An Australia Homecoming, Mixed With Yearning and Trepidation

When “Fortress Australia” sealed its borders, thousands of citizens were stuck abroad. When allowed to return home, a reporter wondered how she would find the country — and how it would find her.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #sydney-australia, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Australia Reopens to International Travelers

For nearly two years, the country projected a harsh message of rigidity and “rules are rules.” Can travelers depend on the chilled-out, welcoming Australia that it says it is now?

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Shark Kills Swimmer in Rare Death Off Sydney Coast

The fatal shark bite occurred on Wednesday near Little Bay. Mayor Dylan Parker of Randwick City, Australia, said, “To lose someone to a shark attack like this is chilling.”

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Australian Man Convicted of Killing Gay American in 1980s

The death of Scott Johnson, a young mathematician who was found at the bottom of a cliff, was initially ruled a suicide. His brother had pressed investigators to re-examine the case.

#hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #johnson-scott-d-1988, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sydney-australia, #white-scott-1988-sydney-australia-murder

Embracing the Swimming Culture After a Move to Australia

In Sydney, something changed. I embraced the uncertainty of the sea, following my children into a culture of volunteer lifesaving.

#australia, #drownings, #oceans-and-seas, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming, #sydney-australia

Australia’s Trash Parrots Invent New Skill in Suburbs

Sydney’s clever and adaptable sulfur-crested cockatoos learn how to pry open garbage bins by watching one another.

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Sydney Outbreak Tied to Delta Variant Grows

Naked sunbathers fleeing deer were among 44 people fined for violating stay-at-home orders.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-south-wales-australia, #sydney-australia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

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A Choreographer in Quarantine (the Kind With a Guard in the Hall)

“Limitations and boundaries have always focused me,” Pam Tanowitz says from Australia. “I like rules, but also like to break them — and quarantine is a rule I can’t break.”

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Momofuku Seiobo, in Sydney, Will Close in June

Opened by David Chang in 2011, the restaurant served Caribbean-inspired food from the chef Paul Carmichael.

#momofuku-seiobo-sydney-australia-restaurant, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #sydney-australia

New Year’s Eve 2020: How to Celebrate

The year that seemed to drag on forever is finally coming to an end.

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Manny Ramirez, 48, Brings His Bat to the Sydney Blue Sox

The Sydney Blue Sox were stunned that Manny Ramirez, 48, wanted to join the Australian Baseball League. They’re counting on the former superstar to raise baseball’s profile in the country.

#australia, #australian-baseball-league, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #ramirez-manny, #sydney-australia, #sydney-blue-sox

Welcome Home! Now Go Straight to Quarantine (or Not)

Some cities put international travelers under strict observation for signs of coronavirus infection. Others barely notice when they land. Dispatches from seven arrival halls.

#airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #london-england, #masks, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

Saying Goodbye to Australia

With an upcoming departure from Sydney, one Australian reporter reflects on the experience of home and the country’s culture of simple pleasures.

#australia, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #sydney-australia

Taking a Spear Into the Sea, and Washing Anxiety Away

I kept seeing people in Sydney carry spearguns to and from the ocean. To understand why, I held my breath and dived in.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fishing-sport, #oceans-and-seas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spearfishing, #sydney-australia

The Return of the Platypuses

Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.

#animals, #canberra-australia, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #platypus, #sydney-australia, #wildfires, #your-feed-science, #zoos

Australian Police Arrest Suspect in Killing of Scott Johnson, a Gay American

The killing of Scott Johnson drew attention to a rash of crimes in past decades in which gay men were targeted by gangs of young people.

#assaults, #australia, #hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #johnson-scott-d-1988, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-south-wales-australia, #sydney-australia

In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear.

Five weeks into Australia’s coronavirus lockdown, the sound that bursts forth each afternoon of kids shouting, dogs barking and couples arguing is welcome relief from the quiet of isolation.

#australia, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #parenting, #sydney-australia