Audrey Christine

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Travel

CULTURE SHOCK


So I've moved just a few times within the last couple years...well actually quite a lot if you count the 4 moves in the last 18 months:
1) Newport Beach 9mo rental - New Beach rental
2) Orange County, CA-East Bay CA 
3) East Bay- Wollstonecraft, Sydney, Australia 
4) Wollstonecraft- Arncliffe, Sydney Australia

And not to bore you with details, even had a couple moves in between so I guess I thought I would be well prepared for my move across the big pond. Here are a few snapshots of differences that I've noticed from where I've been, to where I've gone, and where I am currently.

EAST BAY CALIFORNIA






WOLLSTONECRAFT, NSW, AUSTRALIA


 ARNCLIFFE, NSW AUSTRALIA





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Good news, I've survived my first month in Sydney! After getting over the flu, I am happy to report that I have found a part time job at EDDIE WOOD, a new menswear brand as their social media, web, and relieving store manager.



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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3.  Different brand names for everything, specifically medication.
  4. Different names for food ie. Cilantro = Coriander and Bell Peppers = Capsicum 
  5. 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? 
  6. 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.

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Or rather G'day Mate! I just wanted to share a bit of what I've been up to now that I've landed in Sydney. My first week unfortunately I caught the travel bug, however Joey and I managed to escape to Sussex Inlet caravan parks to spend some time in the great outdoors and quarantine my germs from his family.

Joey and Me!
Lake Conjola is absolutely beautiful. Parts are shallow enough with a sandbar in the middle that you can walk out to. I can't wait to come back during summer with a couple of beach chairs and a pic nic cooler of goodies and plop myself down in the middle of the lake.



Happy Roos


The RSL

Sussex Inlet is a quaint little town perfect for a little getaway with great access to beaches, national parks, hiking AKA bush walking, kayaking, and just a little R&R. For your non camper, this is really perfect. Forget the tents, shrub toilets, and cold showers, the Sussex Inlet caravan parks are walking distance to the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) for a reasonable dinner and go at the pokies, or as Americans would call them, slot machines.

Devonshire Scones - JJ's Bakery 

While there are a couple of different bakeries in town, I think JJ's is the best for their fresh devonshire scones and assortment of baked goods.

Meat Pies and Pasties- JJ's Bakery
Fish and Chips: a must try off the main drag, and grab some fried banana and pineapple fritters while you're at it. Since I missed this year's OC Fair, I decided to make up for it here. Australia's classic beach food is Fish and Chips or Mc Donald's.

IKEA's Food Court

Most wouldn't think there is anything special about an Ikea ad, but I found it shocking...I remember the Swedish meatballs at home going for about $1 and here they cost $8.00. There's no point winging and whining about the Aussie prices, honestly I could complain all day about the cost of living here or how badly the Australian market just gets fleeced on everything...but at the end of the day it doesn't change anything. So I may as well just address it and move on. Regardless if you plan to eat out or cook at home, plan on paying at least double.
Produce Shop inside the Chatswood Mall
1 kilo = 2.2 pounds
Tomatoes: $5.99/Kilo

Smirnoff Vodka: $34.99
 

So enough on prices, once you get past having all the comforts of "home" at your finger tips being relatively affordable, you will really enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.

Great Restaurants and Fine Dinning



Famous Landscapes and Beautiful Architecture

Sydney Opera House - view from the Harbor Bridge
Mary McKillop Cathedral
Sydney Harbor Bridge: the climb to the top is on my "To Do List"!

Dee Why Beach...this is winter

 But don't let the sunshine fool you. Its been about 55 degrees! Brrr.... bundle up!
Alright friends, I'm signing off for now, but be sure to check back for more updates from your American down under who misses you all dearly! xoxo

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