It's been almost a month and a half since I left Melbourne. I got back to the United States Monday, November 25th and left for my trip with Habitat for Humanity in Argentina that Friday, November 29th. My trip to South America definitely helped take my mind off of leaving Australia. I was a wreck during those four days in between. I even went down to school that Tuesday and Wednesday, just so I could try to get my mind off everything and be around familiar faces. I guess that's the benefit of starting the semester over a month earlier than everyone back home!
I want to use this post to note some of the differences I noticed between Australia and the US.
Expressions and Words!
Okay, so we already know that the Australian accent is different (and definitely better in my opinion!!!!) than the American accent. In addition to the accent, there are quite a few things said differently in Australia than America. Thanks mainly to Zac, I compiled my own list of the differences!
Australians call all sorts of trucks, "utes". In Australia the term "truck" is reserved for what we call "18 wheelers". However, to me, "utes" were the cars they have with truck beds, like the green one in this picture. I've never seen anything like them before in my travels (until I went to South America). I thought they were so cool!
The majority of the houses I saw in Australia were made out of brick, compared to how the majority of the houses in the United States are build with wood and then siding over it. I also found it interesting that showers and sinks were usually in a separate room from the toilet. That actually makes a lot more sense than having all three in the same room if you think about it.
The food actually wasn't all too different from that in America. I REALLY miss the parmas though. Ham layered on top of the chicken with cheese and sauce…. mmmm.
Maybe it's just me, but I never had spaghetti bolognese before I went to Australia. I know it exists America, but in Australia, if you're eating spaghetti, the norm is to have it with minced meat.
Sunday roasts are also popular in Australia!
Oh, and can't forget Vegemite. Not a fan.
I always thought kangaroos were cool. I still think they're cool and I think it's awesome how common they are to find in the wild in Australia. I am also extremely jealous of the bright birds Melbourne was home to. They were noisy, but I had a lot of fun going to the park and watching them fly around. The wild cockatoos at the Grampians were pretty awesome, too.
Oh! And I can't forget the cute possums that would come out on a nightly basis! And I was able to pet one!
The Melbourne trams were pretty good. If you go on exchange in Australia, definitely make sure to get a concession card to get discounted fares.
Melbourne was Home.
I miss the comedians, the music, the art and the laneways of Melbourne. Melbourne truly was home to me for four months and I loved every minute spent there. It's no wonder it is continuously voted as the most livable city in the world. The people I met in Australia were some of the nicest people ever and I hope I can one day call Melbourne and Australia home once again.
**This is my last post on Melbourne. I hope you've enjoyed learning about my experience in this great city**
Melbourne gets an A+ for entertainment. From the buskers (street performers) to gigs at pubs, the local bands are pretty awesome. Not to mention the gem we found at Public Bar - Wednesday night comedy featuring local acts! They were hilarious! There's always something going on in Melbourne and it's awesome. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Quarters @ Public Bar
Last month we went to Public Bar and saw a few local bands play. The best part was that it was only $8 for a night of live music! We saw Captives from Tasmania, Stone Revival, FOAM from Western Australia and the Quarters from Melbourne. I wasn't a big fan of the first three, but I enjoyed listening to the Quarters. Their music can best be described as rockabilly, an early form of rock, mixing blues, country and rock together. If you like rock, country and blues, it's worth checking out their cd Tik Tik Boom!!
Amistat @ Bourke Street
In order to busk in Melbourne, you need to have a license., or so Zac tells me. Therefore, the music on the street is pretty decent. There's usually always someone busking in front of the National Library. A few times we'd sit and eat lunch in front of the library and just listen to music.. One day there was a Melbourne local, Scott Boyd, playing as we were eating. He had some great covers, but none of them compared to the cover of "Let it Be" by Amistat. I was blown away by the two brothers and bought my first CD since being in Melbourne. The $10 was worth spending - the five songs on the CD are amazing! If you love soft, acoustic, kind of poppy music, check out their cd It's Not Words.
Below is the song that blew me away!
Comedy Night @ Public Bar
I don't usually seek out comedy acts, but for $5 who could go wrong?!?! After enjoying wings at Turf, followed by pierogi and tartufo at the Summer Night Market, we ventured over to Public Bar. It wasn't until we were sitting that I realized Dave Thornton was the headlining act - he was the MC at the comedy show I saw in Sydney! I liked him a lot, so I was excited to see him again! Tommy Dassalo was the MC for the night with acts from Damien Power, Natalie Harris, Ronny Chieng, Tommy Little, George McEnroe and Dave Thornton. My favorites were Tommy Dassalo, Damien Power, Tommy Little and Dave Thornton. Below you can find some of their stuff! They're really good!!! And a few of them are pretty cute ;)
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