I’m from Sydney and I’ve spent a year touring Europe – here’s everything I can’t wait to come back to (and I bet all Australians will agree)

An Australian has revealed the long list of activities and foods she’s looking forward to being reunited after a year away in Europe.

Lauren from Sydney has traveled to various ‘dream places’ such as England, Greece, Italy and more during her year abroad.

But the travelers’ thoughts kept returning to home and all the things they had missed since they left.

Her list included chips from Red Rock Deli, quality Australian coffee, spending time in the fresh produce department at Coles, strolling the aisles at Kmart and munching on chicken salt.

She also missed legendary Aussies Tim Tams and Bunnings – and vowed to head to their nearest location to sizzle a sausage as soon as they landed.

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Adding to the grocery list was that Lauren failed to drink a lemon-lime with bitters “in three seconds,” eat a Woolworths chocolate mud cake, and “rid the entire bakery of all sausage rolls and meat pies.”

There were also several other aspects of her European trip that shocked her.

The Sydney woman said overseas feminine hygiene products felt ‘medieval’ and didn’t work properly – making much of her trip uncomfortable.

Public etiquette was also completely different – Lauren was unaware of the fact that people walk on different sides of the street.

“I miss having a designated walkway and saying hello to everyone I pass,” she wrote.

Lauren's list included chips from Red Rock Deli and quality Australian coffee

The Sydney woman also missed spending time in Coles' fresh produce department

Lauren’s list included Red Rock Deli chips, quality Australian coffee, time in the fresh produce department at Coles and a walk down the aisles at Kmart

Many other expats and travelers shared their own lists of Australian favourites.

“I’ve lived in the UK without lemon, lime or bitters for four years – it’s been hell,” said one woman.

“I have dreams of Woolies mud pie sometimes,” wrote another.

“I miss having a certain side of the path to walk on – I get shoulder checks all the time in London,” said a Melbourne woman.

“Oh I miss so much a Woolies dish and all the dips – where in the UK do you get spring onions or hot peppers?” asked another.

What do expats miss most when leaving Australia?

Red Rock Deli chips

Tim Tam strikes

chicken salt

Lemon, lime and bitter substances

Woolworths mud pies


supermarket hook

Australian coffee

Spicy paprika dips

Bunnings sausage sizzles

Janice Dean

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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