Monday, September 8, 2014

Australia explained...

So after this post, I thought I would explain a little more about some of the things you might have seen. I was originally going to add it to that post, but it was long enough, and some of the things didn't need explaining (TV shows) or were too hard to explain and still sound semi intelligent (push pops). But I thought I'd give it ago.

However, what I really meant to convey was that I had an awesome childhood. I loved growing up Australian. Sure, we didn't have it the best - my mum was alone and worked her butt off to give us everything and not go crazy because we were devils. I had some messed up teenage years but I truly believe being Australian is one of the best things about me (there are tons, don't worry) and growing up there was full of fun times, amusement parks, lollies, tv shows, sports and food. I don't know if I will ever move back, but Australia will always be my home, will always be a huge part of me, even if I live in America till I'm 90. 

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onwards and upwards. er, downwards.

zooper doopers are ice blocks or what I think you guys call popsicles. 

next those triangle things are sunny boys and we called them glugs. they are basically ice blocks in a weird shape. because why not. 

lastly, freckles. chocolate bud things with hundreds and thousands on them. yummm.

worms. vegemite + butter + vita weats. these vita weat thingys have holes in them so you smush them together and little worms come out. most of the time your vita weats broke though, so you had to be careful and not squeeze too hard.

Never eat soggy weet bix are how we knew our north, east, south and west.

weet bix (below) is the breakfast of champions! HOW MANY DO YOU DO? I don't do any anymore because of the whole 'wheat is the main ingredient' but I did have some when I went home and my inner child cried happy tears. They are like these.. wheat biscuits (our biscuits, not your biscuits) and they are flaky and delish, and you put them in a bowl with some milk (some people like warm milk, ew) and some sugar (optional) and devour. Yummm. My mum used to break them up and make 'crunchy weetbix' or she would put vegemite or peanut butter on them so they were like weetbix toast. but hot damn were they messy that way. What can I say, Aussie kids are weetbix kids!

We use the term biscuit for .. I cannot explain this one. I have no idea how. This is the one thing that always stumps me. Tim tams are biscuits, as are vita weats and everything else you see here... except for the pilsbury thingys of course.


We don't have what you call biscuits, but the closest equivalent would be a scone. They are kind of desserts though, not breakfast.


Snowballs - marshmallows with chocolate and coconut on the outside.

Smarties - kinda like m&ms but different. not like your smarties.


Handball. Do you guys play handball? I googled it but it looks way different and crazy serious, that's not what we played in school. Basically we had these 'courts' that had 4 squares. One kid in each square and you bounced the ball to each other, kind of like in basketball. There were rules (it had to hit your square first, I think) and if you missed you were out. Sometimes you played 1 on 1 and you had 2 squares each. Kids would line up on the side to take a loser's place. you could play forever really.
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Kevin Rudd aka krudd or kruddy. He was our prime minister and clearly (below) could not play handball. I liked him until he ate his own earwax. ew.

Wizz fizz! it was sherbet in a baggy thing.


you either had one of these:

or one of these if you had the other brand. it was a candy stick thing that you stuck in the bag and licked the sherbet off and when you were done you ate the stick. yummm.

this guy is a gobbledook and he really really likes chips. or chipppeeees. he was in all the commercials.

 I dont think these need explaining but I will. A meat pie is, well, a pie with meat in it. and a sausage roll is not like a sausage in a roll, its just like.. meat (sausage mince) in pastry. my mum makes the BEST sausage rolls in the world.

hot chips. not hot potato chips (though thanks for microwaving potato chips for me, holiday inn columbus, ohio. not what i meant) but just like fries. they are best with tomato sauce (ketchup) and fish (fish 'n' chips yo) but in winter they are fabulous with some gravy. 

rage was our version of MTV, I guess. it came on earlier than video hits. just a collection of music videos.

Saturday cartoon connection... was a show with cartoon shows in it. and a weird puppet thing called Agro, quite cheeky.

Netball. Like basketball, only not. you cant run with the ball or bounce it. Netball prepared me for life, yo.

Fairy bread. White bread + butter + hundred's and thousands. I think you call these sprinkles. And it has to be cut like this, not the other way.

Johnny Farnham. Has been around since forever. He's like.. our Elvis or something. There is not a single Australian who doesn't know his name, even the babies.

Healthy Harold. Um, its a giraffe puppet. Telling you about drugs, your body and life and stuff. We had a centre that we went to, but they also travelled around in a van, and did the show in the back of a van. Not weird at all.

Play school. Like sesame street, maybe? But with people. There's a chair in there... and a bear as well.. Sweet theme song.

Blinky Bill. From wikipediaBlinky Bill is an anthropomorphic koala and children's fictional character created by New Zealand-born Australian author Dorothy Wall. The books are considered quintessential Australian children's classics, and have never been out of print in Australia. Although the books have never been out of print, the Blinky Bill story has also been adapted for television and cinema. 

I don't really know how to explain these- paddle pops are up top and the sticks sometimes had prizes on them, or you had to collect them to make a set or something. Also you saved them if you were crafty. Bubble o bill - not as good as it used to be, you get some bubble gum and the ice cream was pretty tasty.
Golden gaytime. If you ever EVER go to Australia YOU MUST HAVE ONE. This is my favourite ice cream in the whole wide world.  It is a toffee and vanilla ice-cream dipped in compound chocolate and wrapped in honeycomb biscuits, on a wooden paddle pop stick.

More australian food I miss (from an old posttop to bottom, left to right: fantales (chocolates that had trivia on the wrappers), meat pie,  sausage sizzle (sausage kind of like yours with some white bread and tomato sauce), vegemite, cheese and bacon roll (a bread thingy with cheese and bacon on it), pavlova (heaven and one day I will learn to make it), dim sims (I don't even know, fried heaven), weetbix, kebabs (I think these are similar to gyros, the meat at least), curly wurly & flake (chocolates), fairy bread, potato cakes (large scalloped potatoes with batter on the outside and fried - accompanies fish and chips), fish & chips (fish and hot chips / fries), burger with beetroot and egg with hot chips, allens lollies - those red things are strawberries and creams (oh my god i miss allens lollies). lastly, twisties (kind of like cheetos only not)
You had to bring your hat to school (it was part of the uniform) and if you didn't, you didn't play and you had to sit underneath the covered area. Why, you ask? Well because of our national cancer - we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three australian's will be diagnosed by the time they are 70. My grandfather died of skin cancer, and I am convinced I will get skin cancer, if I don't already have it. It's on my 30 before 30 to get checked and have some moles removed.

I cannot explain Kylie Mole. But if you want to kill some time, search for her on youtube.

Our disneyland (without disney) basically. I am still heartbroken it is closed.

The gumnut babies, snugglepot and cuddlepie. from wikipediaa series of books written by Australian author May GibbsSnugglepot and Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies, are the protagonists of the story and are modelled on the appearance of young Eucalyptus (gum tree) nuts. The female gumnut babies, however, have their hair, hats and skirts modelled on Eucalyptus flowers.

Spoiler: I don't think these letters actually went to Santa.

Hope you all know a little bit more about Australia now. I love to talk about Australia so if you want me to keep going, just let me know!

50 comments:

  1. Adore your travel posts! So want to go to Australia after reading these! And we totally play handball in the states only we called in 4 square :)

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  2. i saw some faves and some new-to-me ones! i miss meat pies! luckily there's an australian bakery here in atl that makes them, and they carry a lot of aussie products! have you ever done a tim tam slam? i felt so cool and then no one in the us was impressed. hmph.

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  3. Thanks for writing this post! It's so interesting, I really want to visit Australia one day!

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  4. I love reading all of your posts about Australia. It is like a whole new world opens up for me, especially since I have never travelled outside of the U.S. I don't even have a passport. I need to get one, like now.

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  5. This all sounds amazing and you are getting me SO excited!!! I feel like a broken record but Im just way too excited ... I read every word of this post and Im going to show my sis. After all, her kids are born and bred Aussie kids!

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  6. So much goodness in this post! Snowballs look like they would be soooo good! My cousin went to Australia when we were in high school and brought us back some timtams and we were all obsessed with them for so long- so good! I have to admit the gumnut babies looks like quite an interesting read :)

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  7. It's so crazy how many similar items we have with such different names. I've never heard of fairy bread before but I think I'm gonna start eating it for every meal.

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  8. I love when you do these posts!! Isn't it funny how regardless of what country you live in the elected officials always have a hard time with sports (ie throwing balls, catching them and what not lol)!!

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  9. LOVE this post. Always wanted to visit. One day !

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  10. Hahahahaha I am loving that you had to make an explanation post for us Americans ;) those worms still creep me out and I'm still not sold on the fairy bread haha but scones yes please!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  11. Haha I love reading your Australia posts! And I love it even more when I know what you're talking about because my Aussie coworker explains these things to me! The fairy bread has me intrigued but I feel like it would be better toasted! LOL!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  12. Keep going! I love reading this stuff because it reminds me of when I was abroad and how much I love Canada. It's crazy, but I never knew I was so attached to being Canadian until I wasn't in the country anymore and I was missing all these normal things like the food, the jokes, the stories and the TV shows.

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  13. Oh my goodness, I learned SO MUCH from you today!!! i wanna visit, ASAP

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  14. This post is so cool. I love learning this stuff about other countries. I'm reading Rick Springfield's memoir right now (did NOT know he's Australian) and things make so much more sense!

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  15. Woah! This was super informative and cool! Definitely on my bucket list!!!

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  16. Love this. Who knew there were SO many different types of candy and treats? I still think I need to try fairy bread sometime.

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  17. Wait - you cant bounce or run with the ball - do you just throw it for Netball? I'm so googling this now :) Like I have a Netball team waiting around for me or something :)
    I feel so international now knowing all these things.

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  18. Hah this was crazy interesting to say the least. I was a little put off by the "worms" (as I ate my lunch) but I'm glad I kept reading. Thanks for sharing, mate ;)

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  19. I love seeing all the similarities even if it is just called something different. Some of the things were knew to me so explaining them really helped. Thanks for sharing a little bit more about your home.

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  20. I love handball, we played it all the time at school:) These posts about your home are just so great:)

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  21. I ate my Weet-Bix warm with sugar ;)

    Handball totally had positions at my school, I think it was Jester, Jack, Queen & King and you would get knocked up and down in position. Didn't realize it wasn't an American thing too.

    I was GA in netball. Miss that game so much!

    I would probably kill for a meat pie and some twisties.

    I love this, I'm going to have to do a post like this.

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  22. Oh man sausage rolls really confused me when I moved to the UK! Also we totally have santa mail in Canada :)

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  23. I love all of this! Haha! Bread with sprinkles? Does it actually taste good? Although, everything else with sprinkles is delicious, so why not?!

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  24. Is it weird that this post made me hungry?? Loved learning more about Australia and really hope I get the chance to visit one day!

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  25. ahh hahaha this is awesome! I'm with Nadine- bread with sprinkles?!?!?! Ahh love it! And I def watched youtube videos of netball after your post last week because I had no clue what it was.

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  26. So when I actually have the opportunity to takes 3 weeks off of my life can you plan my entire Australia trip for me??!?! Double dip....oh that's like fun dip. Genius right? Let's make a sugar stick that kids can lick and dip into powdered flavored sugar.....I wonder if they still make that anymore!

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  27. Wow, this was so fascinating to read! I love posts about different countries. This makes me really want to visit Australia! :)

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  28. im so glad you took the time to explain all these australian things to us!!! this is so cool. so hundreds + thousands are basically non peril sprinkles ! :)

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  29. oh my god, I remember being the queen of handball in elementary school! I wish we could play as adults. Ok what about sunnies, that is sunglasses right or is it bathing suit, I seem to remember you aussies having a good word for one of those two things.

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  30. So interesting, thanks for explaining! I feel so much smarter now! :)

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  31. Whoaaaaa I just learned so much my brain is exploding!! I cannot retain all of this and I'm amazed you could think of all these things that are foreign to Americans to put into a post! I will not stop laughing at the microwaved french fries (or hot potatoes or whatever you want to call them) for quite some time though! And handball is not something I played growing up but now my kids play it at school, so must be more Aussies moving to the states these days. :) And netball...what in the how?? I will have to google it b/c I totally don't get it.

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  32. This was awesome! There were a bunch of things where I could see similarities, like, I went, "Oh! That's just like xyz from America" Super cool.

    And holy crap to the fairy bread. So funny.

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  33. I love that you keep showing us more about your home. It's also funny to see how many of these things are so similar to things we had/have growing up in the U.S., just with slight variations or different names. It's sweet :) and I also love what you call sprinkles!!

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  34. I looooooved this post! It's so fun getting to know another country/culture better! The only thing I recognized from this whole posts is the smarties. A friend sent them to me after I had Mia (comfort food!) and holy moly, they are AMAZING!!

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  35. This was such a fun post! I've only been to Australia once, but it reminded me so much of South Africa - my first home! And you know what? Vegemite is awesome! And TimTams! They have them at World Market here in the states :)

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  36. Love these posts!! So interesting and fun! Can't wait to make a trip there one day!

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  37. Veddy interesting my dear. I'm always intrigued by what people call things from other places, and stories behind them.

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  38. So many differences between Australia and the US. My mom grew up in Bermuda and always loved Smarties- she was so happy now that some stores have them here!

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  39. love this article!

    xoxo
    Meg
    www.snazzybellanista.com

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  40. This was so fun!!!
    I think that we played FourSquare which looks a lot like your Handball!
    If I ever get to go to Australia I will definitely be hitting you up for all the must-sees, places to eat, things to do.....

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  41. What a great article! I love hearing about the stuff people did and ate as kids and it's even more fun to read about what happened in different countries. Love it!

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  42. i love this! i wonder if Wonderland is owned by the same company that manages Canada's Wonderland. it's our big amusement park and it's always so packed on the weekends in the summer!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  43. I want fairy bread and a paddle pop! I do NOT want the creepy puppets/gobbledygook! hahaha

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  44. I love this! French fries and gravy sound great.. and now I want some!

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  45. This is so awesome! So handball sounds like foursquare, only we played with a bigger ball. I want to start calling sprinkles hundreds of thousands because that is awesome. Ice block is a much more specific name for a popsicle but that word is just so ingrained that calling them something else would be hard for me to wrap my brain around. What a fun post!

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  46. Double Dip reminds me of Fun Dip in the sense that the Fun Dip stick was also edible. I'm still weirdly fascinated by those gumnut babies, lol.

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  47. I miss Australia sooo much. This post makes me wanna hop on a plane and go back right now!

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  48. This is so freaking interesting and amazing! I mean, I know our world is different in all areas but I guess you never really realize how different it truly is! Thanks for sharing! I thinkit's really neat!

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  49. Wow, this was so interesting! Your handball looks a lot like something we played in elementary school, called foursqaure, but we used a bouncy ball (large rubber ball thing about the size of a small basketball).

    I'm dying to go to Australia one day. How different is it from New Zealand (which I also want to go to)? Just curious how different it feels to a native Australian.

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  50. I LOVE this post!!! As a fellow Aussie, I was nodding right along as I was reading! So spot on!

    Carly x

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