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27 Jul

Australia, Uluru The Sacred Mountain World Heritage

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Uluru is the Aborigenal name for Ayers Rock, the amazing sandstone rock formation dated back millions and millions years ago in Central Australia, in the middle of nothing. To reach Uluru, it took us around 4hrs by car from Alice Springs, the nearest town. And when you get there, still from far away, you  understand why you have to go there. No photo or video can deliver the emotion you feel when you stand in front of the rock. I took this picture, because it shows how lively and spiritual Uluru is. It does not have a flat, sandy surface, as you may think looking at the images usually published in books and on the web. The rock is full of cracks and fissures, as such giving  the impression of being real. Aborigens consider Uluru sacred and when you are standing in front of the mountain, you feel why. 

There are several accounts of Aboriginal ancestral stories for the origins of Uluru and its many cracks and fissures. One tells that serpent beings waged many wars around Uluru, scarring the rock. This is the reason why Aborigens warn you not to remove pieces of rock; you will be cursed and suffer misfortune. Indeed, there are reported cases of people who have tried to return the rocks removed, in order to cure the percieved curse.

We did reach Uluru just after lunch. The sun was high and the rock had a red rusty colour. We did walk around it all the way. It takes a couple of hours and it is exciting to see how the colour changes during the different hours. Some people climb up to the peak. As it is a sacred mountain, we have followed the rules of the natives respectfully and did not walk on the rock.

At sunset, we left Uluru to enjoy a dinner in the Outback. I will share about this unique experience of the senses in a new post.

The rock is full of cracks and fissures, as such giving the impression of being real. Aborigens consider Uluru sacred and when you are standing in front of the mountain, you feel why.

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Luca

Luca, Italian, born in Milan, living between Milan and London, design lover, food passionate, because for Italians food is not only food, traveller and explorer. Together with Francesca I did found SoFarSoNear to pursue an idea and collect experiences.

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