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Australia Day!

Tuesday was Australia Day, and that was definitely an experience for us! First, we went to a pub where we had crocodile, emu and kangaroo sandwiches. Never in my life have I ever thought I’d eat crocodile, but was pleasantly surprised by it. If any of you are wondering what it tastes like, many of us agreed it tastes like chicken. But it has the texture of seafood, so we decided the best way to describe it was “chicken of the sea”. The kangaroo burger we had was a lot like any beef burger, but more lean. I always feel kind of guilty eating the kangaroo after visiting them in the wildlife park a few weeks ago, but take the plunge anyway. Finally, I didn’t try the emu, since I had emu on pizza that CAPA provided us, but didn’t like it at all. Later we went to Hyde Park and walked around there for a bit and took in all the sights and sounds of Australia Day. By the time it was almost dark we made our way to Darling Harbour to watch the fireworks. There was also a parade of important government officials before the fireworks, which sadly, I could not tell you who they were. The fireworks were amazing, the best fireworks I have ever seen! I’m not normally a fan of fireworks, but these were very impressive. They had music coordinated with their fireworks (all different kinds from rock to orchestra), which I believe is what helped kick the show up a notch compared to ones I have seen in the past. All day when we were walking through the streets random people would shout, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Then the people around would reply, “Oi, Oi, Oi!” It was a quite festive day down under. We learned a lot about what it means to be an Australian. The comedian we saw earlier in the day told a story about how the Prime Minister in the 1950’s left work during his lunch break to fish (I believe it was to fish but I’m not sure), and never returned. We all have noticed on our internships how people take lengthy lunch breaks (they always return), but in some cases they will eat lunch for a little while, and then go shopping as well. Australians have such laid back attitudes to life. I think Americans could learn a little from Australians.

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