|This fish mascot wandered about the celebration for photo ops.|
|"Smallest Pancakes in Town"|
|Homemade jellies, jams and condiments.|
During our many months living amongst the Aussies we've found a unique culture that emerged over the centuries as people from many lands migrated to the continent seeking a new and better way of life. All these cultures are revered and held in high regard.
|Clever and pleasing-to-the-senses soaps.|
Not unlike many western civilization, the melding of nationalities contributes to a distinct persona that may be clearly defined over the centuries. That culture in itself is different in many ways from our experiences in our old lives in the US and in many countries in which we've lived over these past 51 months.
|Food or soaps? Soaps!|
Whether its their easygoing style of living, ways in which they've embraced their love of their homeland, their penchant for humor and lightheartedness, their seriousness and determination in dealing with important issues, and their commitment to integrity and ethics, the Aussies embody a special demeanor we've found to be enchanting.
|Tom checked out the baked goods but resisted.|
"Australians are generally laid-back, open and direct. They say what they mean and are generally more individual and outgoing than many other cultures. You may think that most Australians live in the 'outback' out in the country. In fact, more than three quarters of Australians live in cities and in urban centres, mainly along the coast.
Some key values that reflect the Australian way of life include:
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of religion
- Equality regardless of sex, marital status, religion, nationality, disability or sexual preference
- A 'fair go' (equal opportunity) for all and support for the underdog.
|There was a long queue at the ice cream booth.|
In the workplace and among friends, Australians generally call each other by their first names. When meeting someone for the first time, it is usual to shake the person's right hand with your right hand. People who do not know each other generally do not kiss or hug when meeting. Australians show respect by looking people in the eye, however they don’t stand as close or have as much physical contact (such as hugs and kisses) as other cultures.
You may find that your Australian friends have difficulty pronouncing your name, at first. Be patient and prepared that you may need to repeat your name or say it slowly at the beginning. As friendships develop, you may find that your friends give you a nickname, which is very common in Australia and is a form of endearment.
Sport CultureAustralians love their sport and most people watch the finals of major sporting events, even if they don't normally have an interest in the sport. Popular events include the State of Origin and Melbourne Cup.
Men and Women
Men and women are treated equally in Australia. Women make up nearly 50% of the workforce and most women remain in the workplace after they marry, and many after they’ve had children. Women are also free to breastfeed in public.
There are no social rules regarding friendships or dating in Australia. Friendships with members of the opposite sex, and social events with both sexes are common. It is also common for couples to live together before they are married, or for men and women to live in a share-house together.
People in Australia generally don't have servants, and men and women equally share the cooking and domestic duties in the home. (Continued below).
|The batter fried mushrooms smelled delicious.|
Australians often use humour and are considered to be quite sarcastic. The Australian sense of irony may be difficult for you to grasp at first but you'll get used to it. The Australian accent and use of 'slang' may also be confusing, but if there is ever anything you don't understand, just ask.
- Arvo - afternoon
- Aussie - Australian
- Barbie - BBQ/barbeque
- Bloke - man/guy
- Boardies - board shorts
- Brekkie - breakfast
- Brizzie - Brisbane
- G'day - good day/hello
- Goldy - Gold Coast
- Mozzie - mosquito
- No worries - no problem/that's OK
- Roo - kangaroo
- Snags - sausages
- Sunnies - sunglasses
- Telly - TV
- Togs - swimsuit/bikini
|Homemade pillows and casual furnishings.|
- When moving from one home to another, they say "move house." Whereby in the US its referred to as "moving." That simple difference makes us chuckle over their easy use of the language.
- They don't say "sports" in reference to sporting type activities. Instead, the say "sport" in reference to any such activities.
- Comparable to the UK, when referring to a person "in the hospital," they say "in hospital" a simple dropping of the word "the" in the sentence.
|Scented handmade soaps are popular in Tasmania as personal and gift items.|
|Handcrafter products made with wood.|
On each occasion, we find ourselves laughing out loud, loving the ease and humor they include in telling a story. Even their locally produced TV drama series illicit a sense of humor and lightness.
Although we're a bit isolated in this remote area of Castle Bay Forbes in southern Tasmania, with little interaction with locals on a day to day basis, we can't help but grasp every moment possible to spend with these special people.
Enjoy the upcoming weekend!
Photo from one year ago today, January 28, 2016: