01/26/2009 75 °F
January 26th is Australia Day, a day of national pride that commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove, and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Australia Day is analogous to the 4th of July, a day off work intended to be spent drinking a beer, lighting fireworks, and grilling out. Our friend Rob was having a party and invited us to come along. It was slightly ironic that we were going to an Australia Day party hosted by two Americans, but it was going to be a good time. Rob also had an awesome view of Darling Harbor from his apartment (the harbor is where the TV announcers, dancers, and fireworks were going to be). Here's a picture of Rob and Dawn.
We went to Pyrmont (next suburb over from Glebe) and walked up to Rob's apartment. After picking up some of the finger food that had been laid out, I made my way out onto the patio to check out the view. I knew then that we had come to the right place for an Australia Day party, the largest grill I had seen in Australia lay waiting on the balcony. Rob had tray upon tray of uncooked meat, my mouth began to water.
Later in the evening (after several beers, a piece of steak AND a piece of chicken, and a piece of buttered bread with sprinkles on it), we claimed our spot on the balcony to see the fireworks. A boat parade preceded several dance routines on a floating barge, the national anthem was sung, and the fireworks were let loose. It was a good show, but I was glad I could witness it from the dry balcony as a light rain began to fall.
After the fireworks, the rest of the party began watching the Australian Open tennis event. Andy, Jeff, Dawn, and I lingered on the patio to take in the view and enjoy the cool air. The last week had been broiling in Sydney, temperatures staying in the 90s & 100s around the clock. Hoping that the cooler air was also cooling the inside of our apartment back home, I looked forward to not sleeping in a puddle of sweat.
PS - Before someone rails me for not having lamb on Australia Day, I think I had some pig-in-a-blankets made from lamb sausage.