It's nice to be back on the air after two weeks in Australia. Many of you know that I've been enamored with The Land Down Under ever since first grade, when I learned about koalas, kangaroos, and other Australian marsupials. It's a country that is filled with natural beauty, interesting wildlife, and warm, friendly people whose relaxed vibe is evidenced by their popular phrase, "No Worries, Mate!" While in Sydney I attended the Rotary International Convention. I also climbed the Harbour Bridge (exciting...with an excellent view!), attended a performance at the world famous Sydney Opera House, and visited Koala Park which is home to all kinds of furry Aussie creatures.
One of my favorite parts of this trip was the visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) which is that big red monolith in the center of the country. I'm sure you've seen it on the travel brochures and on TV. To get up close and view it at sunrise and sunset is a very special experience. The rock seems to change color depending on the time and weather conditions. Another beautiful scene is the rock formation known as The Olgas, a little over an hour's drive from Uluru. The rocks and the sky at both places were breathtakingly beautiful.
Yes, the flight is really long...6 hours to California and then another 15 hours to Sydney, but it's worth it, in my opinion. This was my 5th visit. Australia is a special place for me and I look forward to going back again. What's a place that you love to visit and keep going back to?