Happy Australia Day!

Today, January 26, is the national day of Australia. Like most nations, the country I now call home didn’t spring fully formed as it is today. Australia Day marks the settling of Europeans on these shore, celebrating the date in 1788 on which the British first fleet landed in Sydney Harbour. I acknowledge the thorny issues of history and colonialisation, but leave them for others to consider.

What’s certain is that Australia is a thriving, exciting, unique country today. I like it and its people. I feel lucky to be here and to have the chance to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to exploring more of it and seeing it grow.

It’s far from perfect, and I think it’s still going through a process of maturation as a nation. It’s still, in its present form, a very young country.

But it’s definitely a great place that’s worthy of celebration. That means barbecuing everything I can get my hands on today, drinking some beers, and watching the normally sedate and industrious ferries race madly down the harbour.

Happy Australia Day, all.

Photo from Melork via Creative Commons license


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