1. Barefoot is okay. Shoes are not a must. Grocery shopping, picking your kids up from the school, going to the post office. I often see guys wearing fancy suits and no shoes haha. I love it! Shows how laid back the lifestyle is here.
2. Always something to do. When back home I always felt like there is nothing to do then here it’s the opposite. I feel like I won’t have time to do everything I want until I need to go back! Exploring all the beautiful beaches, outdoor movies, events etc.
3. Cockroaches. Everywhere. In your kitchen, bedroom, on the streets etc. Especially in Bondi. Everyone uses incect bombs to get rid of them but you’ll bound to see at least a few on the streets if not in your bedroom haha
4. Spiders, I’ve seen 2 hairy spiders but never in my home. It’s actually quite a rare thing to see and definitely not something to stress about!
5. Sharks. It’s actually so safe here when it comes to sharks, especially Bondi. They have a shark net, shark detector in the water and a helicopter flying over every 30 minutes to check for sharks. The last shark attack in Sydney was in 2015, and the last shark attack in Bondi was in 1929. So although I am terrified of sharks it’s a very unnecessary thing to be afraid of
6. The party scene. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday. It goes down every single night! I’ve probably never partied this much in my life and I’m slowly distancing myself from the party scene to focus on personal development. But it’s crazy fun! All these beach bars, house parties across the street, bbq-s etc. The thing I love the most about the party scene here is that people start early, 9pm is very late. You start drinking around 5, you’re drunk by 7/8 and you are home in bed by midnight :-))
7. Dating scene. Everyone’s dating, maybe even 5 people at a time. Dating is huge here – dinners, drinks you name it. And everyones on Tinder and Bumble haha
8. Poke bowls. Poke is like a raw fish salad, you choose either tuna, salmon, shrimps etc. And then you choose your base like brown rice, noodles, cauliflower rice etc. And then you have this delicious bowl that every Aussie eats. It’s like the Australian Vapiano! The lines are always so long but you get your meal pretty quickly
9. No one’s really an Australian apart from the Aboriginals. All my friends are fist generation Aussies, meaning that their parents are not Australian, but moved here a while ago and had kids. if you ask an Aussie where are they from they usually say “my mom is German and dad is english but we’ve been living here my all life” or something like that. I think it’s so interesting, so mixed, I love it.
10. People wake up early, if you go down to the beach at sunrise which is 6.30 the beach is packed! It’s busier in the early hours than in the evening. Everyone’s working out, walking their dogs, grabbing breakfast or going for an early morning surf before work
11. People are so friendly, warm and open. On the streets, post office, on the bus – you just strike up a conversation with stranger
12. It’s so easy to meet people and make friends. A super lovely girl came into my bikini shop this week and we hit it off from the first second and she invited me to her little food and drinks event with all her girlfriends. How nice! This is totally normal here and I love it so much, something like this would probably never happen in Estonia as people are much more closed off and disconnected from each other
13. I came to the point where my mind just stopped working and I started googling facts about Australia haha. So I’ll just stop here, these facts are super random just what came out of my head in the moment. Hope you liked this post, it’s a beautiful day so I’ll head down to the beach now! x