Category Archives: The Outback

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Parrtjima Skirt

More Alice Springs!  In today’s entry I choose personal entertainment over environmental integrity.

When I landed in Alice Springs I saw a poster in the airport for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light. It was a limited-time only desert light installation.  I thought how convenient it is running the exact time I am here!  During my walking tour I asked my guide if she had been.  She said not yet and that she had mixed thoughts about it because it was disturbing the wildlife in the area.

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Alice Springs Reptile Center

Terry the Saltwater Crocodile

Terry the Saltwater Crocodile

And we’re back in Alice Springs when I first landed in Australia!

Since I had some free time I decided to visit the Alice Springs Reptile Center, a small-ish center with a number of snakes and lizards.  I walked around it trying to memorize the appearance of all the poisonous snakes as if synthesizing this information could save me in the future, but they were so numerous! I concluded immediately sprinting from any living creature in Australia is my best option.

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