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I was an exchange student from the US to Australia in 1978. It is my understanding that Australia is approximately 200 square miles smaller than the continental United States.
So I am pretty sure that ya’ll forgot that we own Alaska as well.
Australia claim Ashmore and Cartier Islands ,Christmas Island ,Cocos (Keeling) Islands ,Coral Sea Islands ,Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands ,Macquarie Island ,Norfolk Island and 6.1 million sq km of Antarctica. So stick that up your arse.
A simple google of ‘who owns the Antarctic?’answers your question, no need to be insulting…especially considering you’re spouting a half truth!! Australia is one of SEVEN nations claiming the Antarctic! More important, there is a treaty in place that 12 nations have agreed to follow regarding everything from future claims to scientific work. Stick that in your brain pan.
I don’t care who claims what… I just hope I can see Australia before I die. I’ve been fascinated for years, and two of my favorite movies are “Rabbit Proof Fence” – the special features in the DVD are specfuc*ingTACULAR, and the movie “Australia” I thought was really awesome in it’s own right. *sigh* Still waiting to hit the lottery or something so I can find my way there.
I am an Australian on 12 month work exchange to the US and can attest both countries are amazing. Size is irrelevant. I love the US and havig visited 27 states in the 12 months have still only scratched the surface. Maureen, I hope you get over to Aus as it is also just as brilliant.
Thanks for the email, Stu. I’m still trying to hit a lottery for my trip! Seriously, I’m still wanting to get to AUS. Where have you been in the US? What have you liked the best? And the worst? They are two truly amazing countries, that’s for sure. I hope to hear from you and your thoughts about the US.
Check out my wife’s blog http://jennifercumming.blogspot.com/
Based in Colorado for the exchange, had never seen snow before, now I’m addicted to snowboarding. I love it. And 3 of my boys have taken it up also. Best. God where to start. Mountains would have to be it. On the weekend I climbed a 14′er which is twice the night of Aus tallest peak. There is so much to do i dont know how i could keep my current pace up if I lived here full time. You don’t need to win the lottery, just do it. I am from just south of Perth on the west coast. We have been all over the US basically did a lap over the summer break.
Just awesome, thanks again for the update. I love the fact that you haven’t seen snow AND you’re enjoying it, too boot. LOL. Colo is probably one of the most beautiful places here in the US. I have been to Utah (I’m currently in Pennsylvania) and after I left Utah, I REALLY missed seeing the mountains. Please keep me posted on your whereabouts. It’s so refreshing to see/hear it from someone else’s eyes.
Hey Stu, I just checked out the blog per your first post, and it’s amazing. You guys (mates) must be having an awesome time there in Colo. What a great way to spend 12 months… If you get any time to anywhere else, I highly recommend going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, or the Florida Keys (any of them, but Key West is pretty cool). There both diametrically opposed to where you are, but equally impressive as to what they offer. They’re both, what I think if you have a chance to see, you should. Have a great rest of your journey, and make the most of it. Keep me posted! (Please….)
Stuart, I checked out your wife’s blog as well. I got a good laugh at her description of American football or “gridiron” as it is called in Australia. Yes it can seem boring for those not used to watching it, but like I have told people before watching chess it not exciting either unless you understand what is going on. That is basically what American football is chess due to the strategy being played out by the coaches with short bursts of physical action by incredibly skilled athletes to execute the strategy.
Anyway I am glad you and your family are having a great time in Colorado while on exchange. I am also impressed by how much of the USA to include Canada you have been able to see during your year here. I hope you continue to enjoy the rest of your time here in Colorado.
To you who want to brag about who’s bigger…. who cares!
USA, 9,826,675km2…, Aust, 7,692,024km2.
But I’d still rather live here in Australia.
But then, I’m Bias!
I’ve travelled the USA and Australia, both countries are Beautiful, Fun and Exciting!
Before you judge each others countries… travel and enjoy.
I didn’t ask that to brag… I really didn’t know just how big AUS is. Believe me, I’d be on my way there right now if I could. I’d love to tour all of AUS.
You don’t own Alaska. Alaska is part of the US. You never say we own Colorado. A better competition is: We killed more people than you to claim the lands we own.
Australia and the US have been best of friends for many years. They have taken part in all of our conflicts around the world. As far as size goes, The US is bigger, but both countries are pretty large and diverse. Australia has the Kangaroo and koala bear and of course great weather to swim and surf. I can’t wait to visit Austrialia.
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