I’m probably one of the least patriotic people around, but even I find it hard to be overseas on Australia Day. Australia Day is usually spent having a BBQ with friends or perhaps a picnic and then lying lazily in the shade with a drink in hand listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 and arguing about which song came in at number 1.
It feels very strange for Australia Day to be just another day and to have to head to work on a chilly winter’s morning. Actually it feels wrong. It is times like this when I really feel like a stranger in a strange land and I miss my friends more than ever. My celebratory Vegemite on toast just doesn’t seem like enough.