Monday, September 17, 2018

POTD: A Town Like Alice

From 2018 03 21 Alice Springs

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. The distance from my home to Alice Springs is 9,300 miles. It's a little farther to Jakarta, Indonesia, and farther still to Perth, Australia, but that's about it. South Africa, India, China, even Antarctica are not as far away. Besides actually being so far away, Alice Springs also seems so far away because it's so isolated even from other Australian cities. If you want to get away from it all, it would be hard to find a better place than Alice Springs.

The headline, "A Town Like Alice," is a reference to the 1950 novel by Nevil Shute, in which there's an even more remote place than Alice Springs, namely a small outback community that the book's heroine, caught in the horrors of WWII in Malaya, dreams of nurturing to turn it into "a town like Alice." It's a romance novel, but I recommend it as a useful learning tool about WWII in that part of the world and life in the Australia outback in that era. Summer's coming (in the Southern Hemisphere anyway). Good beach reading.

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