Laugh along with me as I share stories of my life as a transplanted American now living in Australia. This is a light-hearted look at adjusting to a new life in a new country. Perfect reading whether you live in Australia, are considering a move or trip to Australia or just love this beautiful country of Oz. Australians will also enjoy seeing their country thru a foreigner's eyes. #yankinaustralia #humor #Australia #American #Aussielingo #travel
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I have a question to throw out into the great cosmic void…
“Why, oh dear God, WHY is it okay to wear budgie smugglers in public, in Australia?” Not
only are these skin-tight, band-aid sized pieces of fabric worn, but they are
worn PROUDLY! I mean…what’s up with that?!
I grew up always being aware of the existence of this
particularly miniscule-sized item of men’s clothing. After all, Ken (Barbie’s
boyfriend) wore them! They have also been famously worn by super heroes like Superman. (With the body to pull it off I might add!) And to be fair, these garments are worn today by
competitive swimmers, but even then they have a specific place and purpose for
On my recent trip to Lorne, Victoria, Australia April 2012
What exactly, is a budgie smuggler, you ask? Well, Americans
know them generically as Speedos! Aussie’s affectionately refer to them as
“a-4-letter-word-rhyming-with-Rick bathers!” Yes, that’s right! When you wander
out onto the iconic beaches of Australia
to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful white sand beaches and blue ocean waves, you
might also find yourself unintentionally ogling an Aussie man, butt naked,
except for the postage-sized swimsuit covering his…uh…er… “budgie!” Instead of
gazing upon the gorgeous, scenic surf and sand, you might find yourself wanting
to look the other way!
At this point I find it necessary to defend the men of Australia.
Fortunately not all of them feel it is important to parade their “stuff” on the
public beaches in front of women and children. In fact, most of them do not!
(For which I am most grateful!) Most are wise enough to know that they could
potentially scar children for life! Besides, what’s the point of wearing one if
we are too embarrassed to look!
I grew up at the beach…a tourist destination on the Oregon coast, and I can
honestly say that in spite of growing up there, I managed to go throughout my
life without being “blessed” by seeing a Speedo worn in public! So why is it
that some Aussie men find sharing their glorious naked bodies with God and
everyone a totally respectable thing to do? I mean, where’s the Australian
tourism industry when you need them???!
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