Shoe bust a near blun­der

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A true blue sand­groper has been left at a loss in a for­eign land fac­ing one of the ul­ti­mate Aus­tralian catas­tro­phes.

Sarah Mullen is on the Euro­pean ad­ven­ture of a life­time and all was go­ing well un­til Mon­day night when she busted a plugga walk­ing the streets of Madrid dur­ing the La Paloma Street Festival.

The thongs were bought in Dar­win be­fore tak­ing the trip across the drink to Europe and were re­port­edly in tip-top shape.

To Ms Mullen’s ut­ter dev­as­ta­tion, she dis­cov­ered the plug had bro­ken in half, mean­ing a bread clip would be of no use.

Ms Mullen said while she did not think too much of it at first, it quickly dawned on her not wear­ing shoes was not ac­cept­able out­side of Aus­tralia.

“My first thought when I felt the road cush­ion my bare foot was ‘ahh, I'm home!’ It was like be­ing back in Straya, if only for a mo­ment,” she said.

“Luck­ily for me it was 11pm and every­one was busy drink­ing and danc­ing the salsa.

“I even en­coun­tered a ‘shoe five’ with a ran­dom whilst pass­ing by, which I took as an ex­change of re­spect.”

Ms Mullen said she would be vis­it­ing the Aus­tralian Em­bassy for sup­port, and ex­pected this to be dealt with as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity.

Pic­ture: Sarah Mullen

Sarah Mullen and her busted plugga.

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