Today has been a good day. Very busy and therefore productive, tiring and therefore a good workout. It is also one that ended in high spirits as Australia will be in the 2018 World Cup after beating Honduras 3-1 in Sydney. There were- and I am sure still are- yellow shirts everywhere in the streets and will be long into the night. Yellow shirts and football (soccer) have always been associated with Brazil, you could have been fooled into thinking you were walking back from the Maracana tonight rather than the ANZ Stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park or out of the many bars showing the game.

This was a development very late on in the evening and wasn’t the plan for this post, however if any occasion results in fireworks it is probably worth a mention*. I originally wanted to post about a couple I met today from the UK, from my city in fact. In fact, just down the road in a neighbouring village, we finally worked out the distance after the lady said ‘you know, near the Red Kite Pub?’. Pubs are a great marker for getting your bearings if you are lost in the UK, particularly in a village or small town.

There is always a great deal of excitement when you overhear a conversation in your own dialect when abroad. You would never have spoken to them if they were sitting next to you in a cafe back home, now suddenly they are your best friends and you are planning life together. It is like our caveman instincts kick in and we need to group up in an environment of strange sounding people. No matter how far you travel, it is just a matter of time before you encounter one of your fellow citizens. This can be seen as a blessing or a curse. Here in Sydney, it seems like a Brit is around every corner. Back when I was living in West Texas, we were few and far between. I loved the opportunity to only hear my accent once in a blue moon, it made the encounter much more interesting.


Do you enjoy meeting your fellow countrymen and women when on holiday, or do you see a holiday as a break from the norm and therefore avoid fellow citizens at all costs?

*I am unsure if the fireworks were directly related to the win tonight, however it was very fitting even if unrelated.

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    1. I do too, but here in Australia we Brits make up such a big chunk of the population. Maybe when I head out of the city I will get that excitement back when hearing a similar accent! Thanks for commenting, where have you met people from your country before? Anywhere surprising or unexpected?

  1. There is nothing quite like meeting somebody from home.
    I admire your aim to travel to every continent. I have very nearly done it-only the North and/or South Pole to go. Not sure I can be bothered now.

    1. Thanks for commenting, and you seem well traveled! Only travel if you have the urge, if you don’t want to go there, you don’t have to 🙂 They are two places I haven’t been, and I find they will be the ones that would be hardest for me to build a motivation for…

  2. I had a friend, who was on The British Antarctic Survey. For three years I received exciting descriptions of life on the ice. I have always wanted to see Antarctica. I have just run out of motivation.

    1. That does sound fascinating, I think that would certainly boost my interest in the area. Maybe you need to find that motivation again 🙂

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