You know you're not in Kansas, or even the United States, when you see New Zealander or Australian city skylines. The picture above is a view from the streets of Melbourne, Australia, and below is my "artsy" (read: slightly out of focus) photo of the most famous building in the country, the Sydney Opera House.
Do you know the wonderful Unsinkable story about Jorn Utzon, the architect who won the Opera House design competition? Utzon was a genius, one of two architects to have his creation named a World Heritage Site within his lifetime. Utzon was brilliant, but not great with details. The competition plans he submitted were just sketches, and he had no idea how he was going to engineer the innovative building design. The result? An extraordinary building that ended up costing "slightly" more than the $7.5 million budget. $102 million, to be exact. Yikes.
There were political conflicts too, and eventually an embattled Utzon resigned. His name wasn't mentioned during the groundbreaking. He soon returned to favor, perhaps because of the huge return Australia made on the investment in this incredible building.
There were many picturesque churches, in both Australia and New Zealand, where settlers brought their religion with them. This simple clapboard church is outside of Bernie, Australia.
In Auckland, NZ, gleaming new city buildings towered behind historic waterfront structures, many of which were part of the shipping industry. Auckland's port supplies agricultural products, such as milk and lamb, still in worldwide demand. The wool industry has declined since the advent of synthetic fabrics, but entrepreneurial folks have turned the warehouses into shopping malls.
I did not take as many photos of interiors, but here is the train station at Duneden, NZ. Duneden was named by Scottish settlers - it means Edinburgh in Gaelic.
Only two more blog posts on my trip Down Under, then back to career building!