Not a single day goes by that people do not ask me what I miss the most about Australia. After six years of marriage and living in a different country, I simply could not imagine living anywhere else any more. But to answer the question:
Besides my dad, my mum, my sister, my brother, my cousins and my dearest friends – most of whom I have with me on Facebook, I also miss…
Luckily, I have found Anzac Bikkies, Vegemite and good old Aussie meat pies at the British Corner Shop online (who also, by the way, also have the cheapest postage). But I am not going to turn this blog into a big old advertisement.
I would be interested to know if any of you can name all of the things above. If you can, you just made my day 🙂
As for what I DON’T miss about Australia the most, well that is a list which is much easier and a heck of a lot longer, but here are just a few:
- Huntsman spiders
- Blue-ringed Octopus
- Stone fish
- Box jellyfish
- Feral cats
- The annual culling of Kangaroos
- The annual culling of Dingoes
- The annual culling of Possums
- Having my mailbox blown up on fireworks night
- Freezing indoors in winter because you cannot afford heating
- Sweltering in summer because you cannot afford air-conditioning
Here in Finland, it is too cold for snakes and spiders. There are no sharks or other deadly marine life in the lakes of Finland. Pets are treated like the treasured family members that they are, and if one happens to escape, the owner will always be quickly found as the law states that all pets must be microchipped.
I also don’t miss the racism against the native peoples of the country. The Sami people have their own language and their own way of life. This country has preserved both and Finland recognises Indigenous languages of the Sami people as a Finnish language.
Regardless of how rich or poor you are, you do not have to pay for heating. It is a basic human right in Finland, which is probably a good thing, since temperatures fluctuate so much, from high 40’s in summer to -50 or below in winter. All windows are triple-glazed. The squirrels change colour too! They are brown in summer and grey in winter.
While I do love Gubbi Gubbi Country (my tribal country on the east coast of what is now known as Australia), I also love this country in which I now live.
While some choices in life may be difficult, bordering on seemingly impossible, always make the choice that will be right for you, your health, your safety and your happiness. If you are not happy or safe, make some changes, no matter how hard it might be. The most important thing in the world is that you are okay. Don’t let anybody take that away from you.
Have a wonderful, safe and happy year.
– Rosie xx