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.
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:
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.
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