Australian things I can’t live without…
Sometimes it can be tough living so far away from home and family, but for MELISSA SHORTAL who has lived in London for quite some years now, she has become acclimatised to being away from Australia. There are however, some Australian bits and pieces that she just can’t live without and because of their fabulousness she felt the need to share them with you.
By Melissa Shortal
Lucas Papaw Ointment
This little multi-purpose gem has been a long standing obsession of mine, mainly because it makes the BEST lip balm ever. It’s a natural remedy made in Queensland from 100% papaya and its uses are endless (seriously, this is what the packaging says: burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, splinters, wounds, rashes, insect bites and nappy rash). I really couldn’t overstate its brilliance here if I tried. I pretty much have a tube of papaw on hand at all times- handbag, bedside table, work desk, bathroom cabinet- and I wouldn’t go on holiday without it. It’s readily available in all chemists and supermarkets in Australia but you will have to go online to get it in the UK. Get yourself a tube asap – you know what they say, if it’s good enough for Miranda Kerr…
Melbourne coffee is the best. There, I’ve said it – it’s a fact. The cafe culture in Melbourne is world class, and I love going to cute cafes when I’m at home and reading a magazine over a flat white which is a small, strong and smooth white coffee. Happily, the flat white phenomenon has recently spread to London and there are now a few places where you can get a great coffee here. My favourites are Lantana on Charlotte Place and Flat White on Berwick St – both of them are Australian so you can have a little taste of the cafe culture from Down Under right in the heart of London.
Whenever I take a trip home to Australia I’m usually on the lookout for some new swimmers (or swimming costume/bathers to non-Aussies). Australia has some brilliant swimwear brands- I think the best, but I am probably biased. I think Aussie swimmers are generally better quality and the patterns and designs are a little bit more exciting. My favourite brands are Seafolly and Tigerlily. I also picked up a great one-piece at Country Road last time I was home. Swimmers from these places are probably slightly more pricey than in the UK, but if you look after them properly (never put them in the washing machine, people – only rinse under cold water!) they’ll last for ages.
I hope this has made you want to visit Australia, or at least enjoy the finer points of home! Writing it has made me a little bit homesick!
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