I can’t believe it’s been a month since I moved out to Melbourne! Honestly, this time of the year usually flies by for me but November felt like the longest month of the year. A few days ago, someone asked if it feels like I’m on vacation because time moved so slowly in November and I stumped at that because I don’t feel like I’m on vacation… but I also don’t feel like I’m settled yet, you know what I mean?
So, what is life like in Melbourne after a month?
- The trains in Melbourne are different than the ones back at home. I hate the schedule – you miss a train? Wait 15 minutes! Whereas, back at home, if you missed a train, another one comes in 2-3 minutes (or less during rush hour).
- Some produce and foods are called differently over here:
- Ketchup = tomato sauce
- (Bell) Pepper = capsicum
- Cilantro = coriander (I had such an embarrassing experience at the grocery store because of this!)
- Frosted Flakes = Frosties
- Fries = Chips (obviously!)
- Thrift stores = Opp shops
- Hours of Operations / Open hours = trading hours
- It’s super competitive out here in the job market. Definitely much more competitive than back home.
- Houses are built differently over here – it seems like a lot of them are only one level and there are no basement suites.
- Oh my gosh, I don’t think I can ever complain about the rain in Vancouver because here in Melbourne, when it pours… it freakin’ pours! We live next to a gym (literally, 30 seconds walk) and Dan was soaked from the time he left the gym because he was caught in torrential rainfall.
- There are no monthly bus passes – you just have to load up your card with 4 weeks or 52 weeks or 120 days, etc.
- Because rent can be paid weekly… a lot of people will rent out their rooms whenever they can. On Facebook, I saw someone try to rent their room for like 5 days.
- Fruits are hella expensive but meat and produce are fairly cheap.
- Sushi is completely different out here… I can’t explain it. I should probably take photos next time.
- People comment on my accent… that’s weird.
- Also, I miss hockey… so, so much.
- Plus side… I get K-Mart AND Target. Oh my lord, I can’t stop going into them.
- The phone planes are SO cheap and good! I pay $30/month and get 8gb of data and unlimited talk/text. On top of that, any unused data gets rolled over into the next month with a maximum of 200gb. Like, what do Australians do on their phone that requires this much data?!
- Major groceries delivery groceries to your door and it’s not a premium service or anything out of the norm.
- Tax is already included in the price! If I see a tag for $10, I’m paying $10 at the register.
- No tips culture!
There’s probably a bit more differences that I’ve noticed during my month here but these are what comes to the top of my head.
Of the 4 weeks here, I’ve worked for 1 week which isn’t too bad! I got a sense of the Australian workforce. I’m hoping to ditch the contract realm soon and find something permanent or at least a longer contract term.
I think I’m most excited for Christmas because it’d literally be Christmas in summer. Like, I would be wearing shorts next to my Christmas tree and I’m excited for that, lol.
Also, given that it’s been a month already… I think it’s time for me to meet new people. So I downloaded Bumble and half-assed my swipes but I’d try to put more effort into my matches.