experiences in australia

have you traveled to or lived in australia? share your experiences

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australia - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/02/13.

I immigrated to Australia a little over 3 years ago when I was almost 22. To best highlight what it's like to live here, it's kind of important to give some information on my past. I'm from a small rural town in Western Washington. It was an impoverished area and my own family wasn't and still isn't doing much better than their neighbors. We were struggling so bad that by 16 my job went to pay for school supplies and lunches, otherwise I would have gone without. I attended university in Seattle on a full scholarship, but decided to move a year and a half short of graduation because I fell in love.

I met an Australian and decided to immigrate for him. I moved here and we were quickly married to help speed up the visa process. And let me tell you immigration is a bitch to deal with. The wanted a huge book of proof that we were in a committed relationship and it was an expensive (and time consuming) pain. However, now that I'm a permanent resident, I get the same benefits a citizen does except I cannot vote and I can't get HECS (A government program that loans people money for university and takes it out of their taxes as soon as they earn above a certain amount). What this means...

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melbourne, australia - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/26/13.

How much time have you spent in Australia?

A bit over 3 years now.

How old were you when you came to Australia? Where were you before?

28. I had been living in California, but immediately before arriving in Australia I had been traveling around South East Asia for about 4 months.

What brought you to Australia? What made you choose Australia over any other place you could've gone?

I originally came here as a continuation of my SE Asian adventure. I have met so many Aussies in my travels and they seemed like a good sort. So I figured while I was in this neck of the woods, I would take the money I had set aside to get re-established in California to set myself up here.

Describe Melbourne and your impressions of it.

There is a reason Melbourne won most livable city on the planet is quite plain to see once you've lived here. It is clean, safe and easy to get around. Melbourne residents like to complain about their mass transit system, but it is effective and reliable, especially when compared to the rest of the world. I can walk around any neighborhood at any time of day or night and feel safe which is great because there would be the occasional stabbing or driveby...

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australia - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 10/08/13.

What brought you to Australia? Where were you before?

I have been married/dating an Aussie for the last 16 years. I had been here previously 5 or 6 times.

Describe the part(s) of Australia you've lived in.

Sydney.

What are the the people of Australia like?

People of Australia are of virtually every variety very similar to the U.S. They are for the most part friendly and curious of my American accent.

Was making friends and meeting people in Australia easy or difficult?

Very easy. I have joined sports teams in Australia same as USA. My coworkers are very similar. No problems socially. Its very similar!

Has your race, nationality, gender, etc. ever affected how you were treated or how people reacted to meeting you in Australia?

White male...no problems.

Were there any language barriers? How did they affect you?

Everyone here talks funny and is in denial about it. They just mangle the English language with impunity. :)

Any social/cultural advice for others who might come to Australia? How do people in Australia socialize differently than other places you've been?

Australia is very heavily regulated (bordering on nanny state), but it is very heavily geared...

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australia - anonymous' reflections after spending decades there

posted by anonymous on 10/13/13.

How much time have you spent in Australia?

I have been here about 10 years "all up".

How old you are/were while in Australia?

I arrived when I was 18.

What are your thoughts and impressions of Perth?

Perth is great to raise a family. From a young persons perspective or no family it's a little slow, and a bit boring. There are things to do but you really need to make an effort to find it. Most of the entertainment is just going to the bars/pubs.

How does Perth compare to other cities in Australia? What drew you to Perth over other cities in Australia?

Each city I have been to is unique in its own way with pros and cons for each. I have felt I needed to be in Perth so I stayed here.

What are your impressions of Australians? In what ways are they different than people in other places you've lived?

Australians are generally friendly towards Americans so this made my stay pleasant. I found Australians to be similar to Americans so culture wasn't a shock. I haven't had trouble here but I don't attract it either.

Was making friends and meeting people in Australia in general easy or difficult?

I found it easy, but this might be my personality.

How did your...

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australia - anonymous' reflections after years there in their teens

posted by anonymous on 10/09/13.

I came here in late December 2010, when I was 14, because my parents moved here. They told me we moved because there wasn't much of a future in South Africa for a while male, because of racial politics and because the general state of the economy and infrastructure was so poor that also helped their decision.

I live on the Gold Coast (Saying "in" feels off, even though it's technically a city), and it's.... er. Different. It's probably the seediest big city in Australia, and I've heard it called the Las Vegas of Australia (Though I would disagree with that). The overall populace of course varies, but for the most part everyone is really laid back (Which took a lot of getting used to!). A very very big drug, and drinking, culture among teenagers is something I've also noticed.

I couldn't say much apart from them being extremely laid back, and for the most part it seems they have abandoned social politics. There's some mild racial tension when dealing with Aboriginals/Torres Strait Islanders, but... for the most part, everyone is incredibly laid back, and the pace is pretty slow, and politics aren't taken much into consideration.

It was very difficult at first because everyone...

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australia - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/16/13.

How much time have you spent in Australia?

I spent one year in Sydney, but I was managing Surf/Skate tours up and down the East Coast, so I was able to travel quite a bit.

Which best describes how old you are/were while in Australia?

I was 22-23.

What brought you to Australia? Where were you before?

I was living in LA, but had a rough 3 months. 3 of my close friends passed away and I broke up with my longterm girlfriend. I needed an escape and I was lucky enough to work for an international company that allowed me to move.

Describe the city you live/lived in in Australia and your impressions of it.

Sydney was great! I lived in a mansion with 5 other aussie's on the beach. Sydney is definitely the metropolitan city compared to the "culture" Melbourne, "Beach'y" Gold Coast, or Perth.

What makes the people of Australia unique? In what ways are they different than people in other places you've lived?

Everyone in Oz was very accepting. People there are generally just down for a good time. Sports make up such a large part of the Australian lifestyle, so along with it comes drinking and socializing.

Was making friends and meeting people in Australia in general easy...

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australia - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/31/13.

How much time have you spent in Australia? Where were you before? How old were you when you came to Ausralia?

1 year. NYC. 25.

What brought you to Australia?

This is a long and convoluted story but if we were to boil it down and a truthful, yet amusing way: WORLD OF WARCRAFT. haha yes I met some friends on WOW. no they were not axe murders and consequently neither am I.

What made you choose Australia over any other place you could've gone?

I was debating between Germany and OZ. I opted for the happier looking country! Describe the city you live in in Australia and your impressions of it. Brisbane. It's a very young city, about the size of Philly or Boston. There's a lot going on, you've just got to know where to look. It has a lot of hidden gems.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in Australia?

From my experience Melbourne is known to be the 'artsy' city. As an artist myself I thought I'd wind up there until I realised Brisbane's charm. Again, you have to know where to look where as 'Melbin' (as it's pronounced) is much older and has more European so it's a bit more obvious in that way. I found Sydney to be much more touristy and business-like...

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