8 Things I Hate About Australia
“Hate” is a strong word, but “8 Things I Don’t Really Like So Much About Australia” is a rather cumbersome title. There are many things I love about Australia, but there are a few things I won’t miss.
1. High Prices
Australia is expensive! In America, we have dollar stores; Australia has $2 shops. Fuel for the car costs twice as much down under as it does in Miami and I’ve never paid so much for chicken and bananas in my life. When Theo and I went to see The Avengers, it cost $50 just for our tickets.
2. Poor Restaurant Service
Servers earn a normal wage and do not work for tips. The result is indifferent service at anything but a five star restaurant. Chances are you’ll have to ask for water and anything else you want after you flag the server down. On the bright side, the food will probably be really good.
3. Melbourne’s Fall Weather
It’s no wonder that Melbournians love to talk about the weather. Beautiful days are warm, or cool, and sunny and bright. Every other day is cold and rainy. Then the dark clouds part and the sun shines bringing the promise of a glorious day. Then it darkens and rains again. Mother Nature in Oz is bi-polar.
4. Inadequate & Confusing Tech
Television programming doesn’t seem to run on a regular schedule and I could never tell when one show will end or begin. Internet is limited and public Wi-Fi is almost unheard of. And I totally don’t understand all the telephone companies and mobile plans.
5. The Metric System
Kilos? Stones? Meters? It’s all Greek to me.
6. Change in My Pocket
It seems I could never get rid of the change in my pocket. Australia has 5, 10, 20, and 50-cent coin pieces as well $1 and $2 coins. Perhaps if I were better at math, I could better figure out how to get rid of my change, but alas my coin purse was always too heavy.
7. The Killer Wildlife
Never mind the snakes, great white sharks, and crocodiles because you’re not likely to run into these at home, but the spiders! At any given moment, you’re probably only three feet away from a tiny, deadly spider. To remind you, there are spiderwebs pretty much everywhere.
8. Varying Business Hours
It’s best to check ahead before you go anywhere in Melbourne because “trading hours” vary. Many businesses close on a weekday and have extended hours at least one evening a week. I always checked because I could never keep it straight. Most shops close at 5pm and are not open on Sundays. I understand why and I appreciate that Aussies put living and families ahead of working, but if you’re one of those working normal trading hours, I have no idea when you’re expected to get your shopping and errands done.