Australia Day

As part of the two week world trip I took recently I went to Sydney for a couple of days. Yes, that sentence will start to make sense soon. For my newspaper I organized a world trip, leaving from Amsterdam to Sao Paulo, to Los Angeles, to Sydney, to Shanghai and back to Amsterdam. What I didn’t realize is that I would be landing in Sydney on Australia Day. After a 15 hour flight from LA I touched ground on the 26th of January in Australia’s metropolis, at around 8.30 in the morning. Luckily my friend Ramsay was waiting for me in the airport, already with a massive hangover. It was no match though for my even bigger jetlag. Anyway, he informed me that we were going to an Australia Day party at his brother’s. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect. Looking back now, all those crazy Australians travelling in Europe make sense, pulling down their pants and partying in underwear or worse. I’ve seen many such nights in my travelling career. Is this where I put a twitter hashtag #unfortunately?

But anyway, back to the craziness. The weather was good, the beer was cold and there was a lot of it. And there were girls. And crazy Australians playing drinking games and wrestling each other half naked on the grass. It was hilarious and intriguing at the same time! And miraculously, after a couple of Japanese brews I started to feel much better. Australia Day turned out as a great excuse to drink, talk to some nice and friendly Ozzies, party hard and have no idea what you’re partying for. Honestly, I still can’t remember what this holiday is. Maybe it was the day the English criminals got put on this huge ass island. Or maybe it was the day the first woman arrived. I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter, as I will be returning to Australia on Australia Day, that’s for sure. Blake, can I still come to your party next year or the year after? I was good company, wasn’t I? And can I stay at your Mum’s place again? Thanks mate! (and a special thank you to Dex and Ramsay for entertaining me for four days)

And yes, of course I have footage and evidence of what my Australia Day looked like. Honestly, I had to cut into these movies to get a PG-13 rating, the rest of it is just too explicit.

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  1. WORD!!! Blake, Simon & the bunch are the maddest men of whole Sydney!!!! can’t wait to go back myself 🙂

  2. I’m not sure what is going on, but I keep getting more and more visitors from Australia reading and viewing this blogpost. It’s by far the most popular post on my whole blog. Maybe I should write more on Sydney, or on Australia in general. Should go back first then. Okay, let’s do it. I’ll begin searching for a cheap flight.

    1. LOL when you liked my Venice this came up as a link… Holey craziness! We so missed seeing this madness on our trip to Australia!! Lol the day the women came might be right 😉

  3. Hahahaha! That is pure GOLD!! I’ve held one or two of those parties in my time and attended many more. Triple J Hottest 100 countdown blasting out the speakers, beer, some level of nudity and there is always some water involved!

    As for the reason for Australia Day, I’m sure there really is one but all we Aussies care about is (a) we don’t have to work that day (b) it’s an excuse to party!

    Glad you enjoyed your visit 🙂

  4. Being an Aussie myself, I’m always interested in how others see ‘the lucky country’..not sure how accurate your intro was landing on Australia Day though lol…but it sounds like you had fun and isn’t that what life is all about 🙂

  5. A very accurate description of my favourite day of the year. And so you know, the day commemorate the day Australia was first declared a colony of the British Empire.

  6. Good one mate…. Aussies are mostly, a crazy, extroverted, try anything once, sort of people. Come back again and travel into the outback to find the real characters. Yes I think it has to be the pommie convict background that gives them that larrikan outlook. Thanks for liking my blog, I look forward to seeing more of yours

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