Its perfect walking distance from home and allows me the flexibility to continue working on my own personal projects and Arbonne business. While all is good, don't be disillusioned that moving to a foreign country is as easy as microwaved popcorn.
Here are a few things I've found extremely challenging and or confusing:
- Foreign banking: If you are going to work in Australia, you will need to set up a bank account and file for an Australian Tax Number in order to file your Australian tax return. I didn't find very many options for USA- International banking institutions that could meet my needs to manage funds without high fees and or transfer rates. But this is definitely something to look into when you start planning your move.
- Customer Service (as a whole, does not compare to American standards). I think part of this is cultural. Tipping is not compulsory and the minimum wage is much higher so the service is often more than not mediocre to less than satisfactory. Meaning.... HAVE PATIENCE. Joey's parents went to a cafe and sat down for 30 minutes without being greeted... In general business items just seem to take longer in Australia.
- Different brand names for everything, specifically medication.
- Different names for food ie. Cilantro = Coriander and Bell Peppers = Capsicum
- Sports: Football is not American Football. There's Australian Football (AFL), various types of Rugby, which I have not even begun to wrap my head around...Ruby Union vs Rugby League, plus Cricket, not to mention Net Ball, looks something like basketball, but different to which I scratched my head and said, "huh?
- Aussie humor: I've heard a million times, "don't be offended, we're just joking". Over all Aussie humor seems to be more brash than American humor. It can seem crude or offensive but I'm learning that Aussies are very light hearted and will "have a go" at anything.
I'm sure as time progresses there will be more, but hopefully the list will diminish as I become more accustomed to things here.