendly folks too!

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  3. I'm so excited about Australia week! I returned to the UK last October after 14 years there and it's truly an amazing country. Ah, I'm getting homesick for the land down under now :-(
    Helen J Rolfe x

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  4. Hi! One of my favourite countries, the people are so laid-back that I always feel at home. You need to go to Queensland and visit the Spanish castle, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, a must if you like castles and forests!
    Marta
    A Bilingual Baby blog

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  5. I really hope I can visiti Australia too someday! :) Good Luck!

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  6. I too wish I could visit Australia. Even if I'm not really a travelling bird, some places are just too awesome to not visit.

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  7. i hope you get to visit one day. i fear i'm not that adventurous even if i would love to see the faune and flora

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  8. I love Australia! Some of my favorite books are set there, and my friend used to live there :)

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  9. I've never been to Australia either but have seen and heard so many wonderful and intriguing things about the country. This is exciting that you chose it as "our" next destination. :)

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  10. I hope you'll make it to Australia one day. It's a beautiful country ... although, may I just burst the little bubble regarding the weather ? I'm sitting in front of the heater with an outside temp of just above 10 deg C. It can get bitter cold here in the south, though not as cold as in Holland :-)

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