Earlier this week I got a very nice comment on my blog and a question if I could tell a little about how it is to live here in Australia. I haven't actually said so much about practically things like that, so that was a great idea to write about. To live in Australia is a lot like Norway, but at the same time it's so different. Okay first to mention the weather. The winter here is like summer in Norway !! I mean it feels like a never ending summer. And I love that! Some people here doesn't love it so much though. I feel like you can divide Australian people in two. The once who love hanging out on the beach, and the once that hate the sun. Really, the sun here is not appreciated as much as in Norway. First of all the sun here is very dangerous for skin cancer because of the thin ozone layer above Australia. Second of all, it is so bloody hot! And the humidity! So yea, a lot of Australians actually stay inside the whole day with air condition.
Enough about that. To the real questions. How is it economically to live here compared to Norway?
Well I feel it's a lot the same. When I go shopping I feel that it's approximately the same for jeans, bags, bikinis etc. The food here on the other hand is expensive! I feel that going out eating here is really not for students life. It cost more than in Norway, I guess it's a lot because of the travel distance the food has to go through and maybe the temperature? A lunch at a normal cafe can cost up to close 100 NOK, or more. Depends of course where you go. But I really feel like if you want cheap food you have to go to Mc Donald's or KFC or other fast food restaurants. Going to the movies here are a lot cheaper though, I pay no more than 40 NOK for a movie. (Just have to say that the cinema closes to me is the cheapest in Australia, but the other once are not so much more I think) And then the transport; trains and busses are very cheap. Like I take train a lot to Brisbane for where I live. It takes 1 hour and it costs me around 10-15 NOK. The same with bus, But if you choose taxi it will cost way more. I don't know what more I can mention about the economically, it is a lot the same. It is not "so much cheaper" like everyone said before I left, but it is not too expensive.
When I moved down here I needed of course phone and bank card etc. It was very easy to get it. I just use the same bank card as from Norway, so no problems there! And my host family took me to a phone company the first day here. I got a new sim card and it is pretty easy cuz I can just pay every month from an app I downloaded. You get a new number of course, but really there are no issues there.
And then to the good question; the activities! I never ever feel bored. It's always something to do, sometimes too much. It depends if you are that kind of person that likes what they have here, but if you are open minded you will enjoy every single minute. In the beginning I went to different zoo's and aquariums. I feel like it's a must to see the animals they have here. You can just drive a little bit from every city and you can see wild kangaroos and wallabies btw. You have to like the heat if you wanna do things outside. I mean I love it, but if you just go for a little walk, you will be sweating. This is in summer, winter is not that bad/good. I love going to the city, shopping, cafes, cinemas etc. or just laying in the sun in the backyard. I love going to the parks. Australia is very good with their parks. They are beautiful with exercise opportunities, relaxing and playing places. Outdoor swimming pools are also become my favourite. There are many that are in the city made for every one to go in for free. And of course the beaches. I mean sunbathing (remember sunscreen!!!) swimming, surfing etc. it's perfect if you love those kind of things. If you are lucky you will get to know people with boats, and I mean that is one of the best ways to spend the day or going on an adventure. Or else you can just go whale watching, see dolphins and turtles from the beaches. The wild life is awesome here!! Other adventures are going to the small towns or up in the mountains. I love taking day trips there. The small towns are so amazing. They are filled with the cutest special shops, adorable buildings and so much culture! You don't even have to go for shopping there, actually you don't go there for shopping at all. I just like looking at all the special things they have in the shops. And then there is the amazing view you get from the mountains. The rainforest, then the cities down where the beach meets the ocean. I mean if you wanna make trips you can make them cheap if you want to, it is all up to yourself and what you like to do. Cuz yes trips here costs a lot of money, cuz to travel from city to city is far. Australia is so huge! I really would love to go to Uluru and the outback, but it cost too much and is hard to travel to. But I have been to Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, New Castle and Cairns, and the flights cost a little, but the train is so cheap! I feel like you wouldn't be bored of staying at one place in Australia because of its beauty and the activities you could do, but I recommend that when you first go to Australia you should have a lot money and spend it because it's worth it. It's worth traveling around Australia and doing different things, this country has so much to give.
I hope I answered all the questions good, and if there are more questions, please ask! I am more than willing to answer it's very nice to get it and I also get to reflect over things myself.
Wish you the best!