No, not the free beer, it’s the sense of humour. Yes, every culture has its jokes, but I’m Australian and I like ours the best!
We’re off on our travels again tomorrow, to places that I’m sure will be exotic, fascinating and beautiful.
But there are things we’re going to miss about Australia of course. Certain joys and simple pleasures are unique to our wide brown land.
The wild places of course. This is the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains, just a couple of hours drive out of Sydney. Fabulous walks!
Drinking white wine in the sun, as the wonderful Tim Minchin song puts it. With our family and friends on the Mornington Peninsula.
Getting up close and personal with wildlife is not exclusive to Australia, though our fauna is unique.
Marrickville Markets. All a bit new age, gourmet food though, as Mevrouw T pointed out on Sunday, there is a particularly friendly neighbourhood feel that we don’t find in the more touristy Amsterdam markets.
And of course there’s the food. We won’t miss the vegemite and meat pies. What we’ll hanker for is the variety of foods from around the world all readily and reasonably cheaply available in multicultural Sydney.
Pistachio connolo from Bar Italia, Leichhardt, Sydney.
Asian food in Europe never quite seems able to match what we can find in Australia. Maybe we don’t know where to look, or perhaps it’s the ingredients.
Yes, you guessed I was going to mention coffee. The Post Cafe Marrickville shows how to make a flat white. Note not only the elegance of the pattern, but the fact that there is enough colour in the coffee to make such an artwork.
This post is not intended to be a whinge; just a reflective, affectionate reminder of what a terrific, privileged life we have on both sides of the world.
Come back to this blog soon for reports from Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Morocco and France.