Australia is a fabulous place to visit with plenty of beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, and cities to explore. We found that in addition to the landscape, the people are a big part of the country’s allure. They are friendly, outgoing, and embrace life with an enthusiasm that is refreshing for overworked, stressed out Americans to behold. They can teach us a thing or two about enjoying life and living it to its fullest…and they can kick the snot out of us on the rugby field. Here are the top 6 things we learned during our month down under:
1. Real men are not afraid to put a -y on the end of their words, e.g. barbeque=barby, breakfast=breaky, football=footy, biker=bikey, tough guy=baddy, surfer=surfy, sunglasses=sunnies, or to call chickens chooks.
2. Everything closes early…even earlier than in New Zealand and even earlier on Saturdays.
3. Be sure to book ahead if you’re visiting during school holidays.
4. Sleeping in the car isn’t a cakewalk, but there are worse things you could do.
5. Crocs rule! (We’ll miss you, Steve)
6. What constitutes cussing is relative. Just because a few dicey expletives are commonplace here, don’t expect to get to use them at home kids!