After celebrating Australia Day, I thought it would be nice to reflect about what makes this country such a great place to live. I believe it is freedom that most sets this country apart.
Australians are privileged to enjoy political and social freedom. My parents were English and my friends hail from all corners of the globe, including America, Fiji, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France and Africa. We are all Australian now. How wonderful it is to be able to interact with other cultures. A particularly colourful part of our culture and history are the wonderful dreamtime stories and artwork of indigenous Australians.
The diversity of cultures that make up our population has developed a superior tolerance towards one another, and the desire to help a mate in need. This mateship is never more noticeable as when Australian’s suffer a tragedy, be it a force of nature or terrorism.
Australia is a country of unparalleled wide open spaces. So wide in fact, that many overseas visitors underestimate the distances between our cities. It could take four days to drive the width of Australia, and even then you’d need to plan for the vast distances between each populated fuel stop.
A favourite Aussie pastime is dining out on international cuisines, naturally enjoyed with fine Australian wines. We are a sport and underdog loving, thong wearing, beach salted lot.
What does Australia mean to you?