Well the jet lag struck again. After trying to stay asleep after waking up at silly o'clock in the morning, and a busy day, we went splat at 5:30pm,only to rise at 8:45pm! Clearly we just need to gradually laten our 'afternoon naps'!
Started out today at the Sout Australian Museum, which has fascinating stuff including a wonder Aboriginal gallery, gemstones and fossils (including opal, which is mined locally), an Egyptian room which is not allowed to be upgraded as when it was built it was designed to look like the inside of a tomb and a 5000kg lump of meteorite which is always cool to touch, even in the height of summer. (Because it is made of solid iron, which is a very good conductor of heat). Phil was really impressed by the whale skeletons which are at a more accessible height so you can really get an impression of their size - enormous!
We then headed to the Tandanya gallery, which translates as 'Red Kangaroo'. This sells and displays beautiful Aboriginal paintings which tell stories of The Dreaming. Unfortunately the prices are rather beautiful too, otherwise we'd be bringing a few home!
The Migration Museum tells the story of the non-indigenous settlers, and how the lands were pretty much stolen from the Aboriginal people. Some of the truths about the White Australia policy were pretty shocking, and what happened to the settlers. When you think about how villified the Nazis were for picking and choosing their favourites, yet it happened here not so long ago, it's eye-opening. And the convict transportation was not mentioned at all...interesting.
Photos of weird street art tomorrow or whenever I can next get hold of wi-fi.