Tuesday, February 19, 2013

day 2 of my australia trip

I woke up early because I'm still getting used to the time difference. For breakfast I ate some cold cereal, because you know how I love cold cereal, and they were crazy Australian kinds, so of course I had to try them. One of them was like Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats mixed, one of them was thick foamy flakes, and one of them was like eating Koalas--like big Cap'n Crunch pockets filled with chocolate. Silly Australians. It was still rainy outside, so we decided to go to the Australian Museum rather than the beach.

We rode the bus into the city, and walked the rest of the way to the museum. On our way we walked through the Queen Victoria Building, which is a big indoor mall in a huge old building with copper rotundas and elaborate stone work. The stores there are very fancy and expensive.  I took a picture of the tile floor because I am crazy about old-timey tile floors.  

We also walked through Hyde Park, which is a parkish space with lots of great big trees.  At the museum we saw lots of skeletons of different animals, and dioramas with taxidermied animals. The blue-ringed octopus is so tiny, as are a lot of the dangerous animals here. There is a jellyfish that causes painful stings and hospitalizations every year that is about as big as a peppercorn. We learned that the bluebottle is not actually a jellyfish, it is a community of organisms called a zooid, each of which performs a specific function, such as digestion, flotation, or stinging. There was a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that I think was the hugest one I've seen in any museum ever. They have a big room full of beautiful minerals, a room full of taxidermied birds and preserved insects, and there is a stuffed artist's rendering of the Thylacine/Tasmanian tiger, which looks like a great bit doggish thing with striped hindquarters. Very interesting place.  


beckster said...

I love those old tile floors, too. Such craftsmanship! Those tiny, yet potentially fatal, animals are fascinating. How do you avoid what you can't see? I would not be brave enough to go into Australian waters, I don't think. Keep going, Layne.