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The Crown Down Under

(Excerpted from Chapter 23: Down Under: The Grateful Unrich…)

Darwin, Australia 6-19-06

We land in Darwin at 4:50 AM and catch the backpacker bus to town. The guy who answers the hostel door is rude. It’s a sign of things to come. Australia is a land of irrationally frightened British-bred business shysters and rightfully wary, but hardly bowed Aborigines. Vic’s Bar serves up $1 meals each night to European upper-middle-class youth who are too scared to go to Southeast Asia – or anywhere else not populated with white people – whose parents are footing the bill. They’re playing it safe in a good white country between university degree and investment banking career. Continue reading