Sunday, November 28, 2010

australia vs the states.

So now that we’ve been in Australia for about 2 months, we’ve begun to notice some differences between Aus and The States and things we prefer, so here are our lists! And worth noting this is actually compiled by BOTH of us, that’s right Ev is making his blog debut, you can guess who added what to the lists J

Things that AUS has/does that The States should:
  • Shopping carts: you know how at home you have to drive those like a manic to try and get them to turn? NOT HERE. They move from side to side, like spaceships, making it easy to avoid other customers and to entertain a 2 yr old.
  • Monte Carlos: best cookies ever. Enough said.
  • Sim cards: the phones run on sim cards, which means you can use the same phone for different carriers.  And its about 30 bucks for 300 dollars worth of credit a month, and if you recharge within the month it rolls over!
  • No added preservatives and sugars: from coke to orange juice, everything is healthier here. Love it.
  • No speed limits: “drive to prevailing conditions”. Best road signs. Ever.
  • Emily, Lys, and Kylan: enough said. Love my family.
  • Pumpkin: its in everything and its sooooo gooooood!
  • Lots and lots of Kombi vans, diesel powered cars, and LPG
  • Roundabouts, way more efficient than stoplights and grids.
  • Good Public Transportation in major cities
  • Utes, half car half truck, best of both worlds!
  • CLEAN cities: its amazing how much cleaner the cities are here, even big cities like Sydney are waaaaay cleaner than the states.
  • An industry that caters to backpackers and budget travelers allowing for lots of deals
  • Australian accents: sexy.  Not as much for women though.
  • Coorabella: they don’t make beauty like that or people like our new Australian family in the states.
  • Safe Hitchhiking, so far: never thought I would be one to stick my thumb out and grab a ride from a stranger but its super safe and easy here, plus you get to meet a lot of interesting characters.
  • Electrical outlet switches: there are switches on the outlets that let you turn that outlet off so you’re not wasting energy and you can’t electructe yourself.
  • Higher minimum wage, $14 dollars an hour!           
  • Healthcare, its free, and everyone gets it!
  • Less People, 21million people in a land the size of the US

Things that The States has/does that Aus should:
  • Chipotle (and In N Out, and MVP’s. WING STOP!. etc): man oh man we miss our food!
  • Internet: In the US we don’t have bandwidth limits on our internet access, In Australia they do.  This means if you have 6GB for internet access a month, you can look up as many web pages you want or download as much as you want as long as it isn’t more than 6GB of data, once you pass that they start charging you $10 bucks a MB or similar.  It’s like internet access plans for phones that we have in the states, just not for houses.
  • Starbucks: will someone mail me a venti carmel macchito, because starbs are scare out here.
  • Portions: I know we Americans are fatties but I love the huge portions that we get in the states.
  • Less death animals: dear god every thing in Aus can kill you!
  • Affordability of Food/Magazines: US is soooo cheap!
  • Soft Licorice: ironically the best soft licorice is Darell Lee an Aus company but you can find it more easily in the states and they give you more in the states.
  • Restaurant service: no tips in Aus means no service, miss that about the states for sure!
  • Our families: we miss you!!!!
  • Bri: nothing compares!


  1. Once again my dear girl health care is not free taxes are paying for it. Yes even in Aus( from your dear uncle)

  2. Great to hear about some of your discoveries...where are you now? Btw, love the pic! Miss you both!!