Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thunder Down Under

First word of the day: Macca's (mah keh's)

In Australia, Macca's is short for McDonald's. Weird? I KNOW.

"Can I get a Big Mac and two McChicken's?"
"Sure, that'll be $13.50."


After spending time in the US, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia, based on the Big Mac Index, Australia is by far the most expensive country I've been to on this expedition.

Here are a few examples for comparison:

McDonald's in Australia has a $2 value menu, compared to America's $1 value menu (their beef is not imported for those that think all of Australia is bush/outback.) Bananas are $1.99 per kg vs. 59 cents per lb, and a brand new Xbox/PS3 game is $90 vs. $60. My 3BR 2.5BA apartment in Chinatown which has a couple in one room, a guy in another room, myself in another room, and a dude in the living room comes out to $320...a week. One more example...a base Lexus IS-250 goes for roughly 32k in the US, but over here it goes for roughly 80k. Winner winner chicken dinner? KFC dinner maybe...

Besides the stratospheric cost of living here, Sydney has been nothing short of awesome. The people I've met have been EXTREMELY friendly and EXTREMELY helpful. I really need to thank Kevin Lee, Thoa Nguyen, and Chauie Nguyen for helping me get settled and accustomed to the Aussie way. Especially Kevin...you're my mate...mate. Living at a hostel for the first five days, most of the people I met have been from the British Commonwealth; primarily England, Ireland, and Canada. It seems Americans are not too common here as I've been asked where I'm from at least once per day after opening my mouth. Or maybe it's because there are so many FOB Asians here they don't expect them to speak with such a perfectly sexy and amazing midwestern American accent...ohhhh yeahhhh.

I thought it would be pretty rough adjusting to life here, but it really hasn't been bad at all. It still hasn't hit me that I'm here on my own, probably because I've met people that have helped me out so much. It still feels like vacation to me, but as time passes (by that I mean NOW dammit) I hope that changes because I really need to find a job. Things I've done to make it seem like I'm on vacation/a tourist:

-Walked at least 10km a day, except for today.
-Signed up to be cast as an Extra for tv/commercials/films in Australia with a hostelmate (I think we got scammed.)
-Eating out every day (the food here is sooooo good)
-Played a full game of "football" with hostelmates (I give mad props for soccer players to have that much endurance to run 90 minutes.)
-Hung out at Darling Harbour and Sydney Harbour at night.
-Hot Pot at Kevin's house.
-Lastly, the fact that I'm unemployed...I hate being unproductive.

Second word of the day: Thongs

In Australia, Thongs are considered what we call Flip Flops. Weird? I KNOW.

"Hey I like your thongs."
"Excuse me?"
"Your thongs, they're nice."
"I'm a MAN, I'm not wearing a thong."
"Your sandals."


At September 15, 2010 at 1:34 AM , Blogger jinny said...

Looking forward to the next edition of Howard's adventures.

At September 15, 2010 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Amy said...

are all those prices in USD?
cost of living in the u.s. can be considered high if living means higher education tuition.
"what is living?" is a great question to ask! as i write my loan repayment cheque due next week...

At September 23, 2010 at 12:31 AM , Blogger cheng said...

More importantly, who orders a big mac and 2 mcchickens for a single meal? Fatty.


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