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What we’ve learned in Australia

We knew that Australia drives on the left side of the road, but we’ve learned a few new things about Australia while we’ve been here. (Random order)

  • Subway stores in Australia don’t have oil and vinegar to put on the sandwiches.
  • You don’t have to show any ID to fly on a domestic flight in Australia.
  • You can take whatever liquids you want through security for a domestic flight in Australia.
  • “Beetroot” in Aussie English = “Beets” in US English.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory in the back seat of a car.
  • Tasmanian Devils are now endangered.
  • You’ll need a dictionary to figure out what coffee to order!
  • Different pay rates apply on weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays, explaining the surcharges applied in some restaurants!
  • Backsplash (US English) = Splashback (Aus English)
  • Pay by credit card and many places charge an extra 1% including hotels. Who has 5 days of hotel cash laying around?
  • Plasterer = Drywaller in US English
  • Grocery stores are closed on Good Friday! This calls for planning ahead.


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