Note to Scottish people: 'SUNSHINE' is a word commonly associated with a yellow orb that usually sits in a blue sky and gives off warmth.... trust me, that shit is real.... you just might need to go further south to experience it.
Nothing beats a traditional Aussie BBQ. Think sunshine, warm weather, friends, a beach nearby, and a couple of snags sizzling on a BBQ before being doused in tomato sauce..... ahhh the sheer bliss!
When I lived in Australia, we were always having friends and family pop over for cake and coffee. Aussie's are a social bunch, and I miss the tradition of having friends over (with everyone bringing a plate to share) and having a good old chin wag. Some things you would typically find on an Australian afternoon tea table is bun loaf (if you go over to anyone's home, this is what you would bring as a gift), lamingtons, Shapes biscuits, Sweet Chilli Philly (or another dip...maybe Avocado dip) and probably Tim Tams.
Australia has one of the biggest and most beautiful coastlines of any country in the world, and I have to say that I LOVE the beach. There's just something about the sand, the sun and the sound of the waves that I have always found relaxing and inspiring. When I lived in Australia and I needed to make an important decision, I would head to the beach and set off on a long walk until I'd come to my decision. My decision to take the plunge and move to Scotland was made on a long walk along the beach at Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast.
Us Aussie's are a competitive bunch when it comes to our sport, and its something that I love about home. My favourite sport to watch is Rugby League (NRL) where I support the Brisbane Broncos. Their home ground (Suncorp Stadium) is in my opinion the best sporting ground in the world. The atmosphere at Suncorp at a home game is electric. Australia also has AFL, which is more popular is the southern state of Victoria. I follow the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Nothing beats going to the football (that's what we call NRL and AFL...not to be confused with soccer) with your mates and enjoying an overpriced beer and meat pie
This might seem like a weird inclusion, but I love the news in Australia compared to the news in the UK. You see, where I come from the news was an even distribution between awful stories that needed to be reported and 'good news' stories that made you feel good about your community or country. For example, the news may feature a story about a string of break ins at homes in the area, followed by a story about an old granny whose reached 100 and celebrated by going on a motorbike, followed by a story about cuts in funding for hospitals, and then finished with a story about a dog that has learned to surf. It's the 'shit sandwich' method, and I think it makes people a lot happier if the news isn't all doom and gloom.
When I first arrived in the UK, I often got told that I had a typical Aussie 'Happy-go-lucky' attitude, and that's something I LOVE about Australia and Australians. When you're surrounded by sunshine, warm weather, the great outdoors, great food and happy friends, its hard not to be positive.
Australia is one of those lucky countries that has an atmosphere where almost anything grows. I've got great memories of picking snowpeas in my garden when I was little, picking passionfruits, lemons, limes, and going to visit my Uncle who worked on an orchard who would give us a box of tomatoes to take home with us. All fresh! no packing and freezing and shipping to another country required!
Okay, so not ALL animals. I wouldn't miss spiders, geckos, giant moths and mostly SNAKES. But there are some Aussie animals that I love- koalas, echidnas, kangaroos, platypuses- all unique to Australia.
No count down of things I love about Australia would be complete with a mention of my wonderful, amazing family. Nearly all of my happy Aussie moments featured members of my family.... BBQ's on summer days, cake and coffee, road trips to visit relatives, days at the beach, going fishing, playing footy in the park, falling off swings.... all great memories, and I can't wait to see them all again!
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