This trip has been full of juxtapositions. Right now I am in Sydney, looking out my hotel room at the skyline of one of the great cities of the world. Last night, I had dinner at Circular Quay overlooking the iconic Harbour Bridge and yesterday I spent the day at Bondi Beach, one of the best known beaches in the world. Meanwhile, two days ago I was in rural New South Wales and was wakened by the crow of a rooster. We were at Robert’s brother’s house and to get there, our directions were to drive 32 kilometers outside town. After we passed a phone box, we were to drive another 2 k and then pass a tin church to get to the house. What a difference a day or two makes! It’s enough to literally make your head spin. But it’s also fantastic and one of the many things I love about Australia: within a short drive of a city you can be in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road.