Let’s start by getting a few things straight about Australia…
- Koalas are not bears (more on that later).
- We export Fosters because we don’t drink the stuff.
- Nobody rides kangaroos.
- Yes, we really eat Vegemite and we like it (most of us anyway).
- We don’t all live in the outback.
These are a few of the misconceptions about Australia, but there are many more. I was born and raised in Australia and moved to the US in my mid 20s. A lot of people I meet and talk to have lots of questions about Australia and Australians and I find myself answering the same questions over and over again. The answers seem obvious to me, but when I think about it, I am still occasionally baffled by things I see in this country, and I have lived here for most of my adult life. Australians learn a lot about America and Americans through film and TV. Conversely, other than the occasional blockbuster movie, Crocodile Hunter re-run and (cringeworthy) tourist advertising campaigns, Americans are rarely exposed to Australian culture and geography.
This blog is an attempt to help correct the imbalance and share some insight into all things Australian, for Americans who might otherwise not know what to ask. Having lived here for as long as I have, I hope I can share some insight into Australia in a way that is relatable for Americans.