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03 Apr 2009

Darwin, Australia; Cruise Day 67

Before I tell you about our day, I must give you some Darwin information. It is on the very top of Australia, about in the center. Although it only has a population of about 120,000, it is the capital of the Northern Territories. Even that makes it a huge city in this area.
 
Darwin gets about 650 inches of rain annually, about 85% between November and March. I’m from Seattle. People think it rains there a lot, but we get about 37 inches a year. I have also heard lightning storms here are gorgeous. I guess those will have to wait for another trip.
 
The city is modern, as it was wiped out by the Japanese during WW II. It was then rebuilt, and wiped out again by a cyclone in the mid 70s. They have tough building codes now, and lots of new buildings.
 
So, moving along, we were here a year ago, and did much of the normal tourist stuff. This time, we decided to spend the day alone at the beach.
 
We found a lovely beach. The problem was, nobody told us the water was unsafe, because of potential lethal stings by jellyfish. As such, we enjoyed the peaceful sand for a while, and then called it quits.

We had lunch in town at Hog’s Breath Café, a local Australian institution (not unlike Lonestar or Outback).
 
Then it was back to the ship, and goodbye Australia. It’s been nice.