Missing Australia Already

From the airplane: 

 

Smashed avocado toast for brekky on a late Sunday in a trendy corner café - one of thousands like it in the city, but each quaint and unique in its own way...

Muesli bowls with coconut yoghurt and rhubarb compote... 

Pie shops and bakeries in the suburbs with lamingtons, meat pies, and sausages... 

Window coffee shops like "Pronto" in the CBD with lines of business-clad Aussies stretching around the block, all waiting for their cappuccinos and double flat whites... 

Blue buses and opal cards, ferry commutes and clean, quiet trains, "Tap Off Here"... Hailing buses with an outstretched hand like a New York City cab... Young finance guys coming to bars straight from work in their blue button-downs. The clean-shaven look but you'll find them on their surfboards at Bondi every morning.. 

Vodka lime sodas, espresso martinis, kahlua - bailey's lemonades, learning to be a bar tender the hard way...

Gourmet, organic burgers, "Moo Burgers", the burger joint culture in general, and pub food... sweet chips, tomAto sauce, aranci... 

Pubs! they don't exist in the U.S.! What are they? Not restaurants, not just bars... 

Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, the strong wind over the cliff landscape...tidal pools and crashing waves, dogs splashing in the crevices of shallow water, the beach pools at Bronte and Icebergs, waves spewing over the sides, dragging us under every other breath, laughing as we gasp for air... 

Mardi Gras and gay bars and all of my pink and blue-haired bartender friends... 

Late nights with Bella at Middle Bar or Marquee, eating bamboo charcoal toast at 3am and talking into the early hours... 

Artsty, trendy, hippie Newtown with its second-hand book stores, vintage clothing shops, thai-eat ins, vegan gelato, flashing, neon light signs for burgers. At night, all lit up, teens in skinny jeans and Hawaiian shirts with beards and scruffy hair... 

The city dwellers and the Westies, the townies, the people from Blacktown or The Shire. A complete judge of character depending on whether you live in the Eastern suburbs, the Inner West, or the North Shore.