Just to give you an idea of my interpretation of the word "rural". This
is a picture of the first house I lived in at Dundee, I lived there for
nearly 2 years. The floor was just old offcuts of linoleum and old bits
of tarpaulin thrown over the top of the black mud. No water or
electricity, during the dry season I'd get water from a spring down the
back of the block, about a kilometre away.
I was given a couple of old half dead solar panels, this meant I could
run that little Dell laptop for about 6 hours a day if I was just
reading a book, but only for about 2 hours if I was editing photos. I
had no car, if I felt like socialising I'd walk 13 kilometres to the
pub. My nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away.
And Australia does something a little bit different to most other
countries, we don't have unemployment insurance, we have a government
sponsored unemployment plan and I get paid "the dole" out of tax payer's
money. It's not a lot, enough to buy some food and a few simples, but it
has a massive impact on crime rates during periods of high unemployment.
And when you live in the bush there is nowhere to spend that money, if
you don't hunt you starve, so eventually there's enough money sitting
there to buy a computer, or another lens.
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