Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Curious Kayla Visits Bundoora Park

Rochel Burstyn

Hi everyone, it’s me, Curious Kayla, and I’m heading home to visit my mishpachah! It’s not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump to get here, but for family, it’s worth it! Come join me as I head Down Under and explore Bundoora Park in Victoria, Australia.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

“G’day, Kayla!” My aunt Bayla says cheerfully.

I look around. There seems to be plenty of grass and roots, and the area is surrounded with native gum trees (eucalyptus trees — plentiful in Australia.) Lots to eat and plenty of shade in which to rest. We kangaroos are herbivorous — we like to eat grass, shrubs, leaves and grains — and did you know that we chew the cud? Ah, it’s good to be home!

Suddenly I hear the small shriek of a gate opening and a clang as it closes, and I see a tractor slowly drive through the grassland. Attached to the tractor is a large cage filled with piles of hay, and seated on them are rows of two-legged, English-speaking mammals. Why are PEOPLE being transported in a cage through kangaroo habitat?

“What’s going on?” I ask Auntie Bayla.

She chuckles and strikes a pose. “They’re tourists! Quick, Kayla, smile for the cameras!”

I smile and my little nephew Yossi peeks out of his mother’s pouch.

“Oh, wow,” we hear people say in delight. Hands stick through the bars of the cage with little gadgets that click with a flash of light.

“What was that all about?” I ask Auntie Bayla as the tractor retreats.

“Welcome to Bundoora Park,” Auntie Bayla says.


To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"