Well here we are, 6 days into our Aussie adventure. We've managed to secure a place to live for ourselves (pics will follow shortly). We'll be living on a quiet street that isn't too far from "amenities" including a fruit stand and a laundromat. There is also a used book store just down the street from which we'll be stockpiling a new collection, and the bus stops close by allowing us to try our car-free urban-living experiment.
The majority of our interactions with people here so far have been with taxi drivers, who often ask us to direct them to our destination even though they have on-board GPS systems and we are fresh off the plane. Nevertheless, they are quite funny, and most have a son or daughter that has spent time in
The other striking feature so far (besides the fruit to which Laura alluded) is the water situation. This is unlike anything either of us has ever experienced. The current level of the three dams that service the metropolitan area is 38% capacity. Apparently the levels were as low as 15% just a few weeks ago before the area received some rain as the tail end of cyclone activity (similar to the way eastern Canada gets tropical storm residuals every autumn). This water shortage has many clamouring for the government to take action by either a) diverting water from the
Burger King/Hungry Jack's
Walmart/The Big W
Happy Harry's/Crazy Clark's
I’ll add to this list in subsequent posts, as the number of slight differences in language seems endless.
Another distinction between the two countries is that malls here seem to be culturally more important than in
All for now.