Things I hate about Australia

I am currently in Australian for the zillionth time and I LOVE THIS PLACE. However I’ve never found the perfect destination where there wasn’t at least one little thing that I hated about it. Also I feel like making a list about things I hate about a certain place keeps me grounded / secretly makes me like it even more.

Is there a  city that you absolutely love but still have small things you hate about it?

1. It takes forever to dry my hair here

I’m not sure if its my hair dryer being wacky with the power converter or just the humidity in the air but gosh darn it what normally takes 5 minutes to do takes 10 or more and by then I just give up!

2. Sydney’s transit system

Its a bit shit. Some of the good buses that you  want to take are “pre-pay” only and there are hardly any places where you can actually buy a pre-paid ticket. It also costs $9 for a return trip to Bondi beach from circular quay. Thats ridiculous! All around for any bus the tickets are expensive and cabs are expensive too.

3.The pocket change

Australia doesn’t have the penny anymore (yay!)  but instead they have a 50 cent piece that ways a million pounds! Also they have a 20 cent coin instead of a 25 cent coin. WTF. I guess I’m just being an ignorant tourist wanting things to be the same as they are in North America but I’m just cranky because my pants keep falling down from all of this heavy change I am carrying around.

4. Capsicum

It’s PEPPERS! I don’t know why this bugs me, I guess I actually find it endearing that they call peppers capsicum but if I come home to Canada and try to use that word when I’m ordering a sub at subway the sandwich maker is all like “WTF is that?” and then I shake my fist in the air at all Australians who have taught me that word. (Yes I know this word is used other places too but this is the first county I’ve encountered it in).

5. Koalas

I’m kidding! I love them! But they do smell a little funny…. and are slightly lazy….but I’m lazy so we get along great.

6. Time difference

It’s weird being 13 hours ahead of everyone at home, I’m sleeping and they are awake complete opposite, I feel like I’m missing out on a lot. I lost a full day just traveling here.

7. Big Bugs, spiders, snakes, sharks

They scare me.

And I think that is about all I can come up with right now…. stay tuned next week for an extremely long list about everything I love about this wicked country. :)

Is there a  city that you absolutely love but still have small things you hate about it?

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    August 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Ahhh, I take your point #4 and raise you with ‘Cilantro’ – who the hell calls it that!!?? And why are Canadian restaurants all worried about whether it’s on the side or not – coriander is DELICIOUS!!!

    Most Aussies (well, country Aussies), will agree with you on #5 – they grunt (loudly and all night, usually when you are camping near them), scratch and are drunk all the time. And make a mess of your car if they cross the road at the wrong time/you drive on a road that used to be their home…

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    April 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Think you’re clutching at straws with this post haha… hope you enjoy your capsicum (in your thongs) while you’re here in Oz. ;)

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    Adam @ SitDownDisco
    April 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Wow. Sounds like you absolutely HATE. Australia. :)

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    Caroline in the City
    April 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hahaha I will NEVER call it capsicum! Stupid stupid name. I agree with the shitty transport, but since it’s better than my hometown I put up with it. The worst is that it stops running at midnight, meaning I would have to take a cab home from work.

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    April 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I seriously hate Australian coins too. They have $2 coins that are small, making you think they aren’t worth a whole lot. I walked around with $50 in coins in my pocket, it was horrible and heavy!

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