How important is a tourist sight image? The answer is: very important.
The fact that I've been living in Western Australia for almost three years cannot really convince (Indonesian) people that I've been to Australia. They would ask me questions like "So you've seen Sydney Opera House?, "Have you been to Bondi beach?", "Have you been in Sydney Bridge?"
I was really sorry to say that I lived far far away from those places... and I had never been to Sydney.
And they would look back at me sending messages with their eyes "Oh... so you have not "officially" been in Australia then..."
So, I just post to say that I have been in "Australia" for 3 days last week (11-13 July).