On the Wallaby …

If you are going to write about travel then from time to time you have to travel.

And since I’m not a great multitasker I shall travel first and write after.

See you when I get back from Japan.

Not a lot of wallabies in Japan, you say … it’s Aussie slang,the first use in this context (that I can find) dates to 1849. It means to journey from place to place. In 1891 Henry Lawson gave us this …

Australia’s a big country

An’ Freedom’s humping bluey,

An’ Freedom’s on the wallaby

Oh! don’t you hear ‘er cooey?

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