Maybe it’s the discrete lack of lamb. Or sun. Or heat. If you’re an Aussie abroad missing Australia Day 2016 this one’s for you.
While almost 200,000 Aussie workers plan to have a 4 day weekend, bosses nation wide dip into backup funds to purchase lamb.
Well I’m not sure about that lamb part. But if there’s anything more Aussie than chucking a sickie for Australia Day I’m not sure what the hell it is.
Screw you amazing Aussie summer
I’m here ‘Stateside’ with freaking -8 degrees Celsius meanwhile my pintsmen back home have been enjoying one of the hottest summers in recent memory.
But a little bit of snow and bone chilling wind isn’t going to stop me.
Before Snowzilla Jonas overflowed the streets with snow I checked all the bottle shops (side note: here they’re liquor stores, and because of some New York state law they don’t sell beer and spirits in the same store – weird hey?) and I’ve tracked down an Aussie beer – ah Coopers Sparkling Ale – I never thought I’d be so happy to see you.
Interestingly, being away from home on Australia Day has me for the first time experiencing a little homesickness. And I’ve never felt this before. Should I be concerned? I’m sure it will pass. Like chili.
I wonder if every traveler feels it on whatever day your county of origin chooses to celebrate as a special day – be it a day of freedom, independence, liberation – surely it is universal.
Just for this one day I feel social constructs fall away. Freed from the burdens of modern life, while still getting to enjoy the benefits.
Just for this one day I feel a strong unity with my countrymen and women that I find it difficult to explain.
This shouldn’t really matter that much, currently in the land of the free I realize our two countries share many of the same values, and privileges.
Maybe this feeling of missing home is less about major situational differences that can be rationalized.
Traveling, backpacking, holidaying, living abroad or stuck at an airport – it’s all the same when you “still call Australia home”.
28 things you’ll miss about home on Australia Day
- The heat
- Aussie beer
- Streets full of other last minute shoppers collecting supplies, and everyone is happy, everyone is smiling, not a grump in sight
- Bags of ice and eskies
- The smell of the barbie
- Triple J kicking off
- Spit roast on
- Running the grill
- Having a stern word with yourself at 11:30 to slow down on the beers
- Red Rock chips
- Sunscreen, lots of sunscreen
- Hot concrete
- Thongs (I mean the ones you wear on your feet)
- The smell of Aussie lamb…mmm more salt and pepper
- How’d this shit song make it to Hottest 100
- Catching a can and opening it away from yourself because you know your dickhead mate shook it before he threw it
- Grass between your toes now, thongs are missing
- Arguments about changing the music because “Triple J sucks” no shut up and go to a Justin Bieber party
- How come I’m batting I don’t play cricket, oh crap it’s over the fence six and out
- We need to find someone who’s not drinking and convince them to take us to the next party
- Aussie flags
- Forget it let’s walk grab the esky
- Sun taking so long to go down
- Not being able to believe that song won
- Random baby kangaroos
In honor of all Aussies worldwide currently away from the sunburnt country we all still call home – happy Australia Day 2016.