Seeing Double

When I saw Kurri Kurri on that page, I began to wonder how many other towns and geographic landmarks I could find with double names.  I knew there were a lot of them in Australia, home to Wagga Wagga, which means many crows.  I got my Australian road atlas out and didn’t make it past the Bs because there were so many doubles.  I googled the subject and found double names all over the world

Kurri Kurri is a town of 6,000 north of Sydney.  In Australia there are also Banka Banka, Beggan Beggan, Binjie Binjie Point, Bindi Bindi, Bli Bli, Bon Bon, Bang Bang, and Boonoo Boonoo.  All of these are small, but Wagga Wagga, population more than 54,000, isn’t.  Buin Buin is north of New Norcia, which is north of Perth.  Ruth and I have been to both places and Tilba Tilba, a charming tourist town south of Sydney with a great ice cream shop.  The Bungle Bungles are both the most dramatic mountains in the Kimberley, which is most of northwest Australia. The Bungle Bungles are the subject of the quilt at the top of this page.  I’d like to visit a  coastal town with the name Woy Woy. It’s close to 11,000 people and between Sydney and Brisbane.  But first I had to find out why Australia is so full of doubly named places.  It’s because Down Under many settlements and geographic points were named for and by Aboriginals using their indigenous languages.

Then I surfed the world and found Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa and “a string of coastal villages”.  Germany’s spa city in the Black Forest called Baden-Baden.  Bella Bella is a remote First Nations reserve in British Columbia.  In the United States we have Walla Walla, a Native American name that means many waters. and Paw Paw, a Michigan burg west of Kalamazoo that’s named for the trees that once grew along the Paw Paw River.  Being from The Midwest, I know paw paw trees.  Their fruit is edible but not to my taste.  My favorite double USA town name is Loop Loop, WA.  Loop Loop is French for wolf wolf, but the French word is spelled l-o-u-p.  I don’t know why, but the Philippines and New Guinea also have several doubly named towns.

That’s all.  That’s all.  Hank




About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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