This is a series of three delightful encounters from my trip to the United States in 2014.
Scene: On a bus tour with some American women from Hawaii one of whom starts a conversation with me about her trip to Australia.
I’ve been to Australia.
Oh. Where did you go?
Um, now let me see. I can’t seem to remember the name of the place.
Whereabouts in Australia was it?
(Crossly) Oh you know. The main part.
Um. (Thinking. Thinking. ) Do you mean Sydney?
Yes. That was it.
It was really nice and we went to a garden where they had koala bears.
(Thinking really hard now.) A garden? Was it the zoo?
Yes. That was it. And it had a funny name.
Taronga Park Zoo?
Yes. That was it. Aren’t you clever!