32 Things Every American Thinks When Visiting Australia The First Time

I wonder which way the toilets flush down here?

1. IS THIS FLIGHT EVER GOING TO END?!

2. SWEET LORD, IT’S HOT. YOU GUYS EVER HEAR OF AN OZONE LAYER?!

 

3. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOUR PIGEONS?!

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4. ARE THOSE BATS?! WHY ISN’T EVERYONE TERRIFIED?!

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5. OH THANKS, AUSTRALIA! VERY REASSURING!

6. Burger King is called Hungry Jack’s.

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(Also, breakfast is ‘brekky’ down here.)

7. Flo is called Kitty.

 

8. Rednecks are called bogans.

 

9. Flip-flops are called thongs. Everyone wears them.

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10. Bars are called hotels.

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(These are also called hotels though. It’s a little confusing.)

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11. A large down here is a small in the U.S.

Large pizza in Australia.

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Large pizza in America.

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Venti coffee in Australia.

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Venti coffee in America.

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12. Some stores seem familiar, but are slightly different.

 
 

(Oh, apparently it means that down here too.)

13. Carbonated lemonade? Most refreshing thing in the world.

15. Less delicious. :(

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17. Less delicious. (Just adding in a little cheese to something doesn’t make it better.) :(

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18. Really delicious.

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19. New levels of delicious.

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The Tim Tam Slam: Bite the corners off a Tim Tam, then use it as a straw in coffee or hot chocolate. The cookie melts and gets all ooey-gooey as the hot drink passes through it.

20. Cricket: Sort of like baseball?

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21. Rugby: Sort of like football?

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22. Australian League Football: Not really like anything else, except maybe Thunderdome?

 

23. Not as many people in akubra hats as you were led to believe.

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24. Not as many of these as you were led to believe.

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(Boomerangs, not old men. There are plenty of old men.)

25. Not as many of these as you were led to believe.

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(Well, not how you’d expect.)

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26. Way, WAY more of these than you were led to believe.

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27. Also, lots more cussing.

 

28. This man is a national treasure.

 

29. It’s way bigger than you thought it was.

30. Actually, it’s a little like an upside-down America.

31. Sydney is surprisingly difficult to navigate.

32. Sure is pretty, though!

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