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Thongs

No, not thong underwear. We’re talking about flip-flops or jandals.

Aussies love to wear thongs and have for over 50 years. According to Wikipedia:

“Thongs became popular in Australia after being worn by the Australian Olympic swimming team at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956.”

Even during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, Kylie Minogue rode to the stage on a giant thong

When they aren’t going barefoot, I’ve seen Aussies wearing thongs everywhere Down Under, and this is possibly because roughly 80% of the population lives within 50 km {approximately 30 miles} of the beach. And keep in mind that you can get away with wearing thongs almost anywhere down here.

Single or double pluggers?
According to Urban Dictionary:

“The highest standard of thongs, these have two plugs though the sole on each side.  If the pair has only one plug through the sole, then they’re only good for showers.  With two plugs you can wear them out to dinner, to the pub, a wedding, a funeral…”

Seasonal attire?
Some Aussies would probably wear them all year, if they could. Even on one cold winter day in Sydney, which was about 10°C {that’s 50°F}, I saw a woman on the train who was wearing a pair of thongs. However you’ll more likely to see thongs worn in the Sydney-area from September through April at the beach and around town.

The brands:
· Havaianas
· TEVA
· Cobian
· Quiksilver/Roxy
· Crocs

There are more, but the most popular brand of thongs seem to be Havaianas.

Aussie Flag Thong

Aussie Thong Inflatable Pool Floaty-thingy

What do I think?
At first, it was tough for me to say “thongs.” I kept thinking of the “Thong Song” by Sisqo… I’m over that now.

I now own 3 pairs of thongs, which is also the total amount of pairs I’d owned in my entire life before coming to Australia, plus I have 2 pairs of terry cloth terry towelling thongs for around the house. I don’t like to wear thongs everyday because it’s bad for the feet, but I certainly have adopted them into my wardrobe. The pairs I own range from laid-back, just plain black or brown, to dressy, bedazzled with embellishments.

I believe I’m starting to fit in Down Under…

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A snag on the barbie

Aussies love sausages and, to avoid any further confusion, it’s best to know that they call them “snags” and “bangers.”

They are available in a plethora of flavors flavours, such as:

· Sun Dried Tomato & Basil
· Honey Macadamia Chicken
· Beef, Mushroom & Garlic
· Moroccan Lamb
· Apricot Chicken  

Australians will eat their sausages with mash {Aussie for “mashed potatoes”} and they call this “bangers and mash,” which is also an English-thing, but more commonly they’ll eat their sausage wrapped in a slice of bread, which they’ll usually call a “banger sanger,” smothered with grilled onions and either tomato sauce or barbecue sauce. Sausage sandwiches are often sold for fundraising purposes outside of hardware stores like Bunnings or at a sporting event, and they call this a sausage sizzle.” Aussies also eat sausage rolls and these are wrapped in a flaky pastry and available at takeaway shops.

Saveloy:
Another English-thing the Aussies like, and known colloquially by Aussies as “savs,” saveloys are a seasoned hot dog-like sausage. They are boiled and served in a slice of bread or in a bread roll with tomato sauce.  A “battered sav” is a battered saveloy which has been battered, deep fried and served with tomato sauce.  A “battered sav” is usually also available at fish and chip shops.

“Battered sav” also carries another meaning in Aussie slang.  During their commentary of the Sydney 2000 Olympics games, Australian comedic duo Roy & HG on “The Dream” redefined “battered sav” as a gymnast move where, in some movements, a male gymnast pushes his groin to the floor and “batters” his “sav”…

How to properly cook a sausage on the barbie:
Usually Aussies cook their sausages on the barbie, and the best way to cook them is slowly over a mild heat without piercing the skin.  For best results, poach the sausages in a pan of water {or beer} on a low, steadily simmering heat for about 30 minutes. Then, using tongs, put the sausages on the cold grill and set the barbie temperature to low heat.  Be sure to cook them thoroughly, and cook them evenly by turning them often.

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