The Holidays…not as seen on TV

The Holidays. The phrase makes you think of twinkling Christmas lights lining snow-topped roofs, eggnog and spiced rum by the fireplace, and ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. Growing up we were told about Santa ‘dashing through the snow’ and received Christmas cards depicting winter nights and families snuggled inside a warm house. There was not a single Christmas/NYE movie that didn’t feature snow, fireplaces, and everyone needing to rug-up before stepping outside.

As a child growing up in Australia this didn’t seem right to me. Our Christmas is in summer meaning the air-con was on and our advent calendars tended to melt in the lead up to the big day.

Everyone knows what happens during the holidays in the Northern hemisphere – let me tell you how they’re done ‘down under’. Continue reading “The Holidays…not as seen on TV”

East vs West

Firstly I need to say sorry for my absence – in the past two weeks I’ve moved from the east coast of Australia to the west coast and I managed to pick up a cold along the way. Now I’m on the mend, settled in, and I have internet so I am back on track!

Today’s post is going to be a little different as it’s not about a ‘travel destination’ as such. Today I feel like writing about the difference between the west and east coasts of Australia. As I’ve mentioned previously, I grew up in Perth however I spent the past 19 months living in Sydney and let me tell you they are VERY different.

Believe it or not there are some language differences between the east and west coasts. Growing up in WA our non-uniform days were called either ‘casual dress day’ or ‘free dress day’. On my first Christmas in Sydney the office received an email advising Christmas Eve would be ‘mufti day’. Now I was confused because in my limited vocabulary a muff was a part of female anatomy and definitely not appropriate to write in a work email! It wasn’t until someone explained to me that this means you get to wear casual dress that I stopped worrying about how to dress as a ‘mufti’.

Another confusion came with the word ‘footy’. Growing up in Perth, footy is 100% AFL, Rugby is Rugby (league or union, there’s no difference for a lot of WA’ers). We don’t even have an NRL team! So as you can imagine, footy tipping my first year was very confusing when I didn’t know ANY of the teams on the list. Also, take my advice here, don’t call Rugby League just Rugby over there, it never ends well. Continue reading “East vs West”