Last year I went on exchange to Sydney. It was the most amazing 6 months one can imagine. Here are e few things I experienced over there, that I want to share with you.
The 3 Best Things about Australia
- Diversity 1: metropolises, beaches, rain forests, deserts, mountains, reefs…you can have everything in the same country.
- Diversity 2: You can find so many different cultures, skin colours, languages living with and next to each other. For example were 30 % of Sydney’s inhabitants born outside Australia. And even those who were born there usually have at least one parent coming from another country.
- TimTams: The most delicious chocolate cookies! J
The 3 Worst Things about Australia
- Vegemite: it’s a spread that Aussies eat for breakfast. It’s extremely salty and most foreigners would describe it as disgusting. But Aussies seem to love it!
- They drive on the wrong side of the street: the first time I was sitting in the drivers seat, I was really nervous about confusing the sides. But luckily you get used to it quite fast. And then it was actually even a bit weird to drive on the right side back home J
- The can absolutely NOT rely on the weather forecast: I am still not sure if the meteorologists in Australia are so incompetent or if the weather in Australia is simply too unpredictable. Anyway while I was there I realized quickly there is no point in checking the forecast – it was just hardly ever true.
The 3 Things you may not have known about Australia
- the Capital City of Australia is Canberra (not Sydney!): It has purposely been built to be the capital because they couldn’t decide whether Sydney or Melbourne could be the capital. So none of them could and a new town was designed instead.
- The Aborigines, the native people of Australia, have already been living there for about 50’000 years. The Europeans only arrived in the late 18th century.
- Camels are feral pests in Australia: they were brought to the island in the 19th century for transport and construction use. But they have expanded and are now becoming increasingly dangerous for native animals.