Jeezes but it’s hot here. It’s about 90/90 temp/humidity. I have never been in Miami in summer, but I imagine it to be a good example of this heavy, oppressive heat.
So here we are in steamy Darwin, at the top of Australia. Just a little history, Darwin is named after Charles Darwin who sailed here in 1839. Darwin got leveled in 1942 by the Japanese and again in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy, so it’s all quite modern. It’s a small city, about 75,000 but growing rapidly, and it’s a melting pot of cultures. You see many Aboriginal people here.
There wasn’t much to see, we could have gone to see the jumping crocodiles but we got our croc fix in Melbourne (“Melbin”), and we were too fatigued by the heat to walk to the museum. But a beer sounded good. We had a few Aussie dollars to get rid of, as this is our last port in Australia, so we got some “wedgies,” which came with mayo and sweet chilli (sic) sauce. We LOVED the sweet chilli sauce! We ate it all! (The mayo went untouched. Ick.)
The beer here is very good (and doesn’t give me a headache like American beer). You’ve all seen the ads with Crocodile Dundee saying about Foster’s Lager, “It’s Australian for beer, Mate!” Well, it ain’t. The Aussies do NOT drink Fosters! It’s not made here and they don’t sell it here.
Okay, here’s the wrap-up. Australia is ….uh… not much. There haven’t been many pictures because, frankly, there isn’t that much to see here. But the cruise is nice and we’re enjoying it very much. They have decorated for the holidays and the ship looks very festive.
Next up is Bali.
To answer some questions from email, my cold has run its course and I feel great. I missed the GBR but I don’t feel bad about it, I’ll watch Finding Nemo again when I get home. We are on Celebrity Millennium. This is our first Celebrity cruise and it’s very nice. They do a good job. They have some terrific alternative dining venues (we rarely eat in the main dining room) and the entertainment is top-notch. There is always something to do. Or you can do nothing at all.