Am 22.7.2002 war ich
zu Gast beim oertlichen Verein von Rotary
International in Katoomba. Im Vorfeld wurde ich gebeten, eine kleine Rede
zu einem Thema meiner Wahl zu halten, die ihr hier lessen koennt.
Good evening Ladies and
It is a real pleasure for me
being with you tonight, I appreciate that.
I have made so many good
experiences so far of which I want to tell you some.
First you have a unique
vegetation in Australia with eucalyptus trees for example and famous landmarks
like Ayers Rock which is really worth to be seen. When I was on a four weeks
holiday I adopted a koala at koala hospital on the East Coast because they are
so cute animals and helpless when bushfire is coming around them or they are
hit by a vehicle. I really appreciate the work of the volunteers in those
hospitals! And I had fun watching some kangaroos in the wilderness beside the
road. Once in a caravan park of Katherine there were lots of them jumping
around after sunset. I was amazed when someone told me that kangaroo meat has
not been popular for a long time because we European think that you often eat
kangoroo. When we stopped in Mount Gambier on our travel we visited the popular
sinkhole where we fed some possums at night. It was a real experience for me.
Second I have had many good
experiences in my job becoming a lawyer because there are common ideas in both
legal systems. When I had my first visit of Penrith Local Court it was
confusing what people were talking about but sometimes I could understand
because of my legal background.
Third and at last I have had many
good meetings with people who had an open mind and were interested in strangers
like me from Germany. What I really appreciate is that Australians are so easy
to handle with. It was one Saturday when I was sitting in a restaurant to have
dinner. I looked around and to the other people on the next tables waiting for
my meal. After a while one of two woman from nextdoor approached my table and
asked me if I am on my own. When I replied yes she invited me to join their
table for dinner and we had very interesting conversations. Unfortunately in
Germany such a thing would never happen. I could give you lots of more examples
like this but time is runnig out.