Tips for Aussie dads moving abroad
If you are an Australian in general, you will understand. If you are an Australian already living abroad, you definitely understand. And if you are an Aussie dad preparing to move abroad, take notice! We, as Aussie males are a unique breed for human. We speak differently. We interact with those around us differently and we enjoy life in a ‘special’ kind of way. The old saying goes.. ”You can take the boy out of … (insert stereotype here) but you can never take the … out of the boy” blah, blah, blah.. but for us, this rings true. We have been spoilt in life, from hot winter nights, to glorious sporting victories. We love to travel, and rightfully so, but when you are gone, you will miss these things. Sit back and appreciate how great we have it and how you can incorporate these into your new wonderful life abroad.
If you are moving somewhere sunnier than Australia, then congratulations. Move along. Nothing to see here. However, if you are moving to a frost bitten land. A highland, picturesque winter wonderscape, or a damp valley, then pay attention. Do not, I repeat. DO NOT, under value how much you will miss the sunny shores of Australia. We are spoilt for sun and we crave it when we are removed from it’s glory. So bottle that Vitamin D anyway you can. Soak it up and saved it for rainier days. Trust me.
The humble meat pie is a national treasure. Kidney and liver, steak and mushroom, hell even chicken tandoori. We love them from the servos (if you don’t know what that is, google it). We love them from cafes and we love them from Woolie’s frozen aisles. But when you are abroad, they are as rare as polar bear in Cairns. So in order to survive your time away from home, brush up on your pastry skills and learn to make in house Meat pucks.
Sure, there is finer chocolate biscuits all over the world. I do not question that. However, there is nothing quite like dunking your tammy in a morning tea coffee and enjoying the blissful slice of Australia. But you will NOT find these little buggers abroad. Have friends or family air mail them to you, or better yet, stock up before you fly away. You will regret it if you don’t.
Much like the sun, we take the beach for granted. Depending on where you live, you are never really that far away from the coast. And what can you find at said coast, well that would be world class beaches, silly. Australia Day at the beach. Christmas at the beach. New Years day at the.. well you get the picture. Enjoy every moment you can at your local, because you will miss it more than you realise.
Not saying we have the world’s best breweries (we do) But finding a Carlton Draft or Tootheys New on tap is not an option overseas. You can get some great brews abroad, no doubt, but none that will remind you of how it feels to have finished a hard days work in the summer sun (or winter sun, we are spoilt like that). Head to your local tav and have one last schooner with your mates, you won’t forget the taste. And to be safe, take a six pack as emergency with you.
You may love it or hate it, but when you are 12 months removed from the motherland, you will crave it. This national icon is world famous, and if you don’t eat it, then it is a great prank to pull on those unsuspecting colleagues. Introduce this black gold to your children and use it to enforce good ol’ Aussie pride. If you can eat a jar of this, then you can survive anything.
The breakfast of champions. Take a box with you for memories sake. When you are missing home, serve yourself a bowl, slice up a few nanas and drizzle some honey over them, you’ll be right as rain after that. These should have been a staple in your household as a child, and now that you are a father abroad, they should be present in your child’s life too. Just don’t forget to remind yourself of those magnificent T.V ads back in the 90s.
The sound of Kookaburas laughing or lyrebirds whipping will bring a tear to your eye when you are away from home for long enough. We are blessed back home to have some of this world’s most magnificent nature. try to head to the countryside and capture the essence of the Australian landscape, anyway possible. Film yourself walking around. Record the sounds of rainfall or even the annoying cockatoos squawks from the hot tin roofs. You will miss these sounds when you are abroad. More than you ever thought you could.
The sounds of the bat on ball or Richie Benaud commentating is an Australian ritual and right of passage. Now sadly, he is no longer with us, but the sport is something that you grew up with. Like most things back home, you probably did not realise how much you would miss it. But when you miss home, have a game streaming in the background. whether you watch it or not, it will remind you of home. Crack one of those emergency beers and sit back and remember the days of long summer test matches and you’ll be sweet.
Aussie’s are famous for their use of language. And there are few countries that understand our sense of humour. When you move abroad at first, try to tame this at first. It can be quite abrasive for virgin ears to hear some of the trash we banter about and how we do it. Australian humour takes some getting use to for others, so don’t push the envelope early, let your new neighbours warm up to you before you drop the C bomb in casual convo.
Just a little clip to remind you of home
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