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Thursday Fantasy-Australia

 (Today is ANZAC day which is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” I dedicate this Aussie themed post to the memory of the Aussie and New Zealand soldiers who died at Gallipoli, the World War I battle which was what started this day of remembrance.)

Even with the 14 hour time difference, an entire day spent traveling, and the extremely high cost of everything, I would love to visit Australia one day. (A dream of mine would be to spend a month in Australia and a month in New Zealand and then perhaps “wrap things up” with a week on the Cook Islands…I win the lottery, you know where I’m headed.)

Simply put, Australia fascinates me-between the terrific accents (I adore Aussie accents), is fascinating origins (it was founded as a penal colony), and its incredible ecological diversity (sea life, desert, cityscapes-it truly has everything that a tourist could want. I also loved the book A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute that was first published in 1950. I highly recommend reading it and yes, it has a lot to do with Australia (sorry I don’t want to say anymore and spoil it).

While naturally I would want to visit Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef even if a lot of people claim there are less crowds and better snorkeling opportunities elsewhere, I really want to see this:

via www.atn.com.au
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory (central Australia). Its considered to be one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks. So needless to say if I survive the flight to Australia, I want my trip to include this spectacular sight.
I’ve never actually cooked anything that was “Australian” although as a child I remember making the famous dessert Pavalova. But last month I came across another dessert that an American expat living in Australia mentioned on her blog-lamingtons which are little sponge cakes first dipped in chocolate and then coated in coconut. They were a pain to make (well the dipping and coating parts) but were quite pretty. I think I would prefer to buy them next time…preferably in Australia.

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