8 AUSSIE THINGS WE’LL MISS WHILE OVERSEAS

No, not the free beer, it's the sense of humour. Yes, every culture has its humour, but I'm Australian and I like our one best!

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!

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.

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.

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 foody, though as Mevrouw T pointed out on Sunday, there is a particularly neighbourhood feel that we don't find in the more touristy Amsterdam markets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

16 Comments

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16 responses to “8 AUSSIE THINGS WE’LL MISS WHILE OVERSEAS

  1. That sign is too amazing!

  2. Angela Highstead

    Looking forward to your overseas posts Richard. Travel safely.

  3. We stayed a month in Marrickville last year on our round the world trip and were delighted to see the mentions! What an unassuming – but very nice – place to spend time on a long trip.

  4. Caroline

    White wine with the Whitesides. Perfection!

  5. For a second I thought that pistachio connolo might have been a green tea connolo. Maybe it’s because I recently discovered green tea Kit Kats, another (delicious) consequence of the Asian invasion and seeing the fusion of everything with everything else.

  6. I’ll look out for you in Northern Ireland Richard!

  7. GUN 002

    I THINK IT’S COLD BEER AND FREE WI FI RICHARD.
    HAVE FUN IN O.S.
    CHEERS
    GUN002

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