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View Poll Results: Are you a fan of Australia?
Yes 99 79.84%
No 25 20.16%
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Old 02-18-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Is it a country?
Yep - it's about 1800km off the New Zealand coast.
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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It's a great place in general, but it has a few glaring issues

The Good: Laid back attitude, highest minimum wages in the world, gorgeous women, mild winters (I miss having snow during Christmas, but I'll take these summers anytime over -40C winters), decent public transportation, great culinary experience

The Bad: The laid back attitude can get in the way of productivity/services, customer care is sub par, rent is on the high end, internet speeds can be quite lackluster, hot dog stands are hard to find.

When it comes to food, I noticed that unlike in North America, Chinese restaurants don't pack their food in those white boxes, they don't give you fortune cookies and dishes like Kung Pao chicken are hard to find. Why is that?
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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It's a great place in general, but it has a few glaring issues

The Good: Laid back attitude, highest minimum wages in the world, gorgeous women, mild winters (I miss having snow during Christmas, but I'll take these summers anytime over -40C winters), decent public transportation, great culinary experience

The Bad: The laid back attitude can get in the way of productivity/services, customer care is sub par, rent is on the high end, internet speeds can be quite lackluster, hot dog stands are hard to find.

When it comes to food, I noticed that unlike in North America, Chinese restaurants don't pack their food in those white boxes, they don't give you fortune cookies and dishes like Kung Pao chicken are hard to find. Why is that?
Now that you mention it, I do remember several restaurants I ate at that had very slow service and some of the wait staff seemed grumpy. However, I never had a problem with any of the food I ate there and never got food poisoning. So, I think they must have pretty good hygiene standards. In fact to this day, the best fish and chips I have ever had in my life was in Australia. Barramundi was delicious!
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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When it comes to food, I noticed that unlike in North America, Chinese restaurants don't pack their food in those white boxes, they don't give you fortune cookies and dishes like Kung Pao chicken are hard to find. Why is that?
Thatís because those are characteristics of Chinese-American food, which is itís own regional variation of Chinese food. Iím sure there is some Australian-Chinese dish not found elsewhere.

Yes, I am a fan of Australia. My wife and I considered immigrating or living in Australia for a while, itís so much closer to Asia (by travel and time), which is a positive for us.

The glaring negative of Australia is the high cost of living relative to much of the US. Most of the positives are similar to the US, friendly people, clean, safe, high quality of life. I personally like the combination of British and Asian cultures, and I like the fact that Australia has held onto their traditions a lot more then the US.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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Thatís because those are characteristics of Chinese-American food, which is itís own regional variation of Chinese food. Iím sure there is some Australian-Chinese dish not found elsewhere.

Yes, I am a fan of Australia. My wife and I considered immigrating or living in Australia for a while, itís so much closer to Asia (by travel and time), which is a positive for us.

The glaring negative of Australia is the high cost of living relative to much of the US. Most of the positives are similar to the US, friendly people, clean, safe, high quality of life. I personally like the combination of British and Asian cultures, and I like the fact that Australia has held onto their traditions a lot more then the US.
Holding on to traditions is just a reflection of how large a migrant and first generation population we have. Half the population was born elsewhere or had at least one parent who was, so ethnic culture is a very personal thing. Itís pretty common for families to celebrate Christmas in traditional ways, with some even doing it twice so they can also have an Orthodox celebration as well.

Not a fan of the mainland European or middle eastern strands to Australian culture?
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I've only been to Darwin and a few NT outback places, and I did like it quite a lot. I was surprised at how laid back it was. Traveling in Asia, I always thought Australian travelers were even worse than Americans, loud and obnoxious. But I could easily live in Darwin.

What struck me as odd in Darwin was how few people have a private car. There is no place to go to from Darwin, so public transport is well used for getting around locally.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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I've only been to Darwin and a few NT outback places, and I did like it quite a lot. I was surprised at how laid back it was. Traveling in Asia, I always thought Australian travelers were even worse than Americans, loud and obnoxious. But I could easily live in Darwin.

What struck me as odd in Darwin was how few people have a private car. There is no place to go to from Darwin, so public transport is well used for getting around locally.
It depends on the area. Aussie tourists have a bad rep in places like Bali, but that's partially due to the number of them who go there. The same could be said of Americans in Cancun or the Carribean. Both of those are stereotypes and people will use those nationalities as placeholder names to identify the tourists in question.
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Why yes indeed, I am a fan of Australia. It is my favorite country in the world and even its geographic location is a complete benefit to me, not an impediment.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires and La Plata, ARG
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Yes. But i like NZ even more
However i wouldn't say i'm exactly a 'fan', but it's more like they actually are one of those very few countries that are impossible to dislike or dismiss.

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Old 02-18-2018, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Is it a country?
Nope, it doesn't exist. I'm a hologram.

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It's a great place in general, but it has a few glaring issues

The Good: Laid back attitude, highest minimum wages in the world, gorgeous women, mild winters (I miss having snow during Christmas, but I'll take these summers anytime over -40C winters), decent public transportation, great culinary experience

The Bad: The laid back attitude can get in the way of productivity/services, customer care is sub par, rent is on the high end, internet speeds can be quite lackluster, hot dog stands are hard to find.

When it comes to food, I noticed that unlike in North America, Chinese restaurants don't pack their food in those white boxes, they don't give you fortune cookies and dishes like Kung Pao chicken are hard to find. Why is that?
You know we have it good when "no hot dog stands" is a complaint.

Really wish they'd do something about the internet though, it's a joke. I haven't found customer care to be sub par, though if you're comparing with the likes of America where they go above and beyond due to the tipping scheme that they have, then I understand.
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