observations + curiosities

Just an FYI – I do keep track of these and google most all of them. This is more than anything a record of the differences I’ve noted thus far.


We took out our first Australian money, and marveled at the differences between it and our comparatively ugly US currency (America, I love you, but let’s get more color in our wallets!) However I’m still perplexed – why is the Australian two-dollar coin smaller than the one-dollar coin? And the 50-cent piece even bigger?


Is there a secret signal to let waiters know you’re ready for the check?

Ditto to find out where you’re actually meant to pay? So far most places don’t have a register, just a hidden iPad. 

Everyone here is friendly, but not in a way that is over the top or uncomfortable. I’d say it’s just more genuine. When we go for coffee we are normally asked what our plans are for the day, where we’re from, how we’re doing etc. Small talk that turns into an actual conversation seems to be the norm.

Tyler and I have started a “no worries” count because we’ve heard it so frequently. While in America this phrase can sometimes have an almost condescending tone, here it seems more similar to “you’re welcome”.

Why does it appear that none of the locals sweat? I am drenched as soon as I walk out the door. But most everyone here seems fresh faced and pit-stain free. Unfair.

As a follow up to that - back home I was an every other day showerer. Now I’m a twice a day showerer.

And as a follow up to that – I got a cute shorter haircut before we left, but now it’s completely out of control thanks to the humidity. Girls who live in humid climates, please advise.

There are birds in the street here that I would never think of as “normal” birds – like the Australian ibis. Cockatoos rest on the telephone lines just like pigeons back home.

However, there’s so much foliage along the streets that I often can’t see the birds I can hear. I’ve been listening to bird calls online to try and identify more.

Following the crosswalk signal is still a must for us, because it’s hard to figure out who’s driving when. If it’s an especially quiet road we’ll make a run for it, but larger streets we obey the signal (even if my inner New Englander is screaming GO!) 

Most times these crosswalks are a double whammy – you have to cross over to the opposite side of the street and THEN across to the side you want to be on. There is frequently not a crosswalk where you want or expect one to be because of the different traffic patterns. 

One more note on crosswalks – the signal makes a wild laser sound when it starts, which Tyler loves and now mimics each and every time we’re out. 


How much does gas actually cost? The price I see is in the three digits so it can’t possibly be per liter…right?

The Sydney food scene is beyond anything I’ve experienced thus far in my life. ESPECIALLY BRUNCH.

Australian coffee blows all other coffee I’ve ever had out of the water. All hail the long black and flat white!