“Pink Lakes and Shimmering Sapphires – The Australian Outback”
“The next morning my girlfriend awoke, refreshed and ready for another day behind the wheel. I, however, was not quite so relaxed. Little did she know, but I’d placed rather high expectations on our next stopover, a stunning pink salt lake. Its non-perennial drought-flood cycle causes bacteria to stain both the water and the salty lake bed a striking rosy hue. On my last visit, there had been a prolonged drought, and it is far more impressive full of its ruby waters. Rounding a bend, my mind was immediately put at ease – the dry spell had ended, and the lake looked absolutely divine! My heart pounded, and my girlfriend began to wonder if something were awry. As we reached the shoreline, I quickly dropped – no, stumbled – to one knee. After adding in some fumbling I managed to produce a ring – complete with Outback sapphires I’d mined on a previous desert trip – and she suddenly knew exactly why I’d been a bit preoccupied all morning.”
Having grown up in both America and Australia, I never really felt at home anywhere. I now live permanently in Ireland, however the one thing I miss about Australia, apart from family and friends of course, is the massive expanse referred to as the Outback. Nowhere else have I ever experienced such sweeping landscapes, stunning sunsets and incredible clouds creating patterns across immense skies. It was here that I chose to propose to my then girlfriend, an Irish citizen with whom I soon after migrated to Ireland. I lived in Australia for approximately eleven years, and during this time I visited the “Red Centre” many times. The sample paragraph above is the only one focussing on the engagement. The remainder covers various adventures around the centre of Australia, however it can instead focus less on the adventures of the desert and more on the beautiful climate and culture of its coastal cities.