Faraway Files #15

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Today, the 26th of January, is Australia Day.

I am a proud Australian but like many others I am uncomfortable with the day chosen to celebrate our nation. The 26th of January marks the anniversary of the day the First Fleet of British ships arrived in Port Jackson in 1788 bringing migrants and convicts to settle in Australia. This event was catastrophic for the indigenous people of Australia who were almost annihilated by the diseases, way of life and attitudes brought by our country’s new inhabitants.

READ:   I speak Australian

In the 21st century Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders do not enjoy the same opportunities or life expectancy of other Australians and much work needs to be done to rectify this situation. So on this day I celebrate the unique, ancient and beautiful culture of these people. I love Dreamtime stories. They always have a special message illustrated by the Australian landscape and wildlife.

My Australian stories on Untold Morsels:

Melbourne | Great Ocean Road | Hobart 

I speak Australian | ANZAC slice recipe | Visiting the Somme

Building tolerance and understanding is an important reason why we travel with our kids. I hope that by experiencing different ways of life and perspectives they will have more open minds and hearts.

Some of the posts from last week’s Faraway Files showed us the humanity we discover in our travels and these were my favourites:

I was completely entranced by the way the French town of Menton rose to the challenge of a glut of lemons to create their lemon festival. Phoebe’s photos of the dinosaur made of lemons is my son’s favourite photo of the year so far.

The nomadic Bedouin people of Jordan were the subject of Kat’s post and I love the parallels with the nomadic indigenous tribes of Australia.

Different Shores explored the fascinating city of Matera in southern Italy and its unique dwellings made from stone. I would love to stay in a renovated Sassi but note their troubled past.

Thank you for sharing your stories.

My post for this week is about one of my favourite activities to do in London with visitors from abroad. On a sunny day there is nothing better than cruising down the Regent’s Canal in a narrowboat from pretty Little Venice to Camden Lock.

London's Little Venice

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week I’m hosting the link up so link up a travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available below to your blog or link back to the hosts.

✪ Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.

✪ Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @UntoldMorsels, @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers

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11 thoughts on “Faraway Files #15

  1. Ali May says:

    Happy Australia Day, Katy! Isn’t it interesting that this is probably the first year I have been uncomfortable about the date and the reason we named this date as our day to celebrate Australia. I’d grown up with this tradition, yet it has taken me nearly 40 years to understand that this is a celebration that is the result of much suffering by the indigenous people. I’ve always overlooked this, thinking that Australia had moved past the turbulent beginnings. But now in this age of uncertainty, it all seems very relevant that we acknowledge this and find a way to move forward together. Anyway, I am pleased to link up again with an Australian themed post for today – and look forward to reading everyone else’s links!

    • Katy says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment Ali. Every day we learn a little more and I know that I for one am much more aware and compassionate than I was in my 20s. I think as long as we approach things with open minds and hearts progress will be made. Loved your Mornington beach boxes. Dreaming of that warm sand as I shiver my way through a London winter!

  2. Kat says:

    Hi Katy, thank you so much for featuring my post as one of your favourites! 🙂 I remember Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories when I was living in Adelaide in the 1990s for 5.5 years – never knew about their dreamtime stories until I travelled to Alice Springs and Northern Territory – gave me a whole new understanding and perspective about Australian history and the Aborigines people.

    • Katy says:

      The Dreamtime stories are unique and beautiful. I am so glad you like them. One of my aunts gave me a book of them as a child. She passed away suddenly last year and I was never to thank her for opening my eyes to the indigenous culture of our country. You lived in Adelaide a long time! My husband is from Unley in Adelaide and we visit there often. Not much has changed 🙂

  3. Ruth says:

    Hello Katy, congratulations on Australia Day (even though the specific date is troubling). Same thing here. The discovery of America is a holiday in many Latin American countries but is not a celebratory day for native groups or tribes. I have had the opportunity to visit native communities in Mexico and Central America and their knowledge, traditions and customs are very rich. Hope we can help to give them better opportunities thru our travel dollars (and other ways).

    • Katy says:

      Well said Ruth. I really hope some compassion and common sense makes its way back into politics in particular. Things are getting a little crazy at the moment and we would do well to remember that some of these cultures have survived by 10,000s of years more than our western ideas.

  4. oregongirlaroundtheworld says:

    Happy Australia day! I loved learning about the dreamtime stories and the beautiful aboriginal art – there was an amazing exhibit at the museum in Sydney showing the ancient tradition and then into modern indigenous art when we were there. Loved it! Cheers from Copenhagen! Erin #FarawayFiles

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