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Culture Shock in Australia. What to expect?

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A common misconception I’ve heard repeatedly is that Australia has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Of course that statement in itself is true, but one shouldn’t forget that the majority of Australia is uninhabited and that 90% of it’s population is concentrated around the coastal regions – therefore increasing population density in those areas.
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Drivers will slow down and wait at a zebra crossing even if there is just one guy approaching who looks like he might want to cross.
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Experiences vary from person to person, so by approaching your new venture with an open mind and a realistic view it will enable you to move forward and adapt to your new life abroad.
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The Aussies are incredibly friendly, welcoming people and are very well known for their laid-back attitude. They enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and are, for the most part at least a social bunch. Whether you’re out for a night on the town, having a beer at your local pub or simply strolling along the beach front you won’t have much trouble striking up a conversation with the locals.
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I found an article not so long ago about a middle aged British expat who shared his story with the Telegraph newspaper after migrating to Australia. Unfortunately the reality didn’t measure up to his expectations and he decided to return to the United Kingdom.
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I have traveled around the world and never really felt shocked about any culture. You keep an open mind and be polite and all your travels will be filled with beautiful memories.
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I think Australians are lucky in that the infrastructure and the social welfare and legal systems were laid out quite well when the country was founded. For China however, there has been a series of dramatic changes during the past decades - it is an ancient nation yet fairly new in the modern sense, therefore leading to various problems in educational, political and economic system awaited to be ratified.
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For being such an advanced country, Australia could definitely be classified as a bit backwards when it comes to the Internet. Monthly packages that are dependent on Gigabytes of usage? Please, that is so 1999. However, that is the way it works in Australia, often resulting in very few locations providing free Wi-Fi points for travelers to connect to.
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I lost many rounds along the way, but I think this time I have come up trumps, unlike last time, when I had no idea reverse culture shock even existed.
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The Aussies are incredibly friendly, welcoming people and are very well known for their laid-back attitude. They enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and are, for the most part at least a social bunch. Whether you’re out for a night on the town, having a beer at your local pub or simply strolling along the beach front you won’t have much trouble striking up a conversation with the locals.
I think that is why alot of Westerners come to Australia to vacation. They just want to be somewhere nice and slow and where the people are friendly. You won't get that in any big city in the US.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned the different holidays the Aussies celebrate such as Australian day, and Melbourne Cup day, and lack of American holidays such as Thanksgiving and Halloween, though Halloween does seem to be picking up there very quickly. Also driving on the left side of the road can be quite an adjustment for an American, even if just walking the streets.
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