Melbourne, Australia

The Football the Australians Rule

aboriginal fan
An Aboriginal supporter of the Collingwood (Magpies) team follows the emotions of the match. There are several Aboriginal players serving different Australian AFL teams.
Collingwood in the field
Collingwood players take the field for the start of the long AFL match.
Entry into MCG
The opposing teams from Essendon and Collingwood enter the gigantic arena at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
dispute lit
Players from Essendon and Collingwood fight for a lost ball.
In midair
Essendon and Collingwood players jump to win an aerial ball.
air dispute
Opponents prepare to try to capture a ball thrown into the air by the referee of the match.
runaway ball
Players vie for a stray ball on the ground.
Essendon fans support your team's entry.
back to the pitch
Spectator returns a kicked ball to the MCG stadium stand.
together in victory
Essendon players return to the changing rooms after their victory against Collingwood.
Collingwood player kicks the ball to his team's attacking front.
In the dark
A moment of darkness at Melbourne's MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) stadium, one of the biggest in Australia, originally erected to host cricket matches but now also used for AFL matches
Australian football
Players compete for a move at the four posts that award points in the newly created AFL football.
Electronic whiteboard informs the best markers.
The Great MCG
Panoramic view of the huge MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Although played since 1841, Australian Football has only conquered part of the big island. Internationalization has never gone beyond paper, held back by competition from rugby and classical football.

For a time, life went on for Tim Reynolds. The change of New Zealand for Victoria's state it was smoother than I thought. And, in a flash, the newcomer found a job, started a family, and began to adapt to Australian ways.

But Tim never managed to get rid of his pompous and overly institutional posture. The sentences always came out too leisurely and haughty, and his expressions of spontaneity came months apart, glimpses of a corrupt and long-lost youth.

One of the inevitable consequences was divorce and the complete breakdown of the home that had long threatened to collapse. Nick, his youngest son, had decided to stay with him and not his mother. The choice, self-serving, quickly confirmed the descendant's total contempt. And an assumed indifference that only deepened his father's hurt and emptiness.

That's how we know him. Desperate and looking for a new existence. Travel had proved a delightful escape, but his well-paying job – A$ 1500 a week as a guard in Melbourne court – forbade major evasion.

Tim Reynolds' Generous Welcome

Not being able to go to the mountain, Tim had to draw the mountain to himself. And the solution he arrived at was to become a host of foreigners visiting South Australia, something that quickly became an obsession, to the point of assuming online the desire to welcome people from all over the world.

In addition to telling his guests about his wanderings around the planet, Tim enjoyed unraveling exquisite encyclopedic knowledge. Aware that we come from a country adept at sporting kings, he can't resist reporting the old feats of Eusébio and wins us 10 dollars in a bet on the number of world titles in Uruguay.

Afterwards, he goes on to boast the superior qualities of rugby and, to our absolute surprise, an unknown sport of which he became an unconditional supporter after arriving from the New Zealand, Australian Football.

The transmissions of the challenges of the downunder These modalities helped him pass the time, especially while the travelers he received were away to discover Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road's natural sumptuousness.

Essendon vs Collingwood. Derbi at the gigantic Melbourne Cricket Ground

From time to time, Tim even made a point of watching a game sitting in the stadium. Our curiosity about the sport, which we hadn't even heard of, emerged as the pretext he needed to repeat it.

“Hurry up, I don't want to miss the beginning of the game, he alerts as we wolf down the last of the chips in the little house of faith.ish & chips of Caulfield." Infected by her pent-up excitement, we began to feel some frenzy.

Field entry, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, AustraliaThe opposing teams from Essendon and Collingwood enter the gigantic arena at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

We drive from the far outskirts to the center of Melbourne and arrive at the stadium late. We bought the tickets, went in and sat down still excited, with the game already in progress.

But the euphoria quickly wears off as the teams from Collingwood and Essendon battle the tiny stretched spheroid, tiny in the immensity of Etihad Stadium. We confirm the suspicion that, for any fanatic of the sporting king, that eccentric game too quickly proves soporific.

Public, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, Australia

Panoramic view of the huge MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Unexpected Complexity of Australian Football

We have 36 players on the field, plus a series of referees.

As if that wasn't enough, the oval pitch – which seems bigger than some countries – is invaded all the time by secondary players from the teams whose functions for us are enigmatic and reveals itself as a stage of chaos that the frequent substitutions and interruptions reinforce.

It is also difficult for us to appreciate the frequency with which the ball is kicked – or, worse, thrown by clenched fists – through the air or slammed into the ground, only to be disputed by opponents who jump with their arms outstretched to the sky.

Player Collingwood, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, AustraliaCollingwood player kicks the ball to his team's attacking front.

These alleged flaws are, however, unique qualities for incorruptible fans of the state of Victoria and elsewhere in Australia. On a day of the Grand Final of the AFL (Australian Football League), the biggest stadium in the country, the MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground – undergoes an adaptation to the rival modality and can host almost one hundred thousand fans.

Accordingly, in 2008, the average attendance of the championship was around 39.000 spectators, in an annual total of seven million distributed by one hundred and seventy-six matches.

The Growing Popularity of Newborn Australian Football

Despite these convincing numbers, Australian football is still a hot topic among Australians. Sport has prevailed in Melbourne (where he was born) and the inhabited rest of southern Australia. It gains ground in other states where the national association has been injecting money to make it a true national phenomenon.

But its increasingly commercial popularity collides with that of rugby and cricket. Although official records count 130.000 adult players and around 2.600 teams, so far, the footy only convinced about half the population of the big island.

Interestingly, many Aborigines are inveterate fans, contributed by the fact that some of their communities have famous practitioners in various clubs.

Supporter, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, AustraliaAn Aboriginal supporter of the Collingwood (Magpies) team follows the emotions of the match. There are several Aboriginal players serving different Australian AFL teams.

Outside Australia, there are reportedly 30 countries that practice it, with the greatest significance in neighboring Papua New Guinea and New Zealand but also in the South Africa, our United States and even a little in Europe.

The Many Variants of Australian Football

At the same time, Rules gave rise to a series of modalities adapted with rules that allow different physical contacts. These were the cases of Kick-to-Kick, End-to-End Footy, Markers Up, AusKick, Rec Footy, 9-a-Side Footy and Masters Australian Footy.

Air Contest, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, AustraliaEssendon and Collingwood players jump to win an aerial ball.

When faced with the absence of dedicated fields, Australian players living abroad created as many local versions as possible. These were the cases of Metro Footy and the Samoa Rules.

In 1956, Rules was practiced as an exhibition sport in the Melbourne Summer Olympics. Later, from 1967, several matches took place between Australian and Gaelic (mainly Irish) clubs.

In 1998, the International Rules Series took place, a competition between the two respective teams that would be suspended, in 2007, due to the excessive violence of the Australian team in the previous year.

The exaggeration of ozzies it even forced the laws of the game to be changed to safeguard the player in possession of the ball. The following year, that protection seemed assured and minimal testing was resumed in Australia.

Run, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, Australia

Players vie for a stray ball on the ground.

Tim is just one of many more recent supporters but defends the “Rules” with the force of a crowd: “You Europeans are eternal addicts to this sport of barbarians…” he snipes without ever losing his composure. “Here, we are always evolving.”

Melbourne Derbi Possible Records

We end up confirming it when we are victims of the marketing that the modality was involved in. Upon entering the stadium, careless security guards had let us through with cameras and professional lenses. But, we had already registered the game for half an hour when a steward coming out of nowhere prohibits us from shooting because of commercial restrictions of the home team.

Cheerleading, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, AustraliaEssendon fans support your team's entry.

Tim indulges us and we take refuge from supervision in the secluded confines of the third ring. From there, we stole some extra footage but distanced ourselves even further from the action and short relationship with sport.

After the final whistle, the Essendon Bombers get the better of Collingwood's Listed Magpies. The host returns home excited and we with our curiosity satisfied but not convinced.

Essendon, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules football, Melbourne, AustraliaEssendon players return to the changing rooms after their victory against Collingwood.

Australians created Rules and dare to call football a sport in which, almost a century later, all players still play with their hands. For any serious football fan, the punishment is obvious: let them play it.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Ocean Out, along the Great Australian South

One of the favorite escapes of the Australian state of Victoria, via B100 unveils a sublime coastline that the ocean has shaped. We only needed a few kilometers to understand why it was named The Great Ocean Road.
Melbourne, Australia

An "Asienated" Australia

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Sydney, Australia

From the Exile of Criminals to an Exemplary City

The first of the Australian colonies was built by exiled inmates. Today, Sydney's Aussies boast former convicts of their family tree and pride themselves on the cosmopolitan prosperity of the megalopolis they inhabit.
Busselton, Australia

2000 meters in Aussie Style

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Man: an Ever Tested Species

It's in our genes. For the pleasure of participating, for titles, honor or money, competitions give meaning to the world. Some are more eccentric than others.
Perth, Australia

the lonely city

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When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines

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Perth to Albany, Australia

Across the Far West of Australia

Few people worship evasion like the aussies. With southern summer in full swing and the weekend just around the corner, Perthians are taking refuge from the urban routine in the nation's southwest corner. For our part, without compromise, we explore endless Western Australia to its southern limit.
Atherton Tableland, Australia

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Discovering tassie, Part 3, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania from Top to Bottom

The favorite victim of Australian anecdotes has long been the Tasmania never lost the pride in the way aussie ruder to be. Tassie remains shrouded in mystery and mysticism in a kind of hindquarters of the antipodes. In this article, we narrate the peculiar route from Hobart, the capital located in the unlikely south of the island to the north coast, the turn to the Australian continent.
Discovering tassie, Part 1 - Hobart, Australia

Australia's Backdoor

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and the southernmost of Australia, was colonized by thousands of convicts from England. Unsurprisingly, its population maintains a strong admiration for marginal ways of life.
Alice Springs to Darwin, Australia

Stuart Road, on its way to Australia's Top End

Do Red Center to the tropical Top End, the Stuart Highway road travels more than 1.500km lonely through Australia. Along this route, the Northern Territory radically changes its look but remains faithful to its rugged soul.
Cairns to Cape Tribulation, Australia

Tropical Queensland: An Australia Too Wild

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Perth, Australia

The Oceania Cowboys

Texas is on the other side of the world, but there is no shortage of cowboys in the country of koalas and kangaroos. Outback rodeos recreate the original version and 8 seconds lasts no less in the Australian Western.
Perth, Australia

Australia Day: In Honor of the Foundation, Mourning for Invasion

26/1 is a controversial date in Australia. While British settlers celebrate it with barbecues and lots of beer, Aborigines celebrate the fact that they haven't been completely wiped out.
Red Center, Australia

Australia's Broken Heart

The Red Center is home to some of Australia's must-see natural landmarks. We are impressed by the grandeur of the scenarios but also by the renewed incompatibility of its two civilizations.
Wycliffe Wells, Australia

Wycliffe Wells' Unsecret Files

Locals, UFO experts and visitors have been witnessing sightings around Wycliffe Wells for decades. Here, Roswell has never been an example and every new phenomenon is communicated to the world.
Cairns-Kuranda, Australia

Train to the Middle of the Jungle

Built out of Cairns to save miners isolated in the rainforest from starvation by flooding, the Kuranda Railway eventually became the livelihood of hundreds of alternative Aussies.
Discovering Tassie, Part 2 - Hobart to Port Arthur, Australia

An Island Doomed to Crime

The prison complex at Port Arthur has always frightened the British outcasts. 90 years after its closure, a heinous crime committed there forced Tasmania to return to its darkest times.
Michaelmas Cay, Australia

Miles from Christmas (Part XNUMX)

In Australia, we live the most uncharacteristic of the 24th of December. We set sail for the Coral Sea and disembark on an idyllic islet that we share with orange-billed terns and other birds.
Serengeti, Great Savannah Migration, Tanzania, wildebeest on river
Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

In these prairies that the Masai people say syringet (run forever), millions of wildebeests and other herbivores chase the rains. For predators, their arrival and that of the monsoon are the same salvation.
Aurora lights up the Pisang Valley, Nepal.
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 3rd- Upper Banana, Nepal

An Unexpected Snowy Aurora

At the first glimmers of light, the sight of the white mantle that had covered the village during the night dazzles us. With one of the toughest walks on the Annapurna Circuit ahead of us, we postponed the match as much as possible. Annoyed, we left Upper Pisang towards Escort when the last snow faded.
Visitors in Jameos del Água, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Architecture & Design
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

To César Manrique what is César Manrique's

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Mountains of Fire

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shadow of success
Ceremonies and Festivities
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

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Kolmanskop, Namib Desert, Namibia
Kolmanskop, Namíbia

Generated by the Diamonds of Namibe, Abandoned to its Sands

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Beverage Machines, Japan

The Beverage Machines Empire

There are more than 5 million ultra-tech light boxes spread across the country and many more exuberant cans and bottles of appealing drinks. The Japanese have long since stopped resisting them.
Efate, Vanuatu, transshipment to "Congoola/Lady of the Seas"
Efate, Vanuatu

The Island that Survived “Survivor”

Much of Vanuatu lives in a blessed post-savage state. Maybe for this, reality shows in which aspirants compete Robinson Crusoes they settled one after the other on their most accessible and notorious island. Already somewhat stunned by the phenomenon of conventional tourism, Efate also had to resist them.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

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Young people walk the main street in Chame, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit: 1th - Pokhara a ChameNepal

Finally, on the way

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Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Naghol: Bungee Jumping without Modern Touches

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Ostrich, Cape Good Hope, South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - Cape of Good Hope NP, South Africa

On the edge of the Old End of the World

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Friends in Little Venice, Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece

The Greek Island Where the World Celebrates Summer

During the 1960th century Mykonos was once just a poor island, but by XNUMX Cycladic winds of change transformed it. First, at the main gay shelter in the Mediterranean. Then, at the crowded, cosmopolitan and bohemian vanity fair that we find when we visit.
Northern Lights, Laponia, Rovaniemi, Finland, Fire Fox
Winter White
Lapland, Finland

In Search of the Fire Fox

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Kukenam reward
Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Time Travel to the Lost World of Mount Roraima

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Asparagus, Sal Island, Cape Verde
island of salt, Cape Verde

The Salt of the Island of Sal

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Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

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Hippopotamus in Anôr Lagoon, Orango Island, Bijagós, Guinea Bissau
Natural Parks
Kéré Island to Orango, Bijagos, Guinea Bissau

In Search of the Lacustrine-Marine and Sacred Bijagós Hippos

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Entrance to Dunhuang Sand City, China
UNESCO World Heritage
Dunhuang, China

An Oasis in the China of the Sands

Thousands of kilometers west of Beijing, the Great Wall has its western end and the China and other. An unexpected splash of vegetable green breaks up the arid expanse all around. Announces Dunhuang, formerly crucial outpost on the Silk Road, today an intriguing city at the base of Asia's largest sand dunes.
Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
conversation at sunset
Boracay, Philippines

The Philippine Beach of All Dreams

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Vairocana Buddha, Todai ji Temple, Nara, Japan
Nara, Japan

The Colossal Cradle of the Japanese Buddhism

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Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

The Sierra Madre Occidental's relief turned the dream into a construction nightmare that lasted six decades. In 1961, at last, the prodigious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad was opened. Its 643km cross some of the most dramatic scenery in Mexico.
Kente Festival Agotime, Ghana, gold
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

After some time in the great Ghanaian capital ashanti we crossed the country to the border with Togo. The reasons for this long journey were the kente, a fabric so revered in Ghana that several tribal chiefs dedicate a sumptuous festival to it every year.
Saksun, Faroe Islands, Streymoy, warning
Daily life
Saksun, streymoyFaroe Islands

The Faroese Village That Doesn't Want to be Disneyland

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Sheep and hikers in Mykines, Faroe Islands
Mykines, Faroe Islands

In the Faeroes FarWest

Mykines establishes the western threshold of the Faroe archipelago. It housed 179 people but the harshness of the retreat got the better of it. Today, only nine souls survive there. When we visit it, we find the island given over to its thousand sheep and the restless colonies of puffins.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

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