Friday, August 29, 2008
Honeymoon, Part Three: P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney
So the Sydney Aquarium, aside from comnipresent tie-ins to Disney's Fnding Nemo wherever and whenever possible, is really, really cool. It has the reputation of being one of the best aquariums in the world, and it earns it. We literally could have stayed in the shark exhibit for hours.
It was mesmerizing, actually.
We had to keep moving, partly because we wanted to get to Wildlife World next door with its koalas and wallabies. Also, we were befuddled and thought it was actually an hour later than it was. This became a recurring theme.
This doesn't really "count" since it was shot in captivity, but I like it.
We had a really interesting conversation with the indigenous education officer providing commentary for the Red Centre habitat. His name tag featured his aboriginal name, Jinabinya, or Sea Bird, but he asked us to call him Leon. He's an aspiring actor, and he was very keen to tell about his new movie, "an aboriginal version of Cheech and Chong." Huh. Also, he plays the didgeridoo.
Hey, actors gotta eat, too. Still, there was something just a little.... uncomfortable... about this person who was.... almost... an integrated part of the exhibit, kind of? He was very talented and knowledgable, and he was mostly there to keep schoolkids on field trips from throwing candy at the kangaroos. Still, the fetishization of aboriginal people for the tourist gaze was not lost on me. This, too, would be a recurring theme through the trip, which I'll get back to in a future entry. (SPOILER: The miner who helped created my engagement and wedding rings is a Big, Unrepentant Racist. Awesome!)
Meanwhile, a helpful butterfly shows Joel how to get to the pier where we needed to board a boat for our Sunset Dinner Cruise.
Joel takes a picture of a butterfly landing on my camera where I'm looking at a preview of the above picture of him with a butterfly. How very meta. You can see more photos (koalas! wallabies!) from the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World here.