I Am The Smallest

It is late afternoon and driving south from Melbourne for almost 2 hours, Delia and Brian are heading towards Phillip Island, which is my home. WHO AM I? With more than 30,000 of my colleagues I live on the island’s Summerland Peninsula. Several hundred visitors will be joining us this evening. I have several different names. Some call me “Fairy penguin”. Others call me “Blue penguin” or “Little blue penguin”. We are the smallest of the 17 or 18 different species of penguins in the world. When I am fully grown, I will not be taller than 15” (35 cm), …

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Have you ever made your own Souvenir?

Do you collect souvenirs when you are on vacation? I guess you do, like so many of us. Do these souvenirs gather dust and are often neither seen, nor used, when you get back home? If you actually MADE your own souvenir would it be more meaningful? Welcome to Canberra, Australia’s capital city, where that opportunity presents itself! The Kingston Powerhouse, the very first permanent public building in Canberra, was a coal-fired facility that produced the steam to generate electricity for about 50 years in the 20th Century.

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Is It a “Piece Of Europe” Or…?

50 years ago, I made my first visit to Denmark. and memories of the two weeks I was there, staying in Youth Hostels, keep flooding back. The nostalgia is powerful. The Little Mermaid statue, windmills, Danish pastries. I remember them all. In fact, I see them all, right now. Not only do I see them but I am enjoying not only the sweet and the savory aroma of those pastries, but also the taste.  It is breakfast time and sitting there in the bakery with my coffee and pastries I am so happy to be back in Denmark after 50 …

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