In honour of Australia Day, I thought I would compile a list of things I love and miss about Australia.
It still astounds me when I meet people who have no idea what a lamington is! I usually shake my head and think what an under privileged childhood they must have. Lamingtons are a staple of an Aussie kids diet and I have fond memories of unwrapping one in my lunchbox at school like I was Charlie getting a golden ticket to a chocolate factory. Put simple, lamingtons are chocolate and coconut covered cakes. Sometimes you can get ones with jam and/or cream in the middle. They are pure bliss. Check out the Bakers' Corner recipe for them here.
Yes, I know the UK and Europe has beaches too, but well they're just not an Aussie beach. When I go home in March, I am most looking forward to going to the beach and feeling the sand between my toes. The beach has always been a place where I go to think, evaluate and be inspired (or re-inspired) to do something that makes me happy. In March I'll be heading to Australia for a well-earned break and and going to places like Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast and Noosa Beach- my two all time favourites!
Okay, so I don't miss all wildlife (they can keep their snakes, spiders, geckos, giant moths and all other creepy crawlies), but I do miss having Kangaroos in my backyard..... yes my backyard! You see, my hometown is in the country and when the weather is right the Kangaroos would graze in my backyard, front yard or anywhere with nice grass. I once opened my front door to find a huge kangaroo standing on my doorstep! It doesn't get more Australian then that.
Every time I went to visit my Nanna at the Gold Coast, we would stop on the way for a Yatala pie. These pies are OUT OF THIS WORLD. They hold some of my fondest childhood memories and will be the first place I visit when I get off the plane in Australia (I'm not even kidding, I'm actually getting off my flight and driving to the Gold Coast via this shining beacon of bliss). If you ever go to Australia, you have to try one (or all) of the goodies they sell. Now excuse me while I finish drooling over the image above....
My favourite city in Australia is Melbourne. It's a beautiful, cosmopolitan city that I think I'd like to live in one day. Some of my favourite things about this city are the antique arcades, Haigh's Chocolate, the trams, the culture, the North Melbourne Kangaroos (my AFL team), the food and the coffee culture. Melbourians have a reputation in Australia for knowing a thing or two about great food and great coffee, being impeccably dressed and being the most 'European' of all the cities in Australia. Melbourne, I'll be seeing you in March!
Been to Australia? What's your favourite Aussie thing? Leave a comment below!
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