In the last few years I have written and have had published some 33 small 16 page bilingual books about Australian and Tibetan animals. They are printed in Australia and are available in English with the following 11 languages translated to create bilingual books. A
Monday, May 13, 2019
In April we joined Crystal Symphony in Sydney to travel up Australia's east coast via Cairns, Darwin then to Indonesia's Komodo Island to visit the endangered Komodo Dragons. This is also a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. We went ashore in the ship's tender and hiked into the bush. We noticed wild deer and boar nearby which are the dragon's prey. The guides only had long sticks to protect us??? No fences etc. We came upon 5-6 large dragons near a waterhole and we were told to keep our distance as they are dangerous ambush predators. Well, no excitement here, as they lay around and slept or occasionally moved or looked up. Still it was on our bucket list - tick! Stunning coastal scenery in the area.
This has been an exciting year with our travels on Crystal Cruises. I was giving lectures on both cruises, One from Santiago, Chile to Easter Island, Pitcairn Island and on to 5 French Polynesian Islands in March. The Moai on Easter Island were fascinating and we felt they deserve the UNESCO World heritage listing. A remnant of the culture of the Polynesian Rapa Nui.