Living in Australia: First impressions

Last week I moved to Sydney, Australia. I still don’t have my tax code, my accounts aren’t functional and I’ve barely started working, but I’m already viewing the city with the eyes of an inhabitant rather than a visitor.

Here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

  • Bats really do flap about at night (don’t know how I didn’t notice this earlier)
  • TV ads are really bad
  • Health insurance is pretty good
  • Cockroaches are BIG and EVERYWHERE
  • The little green man at pedestrian lights takes a long time to appear
  • If you pick the right places, eating out can be cheaper than dining in
  • Telstra staff are very friendly
  • There is a lot of sport on TV

I’ve also taken a few snaps of things that have caught my attention, like pretty sunsets:


Boomerang shops that provide free boomerang-throwing classes:


Liquor shops with punny names:


Morning shows that address very important topics:


Stickers on the back of road signs that ask how you are:


And of course, something that pleases me greatly – the civilised order of lining up for the bus:


Friends have asked me, “Are you moving there forever?” No, I very much doubt it. There are other places I’d like the chance to live in one day and I imagine that in the future I’ll want to return to New Zealand. When you’ve been away as much as I have you know that aside from the rain, the low dollar and the questionable New Years fireworks from the Sky Tower, NZ is a pretty choice place to live in. But for now, I’m excited about giving the Sydney thing a go and I hope you’ll join me as I blog about travel, food, wine, music and a bunch of other stuff from Australia! x

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3 thoughts on “Living in Australia: First impressions

  1. rochelle says:

    ah yes the lining up for the bus, love. All the best for Sydney 🙂

  2. Solange says:

    Thanks chick!

  3. Esther says:

    Hahaha. This was totally me when I moved here. The cockroaches, my god the cockroaches! I too loved the bats, the cheap and delicious food, and despaired of the terrible breakfast news shows. (Not that NZ is innocent on that count.) So many things/places/people I’m gonna miss when I go home… But NZ is choice too.

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