29 June 2011

The Sounds of Silence

There are those experiences - large and small, short and long, personal and professional - that stay with you long after they've happened. Simply being at Uluru had that aura of mystery and significance. We, however, took it one step further with the Sounds of Silence dinner.

The evening starts with a glass of champagne and sunset over Uluru - an otherworldly display of reds, oranges, yellows, and purples set against the brilliant Australian Outback.

The contrast of crocodile, emu, and kangaroo canap├ęs with the endless dirt of the "red center" was further reinforced as we moved to a multi-course dinner set outside under the stars.

Wine, beer, crocodile salad, kangaroo fillets, lamb cutlets, and vegetables were all on offer as was a fantastic lecture on the southern hemisphe's stars and constellations. This was topped off by a glass of port, bread and butter pudding, and a look at Saturn (rings and all) through a Massive telescope.

We were sat at a table with a lovely Australian couple and their 16 year old son as well as an equally delightful American family from Ohio. Topics of conversation included American politics, whale watching, and the best fabrics for hiking. To say it was interesting is a serious understatement.

The entire experience passed with the blink of an eye though I'm certain it will linger for years to come. The center of Australia is just magical.

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