Unlike previous years, where Simon and I would spend Jan 26 in the sun counting down the Triple J’s Hottest 100 at Jess’s, this Australia Day was -17 degress and snowing.
Despite this, we headed to Hemingways, a pub in the Yorkville district, where a couple of hundred other expat Aussies had gathered to enjoy a few pints and a rousing rendition of the Australian anthem.
There were no meat pies and we were drinking Canadian beer but the atmosphere was great and the Aussie accents made us feel right at home. There was a lot of story telling, banter about the cricket and for a brief period Simon became a sought after commodity when it was discovered he knew most of the words to Waltzing Matilda.
Hope all at home enjoyed their Australia Day. Unfortunately its not a long weekend for us, but a good night was had, followed by a lazy Saturday at home out of the snow.