Michelle Zurcher is a student in Cooley’s Australia Study Abroad Program. This is her first posting from Down Under.
I’m sitting in the classroom where Cooley Professor John Marks just taught the Equities and Remedies class in our 5th week here. Don’t worry though — Professor Marks has Tim Tams for all the students to try for the “breakfast of champions” this morning. This short chocolate bar melts in your mouth with a crunch of chocolate wafers in between.
Australia is quite a unique place that has a touch of the European and American feel, yet it’s definitely its own distinct country. If you’ve never been Down Under, here are a few things to know:
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1. Band aids. They’re expensive and fall off if you buy them in AU.
2. Contact solution. It’s 3x the price here ($13.99 vs. $42.00).
3. Zip Lock bags. For food or fun (so your shampoo in your luggage doesn’t leak).
4. Facial soap, make up, and so on. It’s either too expensive or they don’t have what we are familiar with here.
5. Razors because of how expensive they are. My theory is that half of the people have such close European ties that they don’t shave, so Aussies have to make up that lost cash with those who do shave.
6. Shampoo. Try $50 for a big bottle of Matrix. If you bring your own, then you have all that extra room for souvenirs on your way home when you leave your empty bottle of shampoo in AU.
7. Clothes. Don’t plan to buy any new clothes because all the clothing here is very high priced and lower quality.
8. Q-Tips. I appreciate America so much more for this one item.
9. Pillow because it’s a long flight.
10. Winter clothes even in their summer. Melbourne has a 4-season climate that can occur all in the same day.
11. Bank of America Credit Card. There is a sister bank called West Pac in AU that doesn’t charge you fees for withdrawing cash from their bank.
1. Body wash soap. You can buy it dirt cheap here.
2. All of your best friends. Make new ones, grow from new experiences, and blossom from meeting new people. P.S.: I have met more people from other countries than people from AU.
Know these terms:
1. Tomato Sauce. Apparently Aussies don’t know what Ketchup is.
2. Gherkin. If you’re making deviled eggs and need pickle relish, you’ll be getting an eyebrow raised by the grocery store employee if you ask for relish.
3. Mate. That’s a friend, not someone married to someone else.
4. Target, Big W, and K-Mart. They’re not the same stores your mother shops in America.
5. Homework. Yes you have homework in AU, even though it can feel like you’re on a vacation.