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Thursday, December 07, 2006

TT#3 Australia

Thirteen Things I love about Australia

1. The light here is always very very bright, summer and winter, so even if the days are not that long, it is easy to get your required dose of light. No more winter depressions!

2. Nature is awesome. Although the Netherlands has deer, wild hogs, seals, rabbits, all kinds of rodents, fish and birds, it is not quite the same. For instance, you can spot kangaroos here daily, whereas it might take you years to find a wild deer. The hundreds of different birds, the roos, the iguana's, the camels, the echidna's, the koala's, the wombats, the crocodiles, the whales, etc, etc. I must admit the spiders are either too big or too deadly. So are the snakes. We're trying to avoid them.

3. There is just so much space here! You must come from a really crowded country, as I did, to fully appreciate this vast emptiness. The endless rainforests, the endless coastal line with empty beaches, the immense desert. As I said: nature is awesome.

4. Fruit is so much better than in cold Europe. The farmers market on Saturday provides you with fresh seasonal produce for a few dollars and it tastes all great. Since the cyclone earlier this year, the banana's have been 13 dollars a kilo, so we're missing out on those, but everything else: fantastic!

5. Veggies are rather interesting. Even if they have the same name, like spinach, it is a totally different species than what we were used too. Makes you creative while cooking.

6. There are a lot more Asians here and so there are lots of good Asian supermarkets and Asian restaurants. Thai, Indian, Malay, Singaporean, Korean, (vegetarian) Vietnamese, Chinese ... you name it, it is there. And not for posh expensive prices as in Europe. Am I to focused on food here???

7. If a public holiday falls in a weekend, you get the next Monday off ....

8. We learned how to grow veggies here, because our cousin has an organic veggie plot. So, now I know what rocket salad looks like while still growing and I can tie up broadbeans and harvest cherry tomatoes. Weeding is a bit tricky, because some veggies I might classify as weeds. But I'll learn.

9. Every park here has free BBQ's and there are clean public toilets everywhere. Very relaxed when you want to spend a day outdoors, but don't want to rough it. Or if you're with people who need to pee often, e.g. while being pregnant.

10. People are actually quite relaxed in sharing things as public BBQ's. You get into friendly conversation instead of having to fight for you half hour. If lucky, you get advice on how to cook your sausages too.

11. I like the houses here, because they are mostly groundlevel and surrounded by gardens. The fact that most Aussies have no clue on interior decorating, or gardening for that matter, doesn't matter. We made our own house quite cosy. Had to make a trip to Ikea though, which is 4 hours away.

12. A lot of our aunts, uncles and cousins live here and it is great to get to know them better.

13. I always wanted to experience living abroad and hey, I'm doing it!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. sharala

2. susan

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  • At 6:39 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Here is my link. http://sharala.blogspot.com/2006/12/thursday-thirteen-to-and-from-work-in.html
    It sounds like Australia is a great place to live. I was in Melbourne and Sydney many years ago on a vacation and would love to return for a longer visit and see more of the continent.
    Have fun.

  • At 7:01 pm , Blogger Susan said...

    very cool TT - I know nothing about Australia and have always been very curious - your perspective is great!

  • At 8:03 pm , Blogger Brony said...

    I loved Australia.

    Happy TT!

  • At 8:26 pm , Blogger Tug said...

    I remember LONG ago when my aunt & uncle moved there - ketchup was runny tomatoe saucey...HA. Great list, Happy TT!

  • At 9:17 pm , Blogger Taconcubano said...

    Haha, they still call it tomato sauce and when I forget and ask for 'ketchup' I get really funny looks. Apparently I'm more influenced by the US than I thought.

  • At 3:23 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wouldn't it be great to introduce #7 over here?!
    Thanks for visiting my TT. :-)


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