Australia, and The Mountains That Breathe Blue

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22 Responses

  1. Bharat Taxi says:

    Nice post, Thank you for sharing valuable information. I enjoyed reading this post.

  2. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    I too always used to have this question, about whether one liked the sea more or the mountains. Only after traveling to both mountains and seas across the world did I realize that each is beautiful in its own right. Talking about mountains, here in India too we have the Nilgiris or blue mountains in Hindi. As you have written they too appear blue from a distance and I understand most mountains do appear blue because of the Rayleigh effect.

  3. this is a beautiful article and the poetry in it seriously touched me. I can relate to your experience in many ways, even though I have – unfortunately – never been to Australia. I did see the Milky Way once though and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I could not even see the purple! I am living in Paris, the City of lights… you can hardly see any stars here at all! Thats what I am used to… seeing the Milky Way… unbelievable!

    • Teja says:

      That’s right! That’s the downside of being in the city, no more night sky worth mentioning!

  4. Rosemary says:

    Love this reflective post and your comparison between the environment and your sentiments. I’ve been thinking a lot about your reference recently between “tourists” and “travelers” and there is indeed a big distinction….the tourist is a “customer” waiting for a certain experience!!! On a separate note, I’d love to check out the blue mountains…spectacular indeed!!!

    • Teja says:

      I guess being both a writer and an environmental scientist inevitably makes me draw parallels between human behaviour and animal analogues. :p I find it helps me understand and accept differences better.

  5. Tais says:

    Australia is sure a beautiful place, if one day I manage to go there I would be lost trying to decide what I want to experience and see.. but definitely the Blue Mountains made its way to my heart!

  6. Chloe says:

    I’m going to Australia this October so I’m putting the blue mountains and echo point on my list! Is echo point in the blue mountains? Looks so beautiful!

    • Teja says:

      Yes it is. It’s in Katoomba, which is only a small town – or perhaps village, really. Just follow all the people going there to take pics with the Three Sisters in the background! We stayed in a motel in Katoomba for the weekend.

  7. Jewels says:

    Lovely post! Australia is a dream location of mine. Thanks for the comprehensive overview.

  8. Olena Kagui says:

    Great article :) I loved your descriptions of the things you saw but also your reflection of yourself. Also, thank you very much for not stepping on slugs! I used to be a snail mom, haha. I’ll be going to Australia in the next year and I never really thought about how hard it is to see anything. I may have to re-think how long I’ll be staying. Thanks for sharing!

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, until I finish writing about that period of my life, my articles are going to sound a bit pensive and reflective. But that’s also part of being a traveller, right?
      A snail mom? My mom’s a gardener, garden snails are her enemies. But I take it you mean the opposite affection :D

  9. Robyn says:

    I’m currently based in Melbourne but going to travel around Australia soon so this post was really helpful. The blue mountains are for sure on my list! I’m gonna bookmark this page for later use!

  10. Becky Angell says:

    I only ever did a day trip to the Blue Mountains but love the idea of seeing the microbats so think I might have to return one day :)

  11. Megan says:

    Wow! These mountains look so cool! And I love what you said about Australia being so big you couldn’t see it all… I totally get that!

  12. Sounds like you had a fabulous star-gazing experience. Blue is also my favourite colour, so I am sure I would love the Blue Mountains – they do sound very blue!

    • Teja says:

      That friend of mine complained I ruined it with science now lol. But I did keep up the eucalyptus mystique!

  13. neha says:

    I liked the insight you provide in this post about how different people have different travel style. And how they can perceive the same destination differently. I also like the blue mountain and the echo point. I do want to visit australia at some point. Will remember your post

    • Teja says:

      I wandered around Sydney and Manly quite a bit, even dived it some – and I wish I could describe it better but the part of my life at the time leaves mostly a kind of foggy memory I’m afraid. I will try at some point later!

      But if you dive, there’s a neat shore dive spot near Manly called Shelly Beach (and a dive centre in Manly), totally do the Bondi-Coogee walk (the geology along the way is amazing), there’s curio shopping on The Rocks (I came back with a steampunk opal/clockwork necklace, several cool buttons, and hipster cat hairpins lol).

  14. Australia look breathtaking, Teja! I love the mountain view!