So I’ve been in Oz for nearly 11 months now and there are still things that pop up and amaze me all the time.
This year has flown by, I can’t believe I’ve nearly been in this amazing country for one year. There is still some things that amaze me about Australia now that amazed me 11 months ago.
No not just kangaroos, but the fact that kangaroos are literally everywhere. I still can’t get over you’ll be driving to work, and look to the left and there’s a family of kangaroos just jumping past.
Yerp, just jumping right past you.
It really does amaze me how close we are to these animals.
There is also the very real fact that you have to always be on the look out for kangaroos on the road also, as hitting one wouldn’t just mean it died, but you would not be in good shape either.
Growing up in Wales this is still so crazy to me 11 months on.
2. The sunrises and sunsets.
Yes, we have both of these in Wales, but not ones as amazing as this.
I am doing my farm work right now in Bundaberg a town in Queensland, every morning I look out the window at 5:00AM and the sunrise is phenomenal.
The sunsets here are also just as good.
But it’s not just here, in Sydney, Melbourne and all along the East coast there are sunrises and sunsets that will have you sat open mouthed and grabbing for your camera.
3. The weather.
Okey, so we all know Australia is sunny.
But I don’t think I quite got how good the weather is here, all the time.
In my time over here I can think of a handful of times when the weather has been bad.
I could probably count on one hand.
I am still amazed how even in winter the weather is always 20 degrees, and it barely rains.
I am now at the point where I am getting used to it. Which I hate! I don’t want to get used to the sun and sit inside, instead of basking in it and making the most of every minute of it like a true British person.
Currently in Bundaberg it is spring, today it was 30 degrees. In spring. Lets hope I survive farming in the summer heat…
4. The language.
Sorry what? Yes, Aussies speak English! But, it’s a different type of English, that’s why it’s called Australian.
I love Australian.
I still love all the different slang, the proper country Aussie accents and the over use of swearing.
For example, ‘dooner’ is a duvet, ‘capsicum’ is a pepper, ‘Maccas’ is Mcdonalds, ‘Fair dinkum’ is fair enough/being truthful and ‘good cunt’ means you’re definitely mates. You can see what I mean, and it still amazes me.
I love new accents, new words I’ve never heard, and new slang, which I tend to pick up a bit too easily.
5. The vastness.
Again, you may think I’m pointing out the obvious…but until you are driving around Australia staring out at the utter vastness of the land and you are still 8 hours away from your destination do you quite get what I mean.
We all know Australia is
fucking huge, but you don’t grasp this until you see it I don’t think.
I only realized this when I was driving and I looked out and saw nothing but trees and grass, even in the distance it was all the same for miles and miles. It looked like if we carried on driving we would drop over an edge it was so flat.
In Britain I thought driving 2 hours on the weekend to my caravan in Wales was an effort, and took foreverrrr when I was little.
In Australia you can be on a 3 hour plane journey and still be in Australia, I drove over 1,583.5 km of the east coast and I’m only half way. It has given me perspective, which I am still in awe of.
I think my main perspective is that there is a lot bigger places than Britain and still a lot more of the world out there waiting for me to explore.
So those are the 5 things that still amaze me daily about the country I am travelling 11 months on.
Where are you and what still amazes you about where you are?
‘Til next time.🌅