* A Chiko Roll (no-one said this was going to be a gourmet list)
* Sausage Roll
* Chocolate Paddle Pop
* KFC Zinger Burger with cheese & bacon (I know they have KFC in America but it is different – really it is!)
* Fish & Chips – eaten out of newspaper on the beach.
* Cadbury chocolate (in America it is made under License by Hershey's and just doesn't taste "right")
* Hamburger with The Lot – from a small town cafe! (not the same as a trendy cafe believe me!)
Things I would LIKE to have while home (mostly unlikely):
* Balmain Bugs
* Tasmanian scallops
* King Island Brie (probable)
* Dinner at Tetsuya's (if I win a lottery)
Things I look forward to:
* Renting a car – because we don't own one in America
* Driving on the left hand side of the road and it being okay!
* Saying I am going to buy "petrol"
* Having people in shops call me "love" not because I particularly like it, but because it makes me feel at home.
* Having colourful money in my wallet. (the green $100 note is missing …..)
Now before you think you can print, photocopy & counterfeit our money……
Australia's money is made of a non-porous polymer with a specially developed protective coating – so they are basically plastic. The notes stay cleaner, they don't absorb moisture and they last on average 4-5 times longer in circulation, with the plastic $5 note lasting for around 40 months, compared to 6 months for the paper $5. (my $5 must be nearing the end of its circulation I think!). The polymer substrate has properties similar to paper so that conventional printing techniques are used to apply ink to the surface. The major security measure of our notes is the see-through window which makes the plastic money difficult to reproduce on scanners and copiers.
And ….. our money is green in the environmental sense ….. once it does wear out, polymer money is recycled into plastic products such as compost bins and plumbing fittings. Now isn't that a cool thing?