After being in the ‘land down under’ for almost 18 months, I thought it was about time I shared some insights about this magical land we call Australia. Back in the day when I was about to set off on my trip of a life time to South East Asia and Australia, I had a very distorted and unrealistic view of this country. I guess all us Brits have to base our assumptions on is endless Neighbours and Home and Away episodes that we had to sit through when growing up. So for those planning a backpacking trip or even thinking about moving over here, here’s a couple of pointers to make sure you’re full prepared for the Aussie lifestyle.
Disclaimer: This is not a written attack on Australia/Australians – I love it here! There’s just a couple of things we need to clear up…
It gets cold in winter, seriously
“Oh yeah, it’s always hot in Australia” – LIES, IT’S ALL LIES I TELL YOU. Sorry to burst your bubble guys but it’s not all sunshine and BBQs in winter here. It was 2 degrees in Melbourne the other day so don’t believe the hype and pack your thermals.
There’s a whole new meaning to breakfast
Yes, it’s called Brunch, and it’s a big deal here. Breakfast will never be the same again. Say goodbye to your greasy fry ups and hello to poached eggs on sourdough with smashed avo. Delish.
If you want to live here, you’ve got to learn to speak like the locals
If Aussies can abbreviate word they will. They also have a bunch of other random words they use which you’ll slowly find yourself saying. Let me give you a couple of examples:
Afternoon = Arvo
Registration = Rego
Sandwich = Sanga
McDonalds = Maccas
Sausages = Snags
Loads/Lots of = Heaps
Most sports played with a ball = Footy
It’s about 2 years behind of the rest of the world
It’s like living in the dark ages here sometimes. It sucks, we’re like the younger step brother in the fashion and technology world getting all the shitty hand-me-downs once Europe and America are done with them. Thank God for ASOS.
The more north you go, the weirder it gets
It’s a whole new world up there, or shall I say it’s more like the 1960s. If you like your fashion, music and pop culture then stick to Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.
They have their own equivalent of the British Chav
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to “The Bogan”. Just Google it.
Aussie TV is crap
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can sit in on a weekend and tune into some Saturday night TV, it’s not happening – Aussie TV sucks and it’s a cruel reality. You’re better off investing in a Netflix account.
Nobody drinks Fosters
It’s a myth. Nobody drinks it! You’ll probably get a smack in the face if you ask for it in a bar as well.