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Recommended Expat Blogs: Australia
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Australia:
Use this time abroad to try new things, perhaps out of your comfort zone. Since moving here, I’ve taken up surfing, knitting, writing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, and yoga, and several of those are things I never thought I’d try (or even want to try!).
I had no culture shock, but I had to get used to different lingo, such as arvo, cheers, mate, no worries, etc. I find people on the whole more pleasant here but also sometimes more aloof. I’m from the East Coast, where people do everything fast; it’s not like that here. Even for a city, I find Sydney so much slower-paced. Shops and restaurants close early and some places aren’t open on weekends. I think having less convenience is a thing I’ve had to get used to.
When we arrived in Sydney we were staying at Unit 1, Number 15 Dundas Street. The Australian address format represents this as 1/15 Dundas Street. I didn’t know this and the computer printout I had removed the “/”. We arrived at 7am looking for 115 Dundas Street and managed to wake the entire neighborhood before finding our short term rental property. We got there in the end because we’d caused such a commotion that the agent meeting us came out to find out what was going on!
I walk to work and back home across the Harbour Bridge every day. I go to Starbucks every morning for coffee on the way to work (old habits die hard). I’m still not accustomed to the humidity in the morning, so by the time I get across the bridge I’m pouring sweat. Literally. So one day I get into Starbucks and the barista takes one look at me and says, “Is it really that hot out???” Everyone turns to check me out. I was mortified. You might have had to be there.
If possible come for a visit before you move over, and visit a couple of cities to make sure you settle in the place you feel comfortable in. We for example visited Sydney, and although a beautiful city, it was far too big for our taste, and we would have to live way out of town to be able to afford a house.
Australian people are really friendly and welcoming. I've had bad expat experiences in other countries where people weren't very friendly, but never in Australia. That definitely helps take the edge off the "outsider" feeling you can have in a new place.
I didn’t realize how expensive Perth was until I got here. Even my husband who’s been to Perth several times in the past found the price of everything here was shocking and a lot different from 3 years a go when he visited the city the last time.
To save on money, we tried to pack as little as possible. However, we didn’t factor in how much more expensive items were in Australia than in the United States. In the end, I think we would have been better off spending the money to ship more of our belongings. Plus, it made it hard to adjust to a new apartment – it felt very sterile without our books, photos and mementos.
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