So I’ve finished my one week visit to my home country Australia after living abroad in Montreal Canada for over 2 years. Spending time overseas has definitely made me appreciate Australia so much more than I ever did while I was living here.
So I decided to write up a blog post about the 7 things I have really missed about Australia.
I know this may seem like an obvious one on anyone’s list however this really surprised me. When I lived in Australia I was not really a beach go’er, I have to honestly say that I would probably only get to the beach a handful of times every year and I used to only live an hr from some of most beautiful beaches in Australia. I have to say my tune has changed ever since being away from Australia and not having access to beaches I really have missed them, I dare say that in my future travels I’ll be trying to get to beaches a lot more.
All the prices listed include tax. While I lived in Australia I thought nothing of it but after living in Montreal Canada for over 2 years where all of the prices didn’t include tax it became really annoying everytime i went to buy something to be hit with an extra 15% or so tax on top of the listed price. I love how all prices listed in Australia include tax, what you see is what you get.
Tipping Not Expected
Tipping is not expected, you can get in a cab, buy a drink at a bar or even have a meal without being expected to tip between 10-15% on everything. Don’t get me wrong I’m not stingy I don’t mind tipping but tipping should be for when you have received services above than what was expected. I guess its just a cultural thing but living in Montreal the last 2 years i’ve felt like I’m expected to tip on everything, That combined with the tax price not included end’s up with a fair bit extra on the original price. Which is why I like Australia “No Tip No Worries”
The food, People who know me will know my passion for Aussie food (Or even food in general) I had a huge list of things I wanted to eat planned before I even returned back to Australia. From fish and chips, meat pies, sausage rolls, sausages in bread and even kangaroo sausages, I love Aussie tucker. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I went back into Woolworths grocery store as I filled my trolley up with chicken chips, shapes, Cadbury blocks of chocolate, vegemite, cherry ripes and snakes alive. I’m so passionate about the subject of Australian food I will be writing a separate article over the coming weeks devoted just to food.
The Australian Accent and Slang
Before I left Australia to live overseas I never really paid much attention to Australian accents, However I found while I was overseas my Australian accent radar was always on alert I could pick up an Australian accent across the room in an instant. When I returned to Australia it was so comforting and familiar to be surrounded by Australian accents once again. That and all of the Australian slang that went along with it. I could finally say the words thongs and jumper and other Australian phrases without people looking at me like a weirdo
Everything is in English and Familiar
After living in Montreal for over 2 years where everything is written in French, From trying to read menu’s in French to grocery shopping trying to find a specific item. It felt like such a relief to be back in Australia where everything was back in English.
There is also how familiar everything, Granted in the last 2 years a few things have changed on the sunshine coast and in Brisbane where I used to live It was amazing being back especially in Brisbane strolling around in Queen St Mall where I used to walk through twice a day for 2 years while I was at uni.
Family & Friends
How could I forget my friends and family, After being away for over 2 years It was great catching up with all my mate and family, being back in Australia for my brother’s wedding was great especially seeing as it meant I also got to catch up with a bunch of relatives I haven’t seen for over 5 years. Having the support of all my family and friends through everything that’s going on in my life at moment has meant the world to me.
What things would you miss most about your home country if you left?