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!
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It is pretty easy to assimilate in Australia, especially living in a town rather than a city. People are so friendly it makes it pretty easy to get by — usually people ask you if you’re okay before you need to ask for help!
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!
Australia is a lot like The States. It is awesome that our first expat assignment is an English speaking country. I feel like this really eliminated the culture shock. Neither of us really experienced shock.
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
I love the fact that Australia has integrated multiculturalism better than any other country I have come across. If I need a fix of English accents, I only need to take a ride on the Manly ferry into the center of Sydney from where I live.
I loved Australia and its way of living. I never had problems with adapting and blending in with the locals. I felt very welcomed and accommodated by pretty much almost everyone I met. Maybe I was just lucky, but maybe it solely depends on what you really want to see outside your world and what you seek.
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.
Everything has turned out pretty well for me and I did not have any trouble or any regrets ever of making the move away from Germany. I feel that I am where I need to be.
You can be sure you’ll enjoy your new life here as people and life are really relaxed, you tend to become laid back like Australians. Make sure to try their favorite food before going back home (if you go back!): vegemite, kangaroo meat, schnitzels, and meat pies.
I think the move has been easier than we expected it to be. We have all adjusted more quickly than we thought we would, because Tasmania is such a welcome place. We wouldn’t change anything that we did.