I am in love with Australia so far, I really am, But it takes some getting used to when you’ve done things a certain way your entire life, only to have everything you know turned upside down. There are a handful of things about home that I do crave on a regular basis.
Clothes and makeup are way more expensive, to the point that I’ve turned to thrifting (which is huge in my hipster town of Newtown) and am asking my mom to bring a suitcase of goods to me when she comes to visit. You’re looking at $12 for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; $20 for a bottle of Essie, and $30 for a case of Coke. Thank goodness for having the lady parts because liquour is ridiculously expensive. $60 for a bottle of vodka!
2. Mexican Food
No tacos, no margaritas, no chips and salsa. They do have Mad Mex and Taco Bills, but it is no Chipotle or Taco Bell. And obviously no authentic Mexican, as Australia does not share a border as we do. However, they have a million and one Thai, Indian, and Sushi joints.
How am I expected to throw my 3rd annual Cinco de Drinko birthday fiesta this year?!
Halloween is just recently starting to catch on but kids don’t trick-or-treat and I surely won’t be needing 4 costumes this year.
5. Online shopping
7. Fast, reliable internet & free wifi
8. The letter “Z”
9. Opposite/lack of seasons
10. Shopping hours
11. Restaurant service
12. Central heating & air
13. Pumpkin spice
14. Drip coffee
15. American boys
17. Salty sweet combo
18. Portion Sizes
19. Counting drinks
20. Family and friends
With the 14 hour time difference (soon to be 16), people at home are never awake when I am free from work for the night.
Things I don’t miss
1. The “American Bubble”
It is very easy to live in the states and have no idea what is going on anywhere else in the world. Except of course for all the drama going on in the middle east. It’s interesting how everyone else in the world knows about America and yet we could possibly know nothing about them.