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Today, this part of Australia is celebrating a cruel, antiquated ‘sport’ with a public holiday called Melbourne Cup. I will forever connect this day with a strange experience of learning about Australian culture.

On this day seventeen years ago, I had just arrived in the northern city of Darwin, after driving my dilapidated backpacker van across the Australian desert. Having seen more roadkill than human beings for almost a month, this town made a somewhat odd impression on me when I arrived: people in suits and funny hats were spilling out of pubs onto the streets on a Tuesday afternoon. I eventually dared to approach a clearly intoxicated guy drinking beer out of a plastic cup to enquire what on earth is going on in this town. He said, “It’s cup day, mate!” and raised his cup.

It took me months to figure out that people in Darwin were in fact celebrating a horse race that was happening in Melbourne and not a plastic beverage container that contained alcohol. (Although seeing so many drunk people stumbling around town on Melbourne Cup day every year, I’m now not too sure anymore.)

Straya! – Kai

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