I traveled from Taiwan to the south eastern part of Australia, to a city called Traralgon as you can see in the map below:
Mrs. Joyce picked me up from the Post Office building, which is a local landmark, that was built in 1886! You can see the picture below:
After picking me up form the Post Office, Mrs Joyce introduced me to her 4th grade class, and the kids told me they were excited and honored to host me in Australia.
Mrs Joyce told her students that I was a real precious gift in writing that transcends the message of global connections, world peace and humanity.
With my arrival in the classroom, students reflected on their magical moment, and sense of enthusiasm and engagement filled the classroom.
I learned several interesting facts about Australia:
- The largest cities in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
- A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land.
- The name ‘Australia’ comes from the Latin word ‘australis’, meaning southern.
- It is estimated that humans have lived in Australia for around 45000 years.
- The indigenous people of Australia are Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
- The highest mountain on mainland Australia is Mt Kosciuszko, standing 2228m (7310ft) above sea level.
- The world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is found off the north-eastern coast of Australia.
- Australia has a range of different landscapes, including urban areas, mountain ranges, deserts and rain forests.
- Australia is home to a variety of unique animals, including the koala, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra and platypus.
I got to meet other students and teachers from other classrooms, and the funnest part of all was playing outside with the kids and seeing other parts of the school.
I had a great time in Australia, and now I’m off to Greece. See you all later, I have a plane to catch.