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"Anyone who has to ask about the annual upkeep of a yacht can't afford one." -- J. P. Morgan

376--Australia: White Aborigines and Blue Mountains
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 27 2007 - 19:14 PST
cherie writes: Do opposites attract? We may be from different cultures, but we’re from the same world. I met this local aborigine at the Blue Mountains in Australia. We snapped a few photos together and he harmonized on his didgeridoo to the delight of locals and tourists trying to flee the bustle of Sydney.

After relaxing in the Blue Mountains (not really blue) and Grose Valley (definitely not gross), Liam (good travel buddy) and I drove through the forests of eucalyptus trees and headed for the city—Sydney.

Sydney is full of innovative architecture from the Harbor Bridge to the Sydney Opera House. We ended the day with a stroll through Luna Park and a movie at an outdoor theater. From the first humans to inhabit Australia to the cutting edge architecture of Sydney’s world-famous skyline, come see the photos of a day in Sydney.

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Cherie with an Australian Aborigine.  Body painting is an important Aboriginal ceremonial custom; the white ochre "paint" is derived from kaolin.

Cherie with an Australian Aborigine. Body painting is an important Aboriginal ceremonial custom; the white ochre "paint" is derived from kaolin.

Aborigines often paint their bodies with dyes from the earth (in this case white ochre) to feel closer to the land.

Aborigines often paint their bodies with dyes from the earth (in this case white ochre) to feel closer to the land.

Cherie gets an Aboriginal kiss.

Cherie gets an Aboriginal kiss.

Scholars believe the didgeridoo (or didjeridu) is the "world's oldest" wind instrument.

Scholars believe the didgeridoo (or didjeridu) is the "world's oldest" wind instrument.

The Aborigines were the first humans to inhabit Australia.

The Aborigines were the first humans to inhabit Australia.

Cherie and the Blue Mountains, about an hour drive from Sydney, Australia.

Cherie and the Blue Mountains, about an hour drive from Sydney, Australia.

What a colorful world!  The USA has purple mountains while Australia has Blue Mountains.

What a colorful world! The USA has purple mountains while Australia has Blue Mountains.

Liam, a local Aussie, on the lookout.

Liam, a local Aussie, on the lookout.

The Blue Mountains is the perfect escape from the hurried life in downtown Sydney.

The Blue Mountains is the perfect escape from the hurried life in downtown Sydney.

A canopy of shade.

A canopy of shade.

Cherie with the waterfall.

Cherie with the waterfall.

Let the water fall.

Let the water fall.

The water left strange swirly-scars on this this rock.

The water left strange swirly-scars on this this rock.

Typical "Aussie" men only wear shorts that go below the knees. (Note Liam's "long shorts".)

Typical "Aussie" men only wear shorts that go below the knees. (Note Liam's "long shorts".)

I haven't seen any Aussie's in these short shorts!

I haven't seen any Aussie's in these short shorts!

The Grose Valley is a vast rolling canyon of green.

The Grose Valley is a vast rolling canyon of green.

Cherie with her Aussie buddy Liam.

Cherie with her Aussie buddy Liam.

Care for a quick dip in these "healing" waters?

Care for a quick dip in these "healing" waters?

Liam finds a sliver of shade in the bush.

Liam finds a sliver of shade in the bush.

Cherie takes in the view of Grose Valley misnamed because it is not gross.

Cherie takes in the view of Grose Valley misnamed because it is not gross.

Is Ronald McDonald on Prozac?

Is Ronald McDonald on Prozac?

Sydney, Australia.

Sydney, Australia.

The dynamic architecture in Sydney.

The dynamic architecture in Sydney.

There's no boring architecture here; Sydney buildings have style.

There's no boring architecture here; Sydney buildings have style.

Ok, Liam.  I get it.  You're hungry.

Ok, Liam. I get it. You're hungry.

We need to find Liam a girlfriend...Quick!

We need to find Liam a girlfriend...Quick!

A swan in perpetual flight.

A swan in perpetual flight.

The Sydney Harbor Bridge (which you can climb) is one of Australia's most famous icons.

The Sydney Harbor Bridge (which you can climb) is one of Australia's most famous icons.

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon.

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon.

Luna Park is full of rides and carnival-style attractions.

Luna Park is full of rides and carnival-style attractions.

Welcome to Luna Park, originally opened in December 1912.

Welcome to Luna Park, originally opened in December 1912.

Welcome to the world of nightmare-inducing theme park rides.

Welcome to the world of nightmare-inducing theme park rides.

Open your mouth and prepare to win a prize.

Open your mouth and prepare to win a prize.

Welcome to Funny Land.  Your jokes are always funny here.

Welcome to Funny Land. Your jokes are always funny here.

If this is Funny Land...then Where's Cherie?

If this is Funny Land...then Where's Cherie?

The Ferris Wheel and the Harbor Bridge.

The Ferris Wheel and the Harbor Bridge.

Eat ice-cream before this riding this attraction (or a similar food that tastes the same going either way.)

Eat ice-cream before this riding this attraction (or a similar food that tastes the same going either way.)

Hungry for Fish N. Sips?

Hungry for Fish N. Sips?

Spooky.

Spooky.

The Sydney Opera House was opened on Oct 20, 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Sydney Opera House was opened on Oct 20, 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

The view from the Harbor Bridge, 134 meters above Sydney Harbor.

The view from the Harbor Bridge, 134 meters above Sydney Harbor.

A profile view of the Sydney Opera House.

A profile view of the Sydney Opera House.

The Harbor Bridge.

The Harbor Bridge.

Sydney at night.

Sydney at night.

Cherie and Liam.

Cherie and Liam.

A night at the outdoor movie theater in Sydney.

A night at the outdoor movie theater in Sydney.

Sorry ladies, only Aboriginal men play the didgeridoo.

Sorry ladies, only Aboriginal men play the didgeridoo.

Not a bad view of the magnificent Harbor Bridge.

Not a bad view of the magnificent Harbor Bridge.