Aussie things I have done (thank you Thea)

Thanks to Thea over at “Do I Really Want to Blog?” I now have a blog topic at a time when my brain is mush and univentive and hiding – so here we go – the how Aussie am I quiz type thing :)

The ones I have done are bold.

1. Heard a kookaburra in person. – grew up in the Dandenong Ranges – hard to avoid them – used to feed them meat which they would ‘kill”

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Seen a koala. – seen in wildlife and in captivity and held – was SO heavy and grumpy

4. Visited Melbourne.- born and lived most of my life there

5. Watched a summer thunderstorm. – always

6. Worn a pair of thongs. – All I wear in Summer

7. Been to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)

8. Visited Cape York.

9. Held a snake. – apparently yes, in kindergarten – I seem to have blanked this from my memory

10. Sang along with Khe San. – I knew all the lyrics in Uni – it being played every time we went to the Uni pub

11. Drank VB. – again – Uni

12. Visited Sydney. – and living there

13. Have seen a shark. – only in aquarium or Banjo sharks

14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation. – unsure if its English or Aussie though

15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian.

16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach. – does the parcel of paper count?

17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Never, Never, Never.

18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down.- many times – childhood beach holiday house

19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson’s. – Yup – (Its a painting – very beautiful – in a pub – not so beautiful – opposite Flinders St station in Melbourne)

20. Slept on an overnight train or bus. – overnight sleeper train is my preferred means of getting from anywhere to anywhere

21. Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras

22. Have gone bush-bashing.

23. Taken a sickie.

24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football. – and was massively surprised I liked it…

25. Have seen wild camels.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Done a Tim Tam Slam. (You can do it with KitKats too, it’s not as good but)

28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne.

29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Held a wombat.

32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more.

33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person.

34. Had a really bad sunburn. – not quite sure how this is Aussie – but had full on blisters and tan lines from it for 10 years or so

35. Visited an Aboriginal community.

36. Seen a redback spider. – grew up in the ‘nongs…kind of hard to avoid

37. Have watched Paul Hogan.

38. Seen Blue Poles in person. – admittedly I don’t really like his art that much…

39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback. – see where I grew up…

40. Eaten Vegemite.

41. Thrown a boomerang. – Aborigional Studies in grade 6

42. Seen the Kimberleys.

43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift.

44. Been to Perth. – lived there for a year

45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters. – nom nom nom

46. Tried playing a didgeridoo.

47. Seen dinosaur footprints.

48. Eaten Tim Tams.

49. Been to Darwin.

50. Touched a kangaroo.

51. Visited the Great Barrier Reef.

52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson. – unfortunately

53. Killed a Cane Toad.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Have read and own books by Australian authors. – Kerry Greenwood – Very Good Author

56. Visited Adelaide.

57. Know the story behind “Eternity”. wha??

58. Been camping. – far too many times

59. Visited Brisbane.

60. Been in an outback pub.

61. Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means.

62. Gone whale watching.  – not specifically but have watched whales

63. Listened to Slim Dusty. – sigh.

64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series.

65. Sang along to Down Under. – love it :)

66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road. – I blame my parents

67. Eaten a 4′n’20 pie. – a massive dissapointment at age 10

68. Surfed at Bondi.

69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day. – sigh, yes.

70. Visited Hobart.

71. Eaten kangaroo.

72. Seen a quokka.

73. Visited Canberra.

74. Visited rainforests.

75. Used a Victa lawnmower.

6. Travelled on a tram in Adelaide.

77. Used a Hills hoist.

78. Visited Kata Tjuta – what?

79. Used native Australian plants in cooking.

80. Visited the snow. For two seasons

81. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford.

82. Visited the desert.

83. Been water skiing.

84. Read The Phantom.

85. Visited Parliament House.

86. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting.

87. Crossed the Nullarbor.

88. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles.

89. Listened to AC/DC. – oh dear.

90. Called someone a dag. – It is my term of endearment

91. Voted in a Federal Election. – but I take no responsibility for the results

92. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags.

93. Had a possum in your roof. – for about the first 13 years of my life.

94. Visited the outback.

95. Travelled over corrugated roads. – yup

96. Hit a kangaroo while driving.

97. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage.

98. Seen an emu. – chased by one for my ice cream – childhood trauma – hate them now.

99. Have woken to the smell of bushfires. – Ash Wednesday

100. Patted a pure-bred dingo.

101. Seen the Oils live.



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3 responses to “Aussie things I have done (thank you Thea)

  1. Wow! You’re not doing badly! quite a few already done on that list! Blog about the others as you do them!

  2. Oh, I’m so glad you did this too!
    Wow, you’ve done heaps. x

  3. Amongst others,
    55. Patrick White was a favourite for quite a while – must go back and re-read him. And Peter Carey, of course.
    89. Actually, Highway To Hell was a key text of my high school years.

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