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Darwin, Australia

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If Darwin were a person he would be the kind of person who would invite you over for a beach side barbecue only to forget you were coming and look surprised when you show up, but then manage to show you a great time anyway with the bounty he had in his fridge.

Aside from the beaches, which you can't swim off for fear of the box jellyfish, the beer, barbecues and a laid back lifestyle that almost needs s few volts with a defibrillator, Darwin has been decimated by a cyclone and come closer to being bombed than any Australian city – so it does have some edge. Just edges hidden by the soft fronds of bougainvillea and frangipani.

Darwin sprawls in the humidity, yet all the buildings have common cold inducing air conditioning – and the atmosphere is relaxed despite the rather frightening collection of critters who live just beyond the city – the crocodiles, box jellyfish and poisonous snakes and spiders living just off the coast and down the highway on the way to Kakadu.

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“Darwin: The Crocs, The Heat, The Attitude”

“Watch out for crocs,” was the advice of a friend ringing in my ears as I slipped off the steps and onto the rocky beach in Darwin, Australia. I knew better than to swim in the ocean (rife with box jellyfish, salt-water crocodiles, and other … Read more...

Written by  Nora Dunn. More of Nora's impressions of Darwin on her blog: The Professional

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