What the Fuck Australia...

While traveling as a couple through Australia we enjoyed the beaches, wildlife, rainforest, mountains and most people, but we came across a few things that left us thinking “What the Fuck (WTF) Australia?”. We loved our experiences here from playing spike ball on the beach in Melbourne with our new friends, or hiking up a rainforest mountain to a view of the Australia coast. We will have a lot of fond memories back in Australia that we will remember forever. These things that we are being critical about do happen in America don’t get me wrong, but some of these examples we have are just out right WTF Australia.

No Internet?

While searching for places through AirBnb and booking.com we had a couple of criterias. First would be there is air-conditioning since for the past week it has been in the mid 90’s with the humidity hovering around 75%. Our other major criteria was did the accommodation have free internet. So we booked our rooms on AirBnb and booking.com and headed off.

In one place our host showed us our awesome room. We had a separate guess house and it was perfect, but one thing. When we hopped on our phones to check the internet connection, we found nothing. That’s weird we thought to our-selves since we knew we booked a place with Wifi internet. We did not buy a phone plan in Australia since we can find Wifi in most towns along the way. We walked into her home for our host to show us the kitchen and the rest of the house that we could use. After the tour we asked her if we can have the password key to the Wifi internet? With a straight face she says “ohh yeah if you would like to bring your computer in here I can turn my phone on so you can connect to it, but I do only have like a gigabyte of data.” We looked at each other knowing what the other one was thinking, WTF Australia.  Working on the blog as we travel requires a good internet connection.  She was very sweet and let us use her cell for local calls and use the internet at night to book a few rooms, but we end up having to go down to the local Lawn Bowling/ Casino in town to get internet and help us get around.

I guess air conditioning is an American thing?

When arriving in another spot along our travels in Austraila, we were greeted by a sweet younger couple that loved to travel also. We sat in their beautiful home chatting away about our trip and the trips they have taken throughout the world. Once to our room there was a Wifi password on the desk for us to gain access to their unlimited fast internet. PHEEWW.. The issue was that when arriving around 4pm and went back to our room we were sweating from head to toe. It happened to be 98 degree high that day with a solid 80% humidity and not much of a wind.  And guess what, they had their windows down with no Air conditioning on.  They of course marketed in their AirBnb ad that they had Air Conditioning and they were not lying. They had a single air con in the living room that they officially turned on for about 2 hours one day. The cool air never reached our room. We tried to sleep in the 90-85 degree house temperature, but not with a lot of luck. We sweated the whole night and didn’t want to touch each other. WFT Australia….

The funny part is that these people marketing they had air conditioning and don’t use it happened to us another 6 nights. Same story they have the windows wide open with a fan on and Aircon units throughout the house. I guess electricity is expensive in Australia or they are more acclimatized to it then us American wimps. Back home it hits 100 degrees with hardly any humidity and that’s hot. But 90 degress with this high humidity is insane. I guess these Australian’s are used to it, I’m sure not. So once again WTF Australia…

Drunken Bar Patrons

Have you ever walked into a bar and had someone in the background asking your wife “Where is your Labrador? Where is your Labrador?”, as you were standing right next to her? Well I can officially say I have been called a Labrador now. These two hick cowboys just got off the job and decided to grab a few drinks at the local bar (picture to the right). I happen to be the only guy in the bar that they didn’t know so their way of saying “Hi” was to call me a Labrador. Cierra had no idea what was going on since earlier there was a dog running around the place, but I knew exactly what they were trying to do. WFT Australia… So I calmly turn around and tell them I’m sorry but no one is laughing at that joke. The guy looks at his brother next to him and says “Well he’s laughing”. I nod turn around and grab my beer. Then he says “I’m just pissing with you, you seem like you’re going to stab me”. So I walk up to him with a smile on my face and reach into my pocket to pull out my flip key to show him. He laughs and says “That couldn’t even turn me on”. We laugh and they said some inappropriate stuff like how its friendly to call people the one word forbidden by all women, at least in America (it starts with a “c”), for the next hour until they were too drunk to drive home and needed the old lady to come pick them up.  WTF Australia?

Pedestrians Don’t Matter

In Australia if you’re walking across a street you are a target. While living in Melbourne we were taught early by a local that if you do not have a cross walk and get hit by a car, it’s your fault. We tested this theory a few times and yep cars do not slow down when you’re J-walking.  The funny part is that this carried over for people who used a cross walk to cross the street. Most of the time I would act like I was going to cross a cross walk and the car would not stop or must screech its breaks to stop before. Their overall sensitivity to hitting a pedestrian is low compared to America. WTF Australia…

Once crossing a street with a huge cross walk in Port Macquarie, we stoped and let one car pass and then there was another one 20 feet away from the cross walk.  I saw a car coming and went to stop. Cierra kept going, because it was indeed a marked cross walk.  I said wait a car is coming, and she kept on her way through the cross walk as the car crept about 4 feet from her to yell out “Your welcome”.  Your welcome for what? WTF Australia… Funny part was this was a small town (10k people) and this was the busiest intersection with no lights in the town. Enraged, Cierra of course gave her the old #1 salute as she sped off and said “What the Fuck?”

Speed cameras everywhere

While driving in Australia you will experience these “SPEED CAMERA AHEAD” road signs about every 10 miles on the highway (picture to the right). To make it more difficult everything is in kilometers/hour when driving. I asked a local and if you’re doing 7km/h over then you will be sent an electronic ticket, that’s only 4 mph over the speed limit. WTF Australia. So when approaching Sydney from the south we ran into 8 Speed cameras within the last 20 miles of arriving in Sydney, no joke.  I was following a few cars that were doing about 15km/h over the speed limit as we passed by a speed camera coming into Sydney. I let you know if that ticket ever comes. WTF AUSTRALIA.

Road Rage

I know sometimes we all get a little road rage. Australia is a little more outspoken when it comes to being pissed off.   I was trying to figure out why this was and here is my psycho-analysis.  In America, you are taught that people get shot when they flip someone off or show road rage toward certain people.  In 1996 Australia government had a buy back scheme where they would pay people to turn in their guns. Over 1 million guns were bought and destroyed. With this piece of history in mind, I think this created a little more outward aggression where people speak out more freely.

While driving 4,000 miles over 1 month we must have been flipped off 8 times and honked at over 10 times and it wasn’t because we were driving on the wrong side of the road. The funny part is about 5 of the times was when I was trying to back out of a parking spot. People in Australia do not stop when your backing out of a parking spot. I had people literally swerving around me into the other lane and fliping me off because I was trying to get out of a spot when traffic was at a standstill. WTF Australia…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While traveling as a couple through Australia we enjoyed the beaches, wildlife, rainforest, mountains and most people, but we came across a few things that left us thinking “What the Fuck (WTF) Australia?”. We loved our experiences here from playing spike ball on the beach in Melbourne with our new friends, or hiking up a rainforest mountain to a view of the Australia coast. We will have a lot of fond memories back in Australia that we will remember forever. These things that we are being critical about do happen in America don’t get me wrong, but some of these examples we have are just out right WTF Australia.

No Internet?

While searching for places through AirBnb and booking.com we had a couple of criterias. First would be there is air-conditioning since for the past week it has been in the mid 90’s with the humidity hovering around 75%. Our other major criteria was did the accommodation have free internet. So we booked our rooms on AirBnb and booking.com and headed off.

In one place our host showed us our awesome room. We had a separate guess house and it was perfect, but one thing. When we hopped on our phones to check the internet connection, we found nothing. That’s weird we thought to our-selves since we knew we booked a place with Wifi internet. We did not buy a phone plan in Australia since we can find Wifi in most towns along the way. We walked into her home for our host to show us the kitchen and the rest of the house that we could use. After the tour we asked her if we can have the password key to the Wifi internet? With a straight face she says “ohh yeah if you would like to bring your computer in here I can turn my phone on so you can connect to it, but I do only have like a gigabyte of data.” We looked at each other knowing what the other one was thinking, WTF Australia.  Working on the blog as we travel requires a good internet connection.  She was very sweet and let us use her cell for local calls and use the internet at night to book a few rooms, but we end up having to go down to the local Lawn Bowling/ Casino in town to get internet and help us get around.

I guess air conditioning is an American thing?

When arriving in another spot along our travels in Austraila, we were greeted by a sweet younger couple that loved to travel also. We sat in their beautiful home chatting away about our trip and the trips they have taken throughout the world. Once to our room there was a Wifi password on the desk for us to gain access to their unlimited fast internet. PHEEWW.. The issue was that when arriving around 4pm and went back to our room we were sweating from head to toe. It happened to be 98 degree high that day with a solid 80% humidity and not much of a wind.  And guess what, they had their windows down with no Air conditioning on.  They of course marketed in their AirBnb ad that they had Air Conditioning and they were not lying. They had a single air con in the living room that they officially turned on for about 2 hours one day. The cool air never reached our room. We tried to sleep in the 90-85 degree house temperature, but not with a lot of luck. We sweated the whole night and didn’t want to touch each other. WFT Australia….

The funny part is that these people marketing they had air conditioning and don’t use it happened to us another 6 nights. Same story they have the windows wide open with a fan on and Aircon units throughout the house. I guess electricity is expensive in Australia or they are more acclimatized to it then us American wimps. Back home it hits 100 degrees with hardly any humidity and that’s hot. But 90 degress with this high humidity is insane. I guess these Australian’s are used to it, I’m sure not. So once again WTF Australia…

Drunken Bar Patrons

Have you ever walked into a bar and had someone in the background asking your wife “Where is your Labrador? Where is your Labrador?”, as you were standing right next to her? Well I can officially say I have been called a Labrador now. These two hick cowboys just got off the job and decided to grab a few drinks at the local bar (picture to the right). I happen to be the only guy in the bar that they didn’t know so their way of saying “Hi” was to call me a Labrador. Cierra had no idea what was going on since earlier there was a dog running around the place, but I knew exactly what they were trying to do. WFT Australia… So I calmly turn around and tell them I’m sorry but no one is laughing at that joke. The guy looks at his brother next to him and says “Well he’s laughing”. I nod turn around and grab my beer. Then he says “I’m just pissing with you, you seem like you’re going to stab me”. So I walk up to him with a smile on my face and reach into my pocket to pull out my flip key to show him. He laughs and says “That couldn’t even turn me on”. We laugh and they said some inappropriate stuff like how its friendly to call people the one word forbidden by all women, at least in America (it starts with a “c”), for the next hour until they were too drunk to drive home and needed the old lady to come pick them up.  WTF Australia?

Pedestrians Don’t Matter

In Australia if you’re walking across a street you are a target. While living in Melbourne we were taught early by a local that if you do not have a cross walk and get hit by a car, it’s your fault. We tested this theory a few times and yep cars do not slow down when you’re J-walking.  The funny part is that this carried over for people who used a cross walk to cross the street. Most of the time I would act like I was going to cross a cross walk and the car would not stop or must screech its breaks to stop before. Their overall sensitivity to hitting a pedestrian is low compared to America. WTF Australia…

Once crossing a street with a huge cross walk in Port Macquarie, we stoped and let one car pass and then there was another one 20 feet away from the cross walk.  I saw a car coming and went to stop. Cierra kept going, because it was indeed a marked cross walk.  I said wait a car is coming, and she kept on her way through the cross walk as the car crept about 4 feet from her to yell out “Your welcome”.  Your welcome for what? WTF Australia… Funny part was this was a small town (10k people) and this was the busiest intersection with no lights in the town. Enraged, Cierra of course gave her the old #1 salute as she sped off and said “What the Fuck?”

Speed cameras everywhere

While driving in Australia you will experience these “SPEED CAMERA AHEAD” road signs about every 10 miles on the highway (picture to the right). To make it more difficult everything is in kilometers/hour when driving. I asked a local and if you’re doing 7km/h over then you will be sent an electronic ticket, that’s only 4 mph over the speed limit. WTF Australia. So when approaching Sydney from the south we ran into 8 Speed cameras within the last 20 miles of arriving in Sydney, no joke.  I was following a few cars that were doing about 15km/h over the speed limit as we passed by a speed camera coming into Sydney. I let you know if that ticket ever comes. WTF AUSTRALIA.

Road Rage

I know sometimes we all get a little road rage. Australia is a little more outspoken when it comes to being pissed off.   I was trying to figure out why this was and here is my psycho-analysis.  In America, you are taught that people get shot when they flip someone off or show road rage toward certain people.  In 1996 Australia government had a buy back scheme where they would pay people to turn in their guns. Over 1 million guns were bought and destroyed. With this piece of history in mind, I think this created a little more outward aggression where people speak out more freely.

While driving 4,000 miles over 1 month we must have been flipped off 8 times and honked at over 10 times and it wasn’t because we were driving on the wrong side of the road. The funny part is about 5 of the times was when I was trying to back out of a parking spot. People in Australia do not stop when your backing out of a parking spot. I had people literally swerving around me into the other lane and fliping me off because I was trying to get out of a spot when traffic was at a standstill. WTF Australia…

Swimming with Jelly fish:

Cierra and I decided to go on a beach day. We chose to go to Byron Bay for some fun, sun, and great views. We arrived to the beach around 11am. There was a cute family with a puppy that walked in before us. As we were setting up shop not too far from that family the wife comes out of the water yelling “I got a stinger! I got a stinger!”. She’s looking down at her red leg in front of us. Cierra and I realize that a stinger equals a jelly fish sting. The dad and kids pack up all the stuff as the wife goes running to the car. We were like oh crap there are jelly fish in this beautiful 78 degree water? As we walk up the beach we find like 10 jelly fish on the shore and in the shallow water. Of course, there are a ton of locals just swimming in the ocean and enjoying the waves.  Both of us being stung multiple times in the past, we decide to enjoy the rest of the day with just our feet in the water. WTF Australia…

Conclusion:

We thought Australia overall was a great place to visit and catch some beautiful sites. We just came across a few things that blew our minds. From no A/C in a house that is 98 degrees to the people with their middle finger out the window because im trying to get out of my parking spot. We just wanted to make sure you were prepared for these little cultural differences when you visit this fun and crazy nation of Australia. Once again Australia WTF…

Swimming with Jelly fish:

Cierra and I decided to go on a beach day. We chose to go to Byron Bay for some fun, sun, and great views. We arrived to the beach around 11am. There was a cute family with a puppy that walked in before us. As we were setting up shop not too far from that family the wife comes out of the water yelling “I got a stinger! I got a stinger!”. She’s looking down at her red leg in front of us. Cierra and I realize that a stinger equals a jelly fish sting. The dad and kids pack up all the stuff as the wife goes running to the car. We were like oh crap there are jelly fish in this beautiful 78 degree water? As we walk up the beach we find like 10 jelly fish on the shore and in the shallow water. Of course, there are a ton of locals just swimming in the ocean and enjoying the waves.  Both of us being stung multiple times in the past, we decide to enjoy the rest of the day with just our feet in the water. WTF Australia…

Conclusion:

We thought Australia overall was a great place to visit and catch some beautiful sites. We just came across a few things that blew our minds. From no A/C in a house that is 98 degrees to the people with their middle finger out the window because im trying to get out of my parking spot. We just wanted to make sure you were prepared for these little cultural differences when you visit this fun and crazy nation of Australia. Once again Australia WTF…

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