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Your Australia explorer, rapid shooter Malgo, aka emka, is back home.
It was fantastic journey, the most wonderful of all my trips. Everything went perfect - the weather was fantastic, the places visited very beautiful and the people amazing. All Australians I met were very kind to us, very helpful and kind. And the cream of the crop were our Aussie trekkers - Klaudio, Andrew and Santo from melbourne, and Lisa, Dawn, Gus, Graham, Ian and Colin from Sydney. Their hospitality, caring, kindness were beyond my imagination. I would be very happy if I ever had the opportunity to be so generous and kind in my country as they were. Thank you so much!! I hope you have also some fun with my visit.

It was the long journey. In five weeks I went 36 000 km by plane, over 9000 km by trains and over 3000 by buses and cars (in it more than 500 km with the Melbourne boys). It is about 48 000 km. Not bad, I thi nk :).
This photo is very similar to the one made by Klaudio. But I chose the photo with rainbow. Rainbow was very important in Aboriginal culture. Wikipedia:

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the rainbow snake is the Creator (Kurreah, Andrenjinyi, Yingarna, Ngalyod and others) in the Dreaming, which is the infinite period of time that "began with the world's creation and that has no end. People, animals, and Eternal Beings like the Rainbow Serpent are all part of the Dreaming, and everyday life is affected by the Dreaming's immortals," in almost every Australian Aborigine tribe. In these tribes, of which there are over 50, actual rainbows are gigantic, often malevolent, serpents who inhabit the sky or ground. This snake has different names in different tribes, and has both different and similar traits from tribe to tribe.
The theme consistent with most Australian tribes is that the Rainbow Serpent is the creator of the world and all beings. During the dry season, the Rainbow Serpent retreats to deep waterholes. Another common theme among all aboriginal tribes is that the Rainbow Serpent has no gender. And while the Rainbow Serpent can give fertility by creating rain, it can also let loose blindness and disease. "The Aboriginal Rainbow is humanity, because it causes the 'energy' and the 'breath' that gives people life."

See also the boys in WS.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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