All I have to offer, for now, are some photos of Sydney, where I spent several days in early January with my good friend and former Nigeria colleague Trudi. She’s with me here in Melbourne now for the finals of the Australian Open; about that, about politics and my thoughts on Australian flora, fauna, history, culture and landscapes — more later. For now, no thoughts to offer other than thanks for staying tuned, and I hope to show you more of Australia — Western Australia, Victoria’s coastline, Melbourne — soon enough.
…oh yeah, and the old Government House (read: governor’s mansion) in Paramatta, inland or upriver from the main part of Sydney Harbor a bit — important for early Australian colonial history because the land there was more fertile and allowed the colonial settlements to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on boatloads of supplies from Britain. Australian colonial/european history is short, even compared to American colonial/european history — this first main residence of the colonial governor was only built around the first decade of the 1800s, I think. Lovely little house, though.