How often have you traveled calmly to the sounds of your favorite band, expecting to reach your desired destination, only to realize that either the road is under construction or, even worse — closed? We knew it. The GPS is not sometimes wrong; it is always wrong. The Australians are so laid back that they probably just U-turned and looked for the alternative route. GPS troubles are nothing for folks living alongside spiders and reptiles on a daily.
For us foreigners, these kinds of signs can be quite annoying. It’s hard not to lose it unless you’ve embraced the Aussie way. We wish to thank the GPS for helping us waste even more of our time with this lousy technology installed.
Australians feel it is indispensable to emphasize and highlight their famous local inventions. Here is a classic example of what happens when they take it a little too far. UGGs are known to be winter's best friend. Besides being really comfortable, they do their work when it comes to warming up our feet, but there is no other word in putting this; they are hideous.
So not only did the Aussies place a gigantic statue of UGG boots in the center of town, but they went along and painted them, so there is no chance you miss them. To ensure everyone knows this is an Aussie gem, these Uggs have pictures of the Sydney Opera House and scenes of rural Australian bliss.
Selfie the Street
They seem to be intended for children only, but no. These signs are for us supposed adults and mature citizens as well. These sorts of signs should be placed everywhere. Before we start eating our dinner in the restaurant, before a concert begins, before sipping our first cup of coffee, and before we close our eyes and drift off into no smartphone land.
In the past, children were taught to look left and right. Looking up to walk was kind of implied as a prerequisite to walking. Today, they are trained to lift their heads first. How ridiculous have we become? This is a reminder just so you stay alive. Cross, then post.
The Australians are not known for being fans of the grind or hustling madly as quintessential “hard workers” and seem to always be on the lookout for another reason to go down to the beach. Between you and me, they've got it right. It’s us who are doing it wrong, being obsessed with working five days a week.
As the song goes, what are we getting out of living if it isn’t any fun? Looking for an excuse to take a day off is a job on its own. The road workers of this town just managed to crack that morning blues and gave us a spontaneous day off to cherish.
Reality changed tremendously for us humans in 2020 after the pandemic. A change of rules concerning what is acceptable and what is not has been set and is expected to be respected everywhere when meeting people. In Australia, they have taken this one a step forward, assuring we keep our distance from one another, using our kangaroo friends as a measuring tool.
Only in Australia does one need to stand one adult kangaroo apart, and everyone automatically knows what that means. But help us newbies out a little, will you? Now, how are we supposed to know who is an adult amongst the kangaroos? Don't they have small kangaroos, tall kangaroos, midget kangaroos, and some kangaroos that don't believe in social distancing?