Impressions of Australia
Over the last year or so my husband has lived in rural Australia. Here are some of his impressions of Australia (he listed them to me).
Firstly, always be prepared with beer in the fridge- or if you are visiting someone, even if it seems unlikely, bring a six-pack just in case (conclusion: Australians are always happy if you arrive with beer or can offer them one).
Secondly, drink tea. He has taken a liking to Lady Grey, however we have been through Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe and 'normal' black tea. Also one must know how to make tea ( i.e. you must stir the milk and usually remove the teabag).
When you visit someone, it is rarely for an hour or a cup of tea, more usually you will have driven for three hours and you will be spending the night, or perhaps days with them (especially family). When people say they will come and visit they often mean they will stay for a few days (because it is so far to travel in the first place). This is a good thing, and means people are used to welcoming visitors into their home for extended periods.
Buy a pair if blundstones, or some shoes that you can work in, walk through mud and wet ground in and you can easily take off when you get to the door.
There maybe at any time a green tree frog in the toilet or the letterbox or some other disconcerting place.
When people say it is 'a bit cold' or a 'bit of a worry' or they feel a 'bit unwell'- they are understating the fact. Understatement is the name of the game.
Australians don't say NO very often (unlike Israelis!), they don't like to be flatly contradicted.
Australians don't mind stopping to help other people, or taking responsibility for a problem if it arises in a public place (e.g. taking trees off the road etc.).
There is a reason to have a four-wheel drive car.
Learn about spiders and snakes (don't touch them).
Four channels is enough.
Everything closes early (especially restaurants).
That is all for the moment!