Friday, December 13, 2013

They're Bigger in Australia

Last night, as I was sitting in my hotel room, I noticed what appeared to be a bird fly into the room. Closer inspection revealed it to be a 4-inch-long flying cockroach. In Australia, the roaches are bigger and they fly, which brings me to yet another bus/bug story.

It seems that my most interesting stories about Sydney have occurred while I've been on public transport. (Traffic congestion in Sydney is terrible, and bus rides through the city take a long time.) Yesterday, as I was riding back from central Sydney, I felt the person behind me brush my shoulder. As I turned around, the passenger informed me that she had brushed off what appeared to be a poisonous spider. It was dark, sinister, and about the size of a US nickle. Then the two fellows across the aisle remarked,

Australian Copperhead
Hiding in the Marsh
"We haven't seen one of those in a long while. You were lucky. Those are poisonous."
At that point, the reality of Australia's deadly creatures finally sank in. In Tasmania, I came across a black copperhead, one of Tasmania's three venomous snakes, and here in New South Wales, I was nearly the victim of spider. At least the roaches are harmless. 

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