The gift-giving is an eyebrow-raiser! People splurge on gifts for everyone they know. In 2017, Australians collectively racked up $29 billion in credit card debt at Christmas.
Who'd think, who'd know that workplace practices can be so different across continents?
Don't forget a pair of walking shoes, if you visit. Oh, did I say that kids enter free on holidays and weekends? Yay!
So, what do you do with the kids during these holidays? Well, the good news is that there are options for everyone.
Birthdays that followed were much better though. I recall Lesley and Barrie inviting us to celebrate Andy's birthday at their lovely home in Hindmarsh Island. They got out they Kayaks, and Barrie took us on his boat.
You don't have a random man standing outside charging you for 'entry' or 'parking', while handing out what looks like chits of paper, depicting a 'make shift' ticket.
The one thing I've experienced here is that you go to work to work, not make friends. I've worked in six places in the last three years in Australia, but I haven't made a single friend at work.
There were references to people, TV shows, food, footy which were 100% Australian, but eventually it was the slang that would throw me off! I stopped making random conversation - it was just too tough.
When you move from India, one of the things you want is a nice house with a back yard, but as Andy looked for those houses in Mawson Lakes, we realised that could wait till we found jobs. Yup, we had no idea how long that would take.
A catch up over coffee is pretty much an interview...