It’s probably a bit early to declare my love for Australia but I do feel like it right now. I know this may change, in fact I’m certain it will, I know I will have good days and bad, but right now, I love Australia! Besides the great climate, lovely beaches, sunshine, beer and nice people, here’s a few more reasons why I love Australia:
I like eating healthy, but lets admit, in the UK in spite of the Planet Organics and the Abel and Coles its not easy trying to stick to your ‘eat healthy’ resolve. Food available is mostly high on fats, sugars, salt, E numbers and so on. In Australia on the other hand I find a variety of healthy foods on the shelves of most supermarkets. Loving it.
I also love the fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood easily available. I love the fact that its all locally sourced. Little or no air miles and carbon footprint, eco friendly and very sustainable. Way to go.
Sounds, nature and not nature:
I’m hearing lovely outdoor sounds that I love, Australian sounds that are music to my ears. I hear the sounds of different birds chirping and warbling, the ocean, people enjoying a barbie and having fun, children laughing, wind-chimes and other lovely sounds. And I love them all.
Australians will tell it like it is, like it or not. No beating round the bush or sugaring things up. This straight talking might come through as a bit rude if you are from the UK. But for Australians, it is what it is and has to be said upfront. Listen to the speeches by Australian ministers and hear local Australians speak about issues on local TV, all straight talk. Works for me, no guesswork about where a conversation is leading to, I like it.
I love fishing and Australia fulfils my passion for fishing. I like the fact that I can choose to fish for my supper. I like it that there are strict enforcements to ensure sustainable fishing and I love the fact that most Australians respect it.
Health & Safety:
In Australia, people’s health and safety does seem to be top priority.
Nicola Roxon, the Heath minister is adamant about going ahead with the plan for plain cigarette packaging. I fully support the plan and think it could make a positive difference. Parts of the U.S are apparently planning to push for similar cigarette rulings. Lead the way, Australia.
I’m always looking for BPA-free products and I find them far more easily available in Australia. Which leaves me thinking, there must be a higher demand here for BPA-free products. Well done Australia, out with BPA, too much harm done already.
I met a mum of three who refused to give her kids ‘nuked’ food, even though it meant a lot more of her time and effort in doing so. It reflects the high awareness of health issues among Australians.
Seems trivial but you won’t get a sunscreen with SPF 50, everything above an SPF 30 can lawfully only be classified as SPF 30+. Not so trivial when you consider it’s a step taken to prevent the high rate of skin cancer. It’s to discourage people from thinking that a sunscreen with higher SPF could mean they can spend more time in the sun, thereby running a higher risk of skin cancer. Good thinking.
I’m sure there’s a lot more I’ll find out, but from what I discovered so far, I love the healthy and pro-life thinking here.
Free public Barbecues:
When I first visited Australia a decade ago, I loved it that most parks have free facilities for a Barbecues, with some councils charging a nominal fee. Now that I’ve moved to Australia, I still think its a fantastic thing. The message is out there – come enjoy the great outdoors, eat and drink together, have fun with family and friends, have a good time. I’ve seen public barbies at the most scenic locations, in parks with stunning views of the ocean, a river, the city or just a beautiful natural landscape.
I’m loving what comes from the barbies too – lots of delicious food, salads, beer, loads of laughter and great fun.
Shiny, happy, friendly people:
I’m repeating myself but I do have to say that Australians are about the nicest persons I’ve met. I met a lady on a bus, we struck a conversation in which I mentioned I was new to the city. It was the beginning of a long conversation with the best of intentions – sharing as much knowledge and tips as possible. When I got off the bus she insisted on walking me to my destination. Australians are like that, incredibly friendly, welcoming, sharing and love to help people.
It’s the people that make (or break) a country so here’s to all Australians who made this the lovely country it is and a country worth loving!