Congratulations to Doug Jacquier for this fabulous story about a teacher’s first adventures in Broome, Western Australia.
Broome, also known as Rubibi by the Yawuru people, is a coastal, pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 1,681 km (1,045 mi) north of Perth. The urban population was 14,445 in June 2018 growing to over 45,000 per month during the peak tourist season (June to August). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broome,_Western_Australia
As you fly in to Broome in the dry season, there is a distinct line between the red pindan desert and the violent green of the tropical vegetation and then another one between the green and the cobalt blue of the sea. It never fails to draw gasps from tourist passengers and then again as the plane descends, seeming inevitably about to clip the top of the screen of the open-air picture theatre and then bump onto the tarmac.
However, during the wet season, the contrasts are more muted and the leaden grey sky sucks the blue out of the ocean. As I descend the plane steps, my clothes instantly turn into a clingy limpness in the humidity. I recognise the principal, David Jessop, from my initial interview in Perth a few weeks ago, waving through the bars of what seems to be a tropical prison. As I wait for…
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