Monday, 9 September 2013

Street cred

10 things I have learned about getting used to life in Australia.
1. All money is both brightly colored and tear/water proof. It's indestructible! $1 and $2 coins are also forms of currency.

2. Not only do people drive on the left side of the road, but they also keep to the left side of the sidewalk/hallway/staircase. Can't explain how many awkward encounters I've had with other pedestrians.
3. Toilet water does indeed spin the other way. Bathroom doors also have instructions on how to use toilets like this one...
4. Music videos play anywhere and everywhere. Australians love to see the music they're listening to I guess! On a screen at a club, at a kebab kiosk on the side of the road, in stores, on planes, even at the gym. Here's a Missy Elliot video from probably 2005 playing in a clothing store.

5. You get picked out in class as "that American" when you raise your hand after the teacher asks who completed the reading assignment for class that day.
6. Most public bathrooms do not provide soap to wash your hands with, hand sanitizer is necessary!
7. Public outdoor grills are everywhere for general use in outdoor spaces.
8. An Australian accent may not be the best voice to listen to when taking a relaxing yoga class.
9. The cheapest, most prevalent form of alcohol is boxed wine, which is called Goon. It comes in silvery bags, a goon sack. One is pictured here, in the background.

10 It is not uncommon to walk through the campus bar between 10 and 11 am and see people sharing pitchers of beer and playing pool. 10AM!

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