We docked in Darwin this morning, the Capital of the Australian Northern Territory, in a downpour of rain. We wish we could take some of this rain home with us - we need it! Darwin was originally named "Port Darwin" after Charles Darwin by John Lort Stokes, captain of the HMS Beagle when the ship arrived here in 1839. Charles Darwin was Stokes' former shipmate. We are now closer to Bali than we are to Sydney, and closer to Singapore than we are to Melbourne. It's no surprize that Darwin looks outward to Asia as much as it looks inland to the rest of Australia. It is very humid here and we are getting a small taste of what our weather will be like as we cruise north to Bali and to Singapore. Captain Chiesa tells us that we will be leaving the rain in Australia with bright sunny days ahead.
Australia's Aborigines (pictured above) once lived a nomadic life as hunters and gatherers. Their culture has been retained through song and dance and their art and body paintings are a reflection of the earth, the plants and animals which surround them. We saw examples of this indigenous culture today in Darwin where there is a large population of Aborigines. It was a great day as we dodged the rain and now prepare for our 2 day sail to Bali! We so much look forward to our days at sea!