"Packing my bags and leaving home... again...!"

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Thursday, May 5, 2005

I love Melbourne. So much so that I could easily call it home. I love the relaxed way of life, I love the friendly people and I love social life you can have here. But its not just Melbourne, i'm starting to fall in love with Australia. So much so I have even looked into living here permanently. Maybe one day this might become reality?

Of course Australia isn't perfect, nowhere is. Because of this I've made a list of good, bad, cool, weird things l found about the country l have called home for the past 4 months.

I love the fact clothes are much cheaper here - you can get good t-shirts for $20 (8) and jeans for $25 (10)!
I hate the fact Australians can't get that we say words like pasta and data differently. Always saying they are said correctly as parsta and darta! Another word is debut, they pronounce it day-boo!
I love that public transport is so cheap. A 2 hour ticket usually costs about $3 (1.40) and an unlimited day ticket costs $6 (2.80). Even better the trams in Melbourne are so easy to bunk, that I only paid about 5 times in 4 months! I was caught once but used the 'new English traveler' line so got away with it!
I hate the fact that the TV stations put on so many ad breaks. I counted 3 in an episode of the Simpson's and 9 in Desperate Housewife's - so annoying. BBC I solute you!
I love the cheap petrol. Australians are actually moaning at the moment as they say $1.10 (45p) is too much to pay!
I hate the unpredictability of Melbourne's weather. It can be 32 degrees one day, then 15 degrees the next. one day I was sunbathing by the pool, and in 15 minutes, the weather changed from 35degrees clear blue skies, to 17 degrees and raining!
I love Australia's love of Sport. They are passionate about everything and show so much live sport on TV - none of pay-to-view sky lark.
I hate Australian banks. They charge you for absolutely everything, even using another banks atm!
I love Australian mobile phone caps. I pay $49 (20) a month but actually get $230 (90) credit. Good for poor travelers!
I hate the fact Australians have to be the best at everything. ln Australia's charity telefon for the tsunami, one of the presenters kept saying '' Donate, donate, donate Australia, lets make Australia the no.1 donator!'' They were!
I love the fact that, especially in Melbourne, there are very few homeless and people respect their country by not littering.
I HATE Melbourne taxi drivers. Although they are much cheaper than home, they are all driven by immigrants that look like they have just stepped off the plane. None can speak English, and don't even think that they know where you live. Out of the 4 months there, only one driver knew our road (a major road mind) and he was Australian!
l hate the fact Australians are to tight to tip. We had a table of 40 people in our bar/restaurant one evening. They tipped $4.50 (1.80) between them. Tight bastards!!
l find the drive through bottle shops (off licenses) funny. Especially as they so big on drink driving over here!
Australian Rules football - I just don't see fascination, Dan on the hand loves it?
I love there money - its plastic so can be washed and you can't rip it - brilliant!
l hate the fact Australians have changed the names of vegetables. Peppers are called capsicum, aubergines are eggplant and corguettes are zuchinni! very confusing. The police actually call pepper spray capsicum spray!
l love Richard Branson. He operates Virgin Blue - an easyjet type of airline. Making travel across Australia affordable to us backpackers!
l hate the fact they call flip flops - thongs, and trousers - pants. They also use stupid words like 'fully sick' which means really good apparently! God I'm getting old!
But most of all, I like the friendly people. People talk to you on the trains and are actually interested to know how you are. You won't get that in London!

As much as we loved Melbourne, after 4 months we had obviously out stayed our welcome and needed to move on. With our jobs finished, we packed up our bags, and said our final goodbyes to everyone we had met. We would definitely be back but we had a lot more of this fabulous country to see beforehand...
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