See Penguins for Free

If you are looking for a place to see penguins in Melbourne and you don’t have time to head out to Phillip Island, I highly recommend visiting St.Kilda beach in the evening.  Just as the sun was setting, the penguins were swimming back to the pier after their day of fishing.  Fortunately, these penguins come out every night in Melbourne, so you should be able to see them no matter what time of year you are there.

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You’ll see this sign as you approach the pier along with more signage to give you more history on St.Kilda beach.
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Everyone waiting patiently for the penguins to swim back to their home along the pier.
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Beautiful view as we watch the sun set.
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After the sunsets, the penguins run across from one breakwater to the next.  The Environmental staff along the pier enforce that visitor keep their camera flash off as it is harmful for the penguins.  For the safety of the penguins moving along their territory, the staff will shine a red light that will not frighten the penguins and also help us humans get out of their way.

 

Travel to a Zone That is Outside of Your Norm

Travel to a place that is full of surprise for you.  Shock others by stepping out of your comfortable surroundings. I speak to you the White American that visits only places where others speak the same language as you.  I speak to you all the races and cultures that are residing outside of their native land and when you travel, you only travel to your native land.  This message is for you.

I am so grateful for my travel adventures and every time I am in a new place, I take a moment to try to connect with a local.  For me, it’s about getting a sense of perspective and renewing my mind.  I have my own bias and have to let go and learn.

Stretch yourself to step outside of your norm. Today, you don’t have to travel to another country to experience culture.  Travel a few feet within your office and get to know someone who is from Asia, Oceania, Africa, or South America.  Have conversations with people who are a different race than you.  If your workplace is diverse, you must use the opportunity to connect with others.  Your perspective on things is not the only perspective.  Learn about someone else’s perspective to broaden your own mind and begin to think more globally.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, peace be with you.

 

 

 

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