Celebrate Australia Day, Wherever You Are

January 26, 2010

Making Lamingtons is long, slow work, so I improvised and made a Lamington cake instead,

Happy Australia Day!

Sure, it’s pretty much over already in Australia, but that’s no reason that you can’t keep enjoying the spirit of the land down under.

One of the best things about traveling is everything you get to bring back with you to share with others. Not just the t-shirts and snow globes and local candy bars, but all the experiences you’ve had and everything you’ve learned about the people you met and the culture you got to be part of.

For example: When I did my year abroad in Sydney, studying at UNSW, one of my first campus events was an orientation and mixer for international students. To introduce us to Aussie cuisine, we were fed Lamingtons (yellow cake, sandwiched together with strawberry preserves, then dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut) and given billy tea to drink. It was a great way to meet some of the other students and start to feel comfortable in my new home.

Now, to commemorate my time in Australia, I have a little Australia Day celebration every year. I make Lamingtons or a Pavlova, buy ANZAC biscuits if I can find them, and bring some of my favorite photos and souvenirs to share with people in my office.

So even if you don’t have a trip coming up, you can still enjoy the world by sharing your past travels with others. Whip up some hummous and talk to your friends about the Greek Isles. Rent “Amelie”, get some baguettes and cheese and enjoy a night in France.

If you can’t get out into the world, bring the world to you!


One comment

  1. Get some Timtam’s too – if you can find them! They’re my favourite.

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