Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Aussie Aussie Aussie!!

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Hooroo! If you didn't already know, today is Australia's national day of jubilation.

To me, Australia Day isn't about where you come from or how long you've been here- I myself, as the daughter of a Swiss father and a Kiwi mother am only first generation 'Aussie'.

Australia Day to me is about celebrating this wonderful country, the land and its many peoples. The open skies, the wonderfully different landscape from one side of the continent to the other and the fresh air, which some say you can smell the eucalyptus on as you walk off the plane. And of course, we do have (some of) the best beaches in the world!

Its about honouring the way that we pull together in times of adversity, from international battles such as Gallipoli and Afghanistan, to the recent tragedies of Black Saturday and the Queensland floods.

So today, even if you're not from the land downunder, feel free to revel in all that is Australian on this fine day! I myself will be at work, listening to Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2010 and then heading to the Swan River foreshore to join friends as we watch the fireworks. How will you be celebrating this magnificent day?

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