Tomorrow Peter and I are taking a little road trip down to the surfing beaches, which we are really excited about. As the employed half, Peter has yet to really venture out of the city too far, and neither of us have been down toward the famed Great Ocean Road. We don't plan to venture too far tomorrow, but I think we will more or less get to the starting point. These are the "real" Australian beaches, where you see surfers and beautiful white sand and turquoise waters. The city beaches are nice, of course, but rockier, a little murkier, and in the bay, so there isn't any surfing.
Now some observations:
1) Australia/Australians are not nearly as concerned with political correctness, which I appreciate. When the news featured a story the other day about a teenager who assaulted two developmentally disabled people on a bus, unprovoked, the caption was "cowardly thug attacks disabled passengers". This is such a fabulously accurate description. The newscaster did not mince words and I noticed on multiple occasions, criminals have been referred to on the news as "cowards" and "thugs".
2) Some words are pronounced differently here. The best one so far I heard while watching a steak commercial- fillet is pronounced with the "T". It sounds so funny to me! Also, the letter "H" is pronounced by many people as "Haych", with a strong H.
3) Many restaurants are BYO, which means you can bring your own alcohol! I am not positive, but I think this has to do with whether or not the restaurant is licensed to serve alcohol. While you can often bring in alcohol, taking home extra food isn't really a thing. I asked for a box at one restaurant and the waitress stared at me like I had 3 heads. When I explained that I wanted to take home the rest of the food I was too full to finish, she said they didn't allow it. Someone told me it has to do with insurance requirements, but I am still a little confused by it.
And here are some random pictures from this week!
I Instagrammed this, so if you follow me there you've already seen it, but this is a pretty sunset over the bay taken from our balcony!
I went to dinner with friends this week and we found what appears to be the only Ben and Jerry's in Melbourne! Notice the frozen yogurt place next to it...how on earth does that survive?
My friends Katie, Katie, and me posing with our ice cream. Katie and Katie both moved here from California (as did almost every other American I have met here) but Katie in the middle is originally from Vermont and actually worked at the Ben and Jerry's factory in high school. Dream. Job.