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5 Reasons Why Australia is Better & Worse than the US

November 23, 2011

Here’s a quick list of 5 ways that I see Australia as being superior to US and five ways that I believe it is inferior.

Disclaimer, I live in Australia and have never lived in the US. Most of my information derives from reading over the years.

Why Australia is Better

1. Great beaches and unique wildlife

With majority of the population living on the coast, beaches are not far off. Australia has many great beaches and coastlines. The Australian culture around the beach-scene is worth mentioning as well, but something similar can be said about places such as California.

Every continent and most countries have their own unique set of wildlife. But Australia, due to its geological history of being so remote has one of the most unique groups of animals e.g. marsupials anywhere in the world.

2. Universal healthcare system and a better safety-net

Australia has a relatively great healthcare system that allows universal coverage to most people. I personally have never heard of a person going bankrupt due to their health in Australia. My understanding of the US healthcare system is that it’s not universal, and suffers from constant increases in health insurance premiums from private health providers. US has state of the art medical research and technology but is only available to those with big pockets.

The safety-net inAustralia is stronger preventing many people who would be in poverty a chance to get back up. Sure there are those who cheat the system, but that is a side-effect that has been addressed in various ways.

3. Political climate not as divided

Having become much more interested in Australian and US politics, I get to compare the two systems regularly. I see Australian current political climate as much more tame with less bipartisanship. I do get a feeling that Australia is heading in the wrong direction with divided party lines, but it’s not even close to the deadlocks seen in theUS.

There is more opportunity in Australia for minor and independent parties to have a seat and a voice. US system has been shaped in such a way as to prevent any independent candidate from even get past the starting lines.

4. Better education system

Having finished watching a documentary on the US education system titled ‘Waiting for Superman’, Australia produces better results in all categories and subjects for students in schools. I am still unsure why that is, but it could be the higher standard of teacher training and subject material. Finland is said to be the best in the world with a strong teachers union, so I don’t think the unions are the only thing to blame in the US system.

5. Good gun restriction laws

Some US citizens would probably see this as a negative, but having lived in Australia that has strict gun laws, the tired old argument in favour of  guns doesn’t hold water. The argument follows as such, if you get rid of guns then only the criminals will have guns, how are we to protect ourselves? Gun violence is very low and criminals using guns against citizens is even lower in Australia, it seems a good police presence does the trick without worrying if the guy you accidently bumped in the cinema, and whose popcorn got spilt, will not return the favour with some hot led.

Why Australia is Worse

1. History of the country not as rich

There is a joke I once heard that goes like this:

What is the difference between yogurt and Australia?
Yogurt has some culture

What the above lines poke fun at, is the short history of Australia that is responsible for the lack of long standing traditions and sophisticated cultural marks. Sure the US doesn’t stand a chance against European culture that spans several millennia, but it is double that of Australia. There is a sense that the Revolutionary and Civil wars and the Constitution have enriched the patriotism and connection to the past for many US citizens. Don’t get me wrong Australia has many distinct things about it, but it’s still a modern country.

2. Little influence in the world

Being water bound and with a small economy comparatively, Australia hasn’t been a big player on the world scene. Perhaps we are living in changing times in world history with global powers shifting. Australia with their badge of successfully surviving the GFC, is receiving more recognition. There are also whispers of the US being the modern day Roman Empire facing a slow decline.

Regardless Australian markets still move as a response to other countries rather than the other way around.

3. A lot more uninhabitable land

As previously mentioned Australian population is very coastally populated. That is due to the vast amount of dessert it has. The distances don’t help tourism and local expansion of housing. That is party why we have less than 1/12 of the US population and still struggle with land.

4. Right to free-speech not as strong

I personally do favour the stronger support for the right to free-speech that the US holds up.

I also think Australia is doing poorly with internet censorship laws that are being introduced. Having said that there is currently a bill in Congress being proposed that would appear to stifle the freedoms of the internet, but that appears not to have a high chance of passing.

5. Talent doesn’t take you as far

I don’t know how true it is in reality, but I have read that Australia has a tall-poppy syndrome that collectively tried to hold people down that attempt to succeed ahead of the pack. US tends to do the opposite by raising and look up to those individuals with talents.

Also due to the larger population if you are more successful at something the reward tends to be greater. You constantly hear Australian comedians, actors entrepreneurs and business people moving to the States for the prospect of receiving greater recognition and pay-cheques.

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  1. Inna Goubina permalink
    November 23, 2011 4:06 pm

    Good points, Sash,

  2. James permalink
    July 7, 2012 11:07 pm

    In response to this commentary, lets step back and think about this for a moment…..hmmm…..

    Australia beaches better? From who’s perspective? The water here in Australia is pretty much frigid year round and is BARELY tolerable without a wet suit from Sydney-latitude North. Except for Queensland and the the far Northern border of New South Wales the sand has a dingy orange color that looks like red mud. As previously mentioned the water is very cold–20 C is the most you could hope for in water temps even in the hottest part of summer and if you do go far enough North where the water is tolerable everything in the water wants to eat or kill you, so what’s so great about a beach like that?

    The Southeastern United States have sugar white sandy beaches with bathwater like ocean temps that are an an exotic tropical joy to bathe in. The people of the Southern U.S. are heaps friendlier too than anything that Sydney, Melbourne or most of Australia could ever hope for too. Just refer to Inna’s comment above if you want an example of what I’m talking about. She seems like a typical inferiority complex stricken Aussie that opens her mouth about things she has little knowledge of and loves to point out the flaws of others but can’t stand to have her’s thrown back in her face.

    And now the healthcare thing….

    About the only thing Australia might be better at is providing healthcare to it’s citizens, but at what cost? This country is ranked as one of the highest taxed, highest cost of living countries on Earth, so what you gain in one respect, you lost in another.

    As far as QUALITY of healthcare, the two countries are just about equal, except the United States has made many more advances in the area of medicine, which it GLADLY shares with the rest of the world, mind you.

    Next point…..

    Unique wildlife? Well yes, Australia has unique wild life, but are you trying to say America doesn’t? Bears, white tailed deer, mountain lions, hummingbirds, oppossums, rattlesnakes, copperheads, bison, moose, are just a few of the mammal and reptile species you’ll find over in America; not to mention the countless number of bird species that are UNIQUE to the country, so you can’t use that argument.

    Moving right along….

    Better education system in Australia? Maybe for those who can afford it. The public school system here SUCKS. Kids even have to pay for their own transportation to and from school.. Private schools, which have far more pupils enrolled than the Australian public school system, are indeed better, but private schools are better than public schools ANYWHERE so you can’t really count that.

    The United States has the largest free public school system in the world and children from all other nations eagerly endure long waiting lists to have a chance enter America on the exchange student Visa program. This includes many Australian children.

    I’m not sure what the Australian curriculum includes for primary education these days, but after living here for 5 years I am positive history is not regarded as an important subject.

    Furthermore….

    “Good gun restriction laws.”

    Since guns were pretty much banned from Australia back in the 90’s violent crime in this country has risen nearly 200% and that is a common fact you can google. That’s more than any Westernized nation on the face of the Earth. America watched Australia closely in this matter and it just proved what Americans have said all a long; guns in the hands of honest, law abiding citizens protect people and protect property. If you criminalize guns, then only criminals will have them and how true is that. Just yesterday there was a drive by shooting in Red Fern, a suburb of Sydney. Yes America watched and America learned from Australia’s mistake. It’s puzzling why Australia refuses to learn from anyone else’s errors and all but demands to repeat the mistakes of others (see comment above about History being taught in schools).

    Summary:

    Australia is going through an identity crisis and it has been for a long time. It’s not easy being England’s red headed step child. There isn’t any manufacturing here. Australia is a nation of consumers, not producers so they have very little if any culture of their own and the odd resemblance of a culture you do observe here has been adopted from someplace else. Even their nationally celebrated food, Vegemite is owned by Kraft, an American food company. **on a side note** I actually had an Australian man argue with me that Kraft, Webber BBQ, and Holden were Australian owned and founded companies. What else does Australia want to claim as their own? Are Coca Cola and Pepsi next?

    Many Australians, like other people with an inferiority complex and/or identity crisis feel that the only way they can feel better about themselves is to put someone else down. It’s time we stop behaving this way. Whatever the current problem or current boogieman floods the local media in this country, there’s going to be someone, somewhere somehow will try to blame America for all the problems down under, instead of first looking in the mirror.

    Get a life, people.

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 22, 2012 9:12 pm

      You sir clearly do not know of Aussies

    • Mark permalink
      October 21, 2012 5:06 pm

      James,

      You friggen hit the nail on the head perfectly. I’m a Californian that’s been living here for a few years. I moved here thinking this would be the land of milk and honey. Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake in doing so.

      Education (and I should know, I’m a teacher)- the state schools here are equal to the states in their poor education system. A couple positives- you don’t have the cliques like we do in the states- jocks, Mexicans, surfers, primadonas etc which is a plus for the schools here. You have TAFE which is an amazing system. What you don’t have is sports in the schools and this is a major flaw. The club system just doesn’t cut it because parents (in many cases) need to drive the students to the venues and if they are working, the kids don’t get sport. Your young population is going to continue to get heavier, and the country will continue to get worse in world events.

      Wildlife- Australia cannot compare to the states when it comes to wildlife. Yes, there are lots of kangaroos and crocs in the north, but really, that’s about it. Deer are just as plenty in most states, and then, yes, as you mentioned, bears, mtn lions, bobcats, moose, etc. etc.. Even the fishing in the states is amazing. Fish here on a river and you may get some bara but fish there and you will definitely get trout, salmon etc. The ocean fishing in both countries is comparable. Any large ocean mammals here, you would find possibly in greater number either on the east coast or the west coast of the states. Hunting in the states is also amazing and with the tag system in place we have a great system of preserving our wildlife.

      Health care. Yes, okay, Australia has public health care. Unfortunately I have a nose polyp right now that needs to be removed. I’ve been referred by the doctor to the state hospital to have it removed. It will take 3 months to get the state hospital to look at it, and possibly up to another 6 months to have the operation.

      The cost of living in this country is extreme. The salaries are higher, so in some ways that makes up for it, however the complete lack of products offered to the Australians is sad. If you guys ever had a chance to go to the states and walk into a sporting good store or a supermarket I think you’d be shocked at what’s available to the Americans.

      Scenery- Yes, Australia has some beautiful coast line. So does the states. Australia has beautiful deserts. So does the states. What the states have that Australia doesn’t is the pacific northwest, and the rocky mountains. America has it all.

      On top of this, with all of the American TV and movies in this country Australians often act very similar to Americans.

      Americans can be annoying. I understand that. But if you go to small town America, you will find the kindest people. There isn’t a week that goes by here that I am given the finger driving or get yelled at for something. It’s a pretty agro place and you probably wouldn’t find that in the states to this degree.

      The one thing going for this country is the population is small. It’s not overcrowded and this is a great thing.

      That being said, regarding everything else, I think the states is actually a better place to live. I know I’m going to get hell for saying that because I’m American, but had to say it. I’m on this site because I’m frustrated about living here. After 3 years, it’s time to throw in the towel and go home to California.

      • Nigger permalink
        February 7, 2013 3:10 pm

        > the beach water in australia is -20c
        >water at -20c
        >-20c
        Thats ice bro, did they not teach basic chemistry in america? Btw you never get ice anywhere near the coastal areas.

      • Matthew permalink
        May 11, 2014 10:48 am

        Mark you are welcome to leave you know nothing about this country so please don’t whinge about it the people here are kind and would help anyone in a heart beat including you even bagging us out we would still help tou because that’s what we do

    • Aussie permalink
      March 28, 2013 10:36 am

      Mark,

      You have made some very good points. If you want to succeed by anyhow, Australia is not the place. I read a post in a news paper that a man who was Phd and worked in NASA for few years was not able to get any job over here. My wife herself, came here to work from USA, found these people are so narrow minded and have very little trust on people if they are not white australians. USA is still and will be a land of opprtunities

    • Naveen Jeshanth permalink
      December 19, 2013 8:02 am

      James ! i had trouble in choosing which country to go for.. now i m crystal clear..

      USA is the destination !

    • thunder from down under permalink
      December 28, 2013 2:20 am

      For some of the people who are saying australia is only a place of consumers and not producers. If you didn’t know australia has one of the largest mining industries in the world and also being the worlds second largest producer of seaborne ore.also having mineral and ore stocks valued at over $737 billion.Australia holds approximately 35% of global nickel reserves and 23% of bauxite reserves. As a result in 2009 australia contributed more than 30% of bauxite and 15% of nickel output globally. Also australia is the worlds largest exporter of iron ore which is used to make steel and without steel the world is absolutely screwed.

    • Matthew permalink
      May 11, 2014 10:44 am

      James you don’t know anything about Australia we are very passionate about our country the beaches are beautiful we don’t have -20 degree water unless your near Antarctica the water is beautiful all year round and the sand on our beaches is beautiful so before you whinge about this awesome country get some facts

    • Ivvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvyrox permalink
      June 13, 2014 8:44 pm

      James, you certainly know nothing about Australia. Before you critique our country…. face it, Australia has better beaches, Australia has HEAPS better gun restrictions, and no, we don’t have -20 degree waters, you’d have to be swimming in Antarctica to be that cold. Australia has better safety net etc. Would you rather live in a country where you wake up in the middle of the night and get shot 20 times by a random person? Or….live in a country where you are totally safe? So, before you act like an idiot and come up with random facts? WHY DONT YOU VISIT AUSTRALIA? or…MAYBE LIVE HERE? We Auzzies are VERY proud of our country. And remember that Australia is only a young country, we only got discovered in 1788. Australia is developing rapidly, by 2020 Australia will be one of the leading countries in the world, SO WATCH OUT AMERICA!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    May 9, 2013 3:04 pm

    James is pretty much spot on in his assessment, whom ever wrote this is ignorant on so many levels. I know and appreciate everyone is entitled to voice their views but i have become so irritated by uneducated simple minded morons who make unfounded statements. My suggestion to the author of this is to go back to school take some courses in biology, history and political science then return with an informed arguable perspective instead of your current argument which has little more basis than an year 1 student explaining why his father is better than another child’s father during show and tell. Not one of your arguments in either direction can be supported by fact. Oh in case you’re wondering I’m Australian

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 2, 2013 10:34 pm

    having family living in the usa since 9/11 many us citizens now dont have the free rights they once had its now a police state and as for that god awfull patriots act abe lincoln would have told george w bush off just watch that us cops show i mean cuffs on people because they feel under threat gee at least here in australia our police treat you with respect and honor and the law protects its citizens not makes em feel guilty come on usa get back to your pre ww2 status and get the respect of the planet back you can do it a fellow colonial brother thanks.

  5. June 28, 2013 3:47 am

    I hope America starts to become better than Australia in every way.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    July 7, 2013 10:01 pm

    Lol

  7. midatlanticweather permalink
    August 9, 2013 9:02 am

    Honestly, the USA is better. Freedom means a lot. Plus, the US influenced the world more. Both the US and Australia are good nations.

    • Richard permalink
      August 13, 2015 11:57 pm

      what freedom. Freedom of speech isn’t being denied but its being curved in a very negative way. Right to bear arms, is hotly debated. The goverment has a huge loophole that allows them to ignore petitioning (DMCA 1201, about 40 million people openly opposed it and less that 45 million (there are about 200 million adults in the US) were even aware, goverment still passed it.), the people have no recourse after petitioning in the constitution against the goverment, none, I am not saying rebellion or the use of violence as that is a constitutional no no. US isnt ran by the majority of people anymore, its ran by a small number of people. The 4th amendment of the Constitution mine-as-well be removed see NSA, the 4th amendment (while being supported by other amendments) is the ultimate protection against goverment prying eyes, ears and hands. For crying out loud, when I wipe my ass, uncle sam shouldnt access to know which hand(s) I use. When a farmer out right buys a tractor he owns that tractor, IT ISNT SUBJECT TO BE CONSIDERED a purchase of a license (DMCA chapter 12 caused that). The right to own property is being subverted and removed from the people.

      I do not plan on living like cattle.

      So please, put down that cup of kool-aid uncle sam gave you and have some coffee and wake up.

      When it comes down to money and only money and how the US can make a buck from it (see US War History, and Past, Present, Planned Foreign policys.) US goverment does not represent the people it represents commerce, money, greed. I am not poor I do well in my life.

  8. Anonymous permalink
    October 15, 2013 12:10 am

    I am planning on heading to the USA FUCK YES!!! BAAAA HAHAHAH AHA AAA

    but seriously dedicated basketball fan 4 life mother truckers! and always wanted to go so hope it alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll works out G

  9. sameer permalink
    October 23, 2013 4:53 am

    I am not a Aussie neither American but been to both countries and what I believe is what makes a country great is its people and based on my experiences in both countries I can firmly say that Americans are very friendly, kind and have a heart of gold. I never felt in America that I am somewhere in a foreign country on the other hand in Australia story is totally different

  10. January 10, 2014 9:28 pm

    Hi All,

    Nice discussion i found i am looking for that. Actually i am a software engineer i have chance to go either USA or Australia. For carrier and living which country is best for me i am searching. Now after reading this post and discussion i found USA is best than Australia for me.

    Thanks
    Maroof

    • Matthew permalink
      May 11, 2014 10:51 am

      Mate don’t make a move until you been to Australia you would love it here the people on here don’t know anything about this awesome country

    • Richard permalink
      August 14, 2015 12:08 am

      go to the US, under the new DMCA your work all of your will be protected like its priceless works. Personally I think thats a bad thing, but however, Given your line of work take advantage (of your skill and other people enjoy).

  11. andrea permalink
    January 24, 2014 3:56 pm

    Ok, we dont have guns, our last mass shooting was in the 80’s, after a while the “high” tax bracket really doeskin matter when in return you get basic healthcare. Its only 12% and as it comes out automaticly here you are not footed with a massive tax bill at the end of the year. I have NEVER had to wait at the hospital during an asthma attack or when i needed a hernia removed- it was found and 3 days later I had surgery. Ive been to the states and felt nothing but filthy. The taxi’s smelt and the people hard, no one smiles as a greeting and fuck off getting any treatment if your sick without insurance. You just basically wait it out or die. The homeless in the states is APPALLING! Everywhere you turn a homeless person is Begging! I have Lived in 3 capital cities in Australia and never ever had that! The filth, people certificate on the streets of new york and its considered completely normal. Not to mention our education system IS far superior, Having completed my Masters last year all under “hex debt” that gets paid out of my earning for the year. I was brought up in a low income family too, mother disabled and father a janitor. It is the world of opportunity, your brain is just too small to realise.

    • May 16, 2014 8:43 pm

      Clearly you’ve only experienced the big cities of America. Until you’ve actually traveled a bit more and seen a bit more of our huge country, you really have very little to base your opinions on. I live in Melbourne, Australia currently and I can tell you that it’s just as filthy and dirty here as some of our big cities back in America. I LIVE here so I KNOW… and I am American. Let’s be realistic shall we?

      As for waiting, ya, emergencies are often handled promptly but everything else can take months if not years. There’s an obvious give and take but I have to say, I definitely miss the hospitals back home where you don’t have to share a room or pay for every single thing you use, like parking or t.v. or internet. Being in the hospital here is just pure misery!

    • Anonymous permalink
      June 14, 2014 2:09 am

      Trying to compare a city of 20 million people to your country of 21 million people. Not sure if serious or dumb

      Yes, New York is almost the entire population of Australia, think about that for a second then reevaluate your comment.

      Any city that surpasses 10 million, you are going to start seeing beggars and homeless. Let alone a country that has three figure millions. I have been to Moscow, London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago etc. All of them are filthy to an extent and harbor homeless.

      Australia has the benefit of being a young country with a small population, you do not face the same problems as major world players such as the United States.

      Neither country is better, both offer much different experiences to life.

      • June 14, 2014 12:45 pm

        Actually, the cities here in Australia are every bit as crowded if not more so than any big city in America. Australians like to live together like packs of wolves and squeeze as much as they can into the tiniest spaces which leaves the rest of the country mostly uninhabited. The reason I bring this up is a difference in population doesn’t make one bit of difference in the multitude of people that reside together in a given space, therefore, they’re just as likely to see the same kinds of crime rates as we would if you take into account the percentile difference between the numbers of people. I have lived here for several years now… sure do miss having some actual land… lol. They seem to think a tiny little plot of dirt to set your house and barbecue on is plenty here and drive like maniacs.

  12. andrea permalink
    January 24, 2014 3:57 pm

    “people deficate* in the streets.

  13. Dilip Devdas Kumari permalink
    April 13, 2014 4:17 am

    Having been to both for extended periods, I believe that Australia is a MUCH more racist country than America. It is quite an experience to walk down the streets of Melbourne with brown skin and see glares and hear nasty muttered comments. I have not had that experience in the US. In Australia, I felt a little bit powerless and intimidated by “bogans” who can and will act out with violence.

    So much for the concept of “fair dinkum” or the Lucky Country. Just ask the Aboriginals what they think of Australia Day! Did you know that hunting of Aboriginals was legal into the 1960s??

    • June 14, 2014 12:46 pm

      Not sure I find them as racist, but definitely nationalist! They don’t like Americans too much but love our stuff. Go figure. 🙂

  14. gaurav permalink
    June 8, 2014 10:05 pm

    Totaly confused while reading comments , I wish to apply for australia and I do , but still got many doubt in mh mind, it’s easy to be their with my wife ,and how can I have P.R in australia this is the only option I got so … please help me ausssii fellas

  15. Ally permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:36 pm

    I’m just gonna say it.
    I live in Australia and I would much prefer to live in America.
    1. Australians get a lot less opportunities and you are wayyyy more likely to become really successful and famous in America. Now I’m not saying that life is all about becoming famous, because it’s not, but I’m just saying that more people thrive in America than they do here.
    2.America has a REAL winter. Australians don’t get to experience a proper winter, even the mountains aren’t getting enough snow these days. I’m the kind of person that would LOVE to wake up in the morning, look out my window and see that everywhere is covered in white snow.
    Whereas when the Americans are in a beautiful, snowy winter, the Australians are sitting here boiling to death in summer, houses and land are constantly being burned down in fires and skin cancer is the worst it’s ever been. I’ve grown to dread summer in Australia, for the fear that my house and belongings and possibly my friends and family could be affected by the hundreds of fires raging through the summer.
    And by the way, I know it gets CRAZY cold in some places in America, but I’ve spent half of my 16 years of life living in England, and I 1000000000% preferred
    that.
    3.Gun Laws.
    Yes I know innocent people are getting shot in the USA, and I’m not going to say that’s right at all. But for the record, Australians aren’t completely safe either. You hear on the news, there’s shootings, stabbings, hit and runs and fights all the time. People in Australia get murdered too.
    4.America just seems so special. They have deer, corn dogs, big celebrities, major leagues, and THE COOLEST ACCENT EVER!!!!

  16. Anonymous permalink
    August 20, 2014 12:35 am

    It’s spelt DESERT, not DESSERT fool.

  17. January 8, 2015 5:09 pm

    Yesterday i spent 300 dollars for platinium roulette system , i hope that i will earn my first cash online

  18. Josh permalink
    March 12, 2015 5:28 pm

    I’ve lived in Australia all my life and I hate it here now because the government and people here fucking suck, its an arrogant country…my girlfriend is in America because she was born in Kentucky and I will finally move away from this shithole in a few years to live in america which is much better then here

  19. Oily250 permalink
    May 1, 2015 12:20 am

    Interesting debate…. I’m orig from the UK, came to Aus in 81 and had a ball. Had a job that kept me travelling internationally 10 months a year. In my mid 30’s I got an office job in Perth, but I found the business culture… unusual. I was offered a job in Texas and jumped at the chance. Why? On reflection there was something didn’t feel right.. And 13 years later, I was very happy, and successful, in the USA. Everything worked – the seasons, the culture, the… it was great. But, my boy was about to enter middle school, and we felt that if we didn’t move back to Aus we might end up the US for ever (the GFC helped too..) and so in Aug 2009 we arrived back in Aus. One month later, Fathers day, we were walking to a restaurant for brunch and I told my partner “… I’m not sure about Australia” and on to brunch. Fancy restaurant on the beach, the “service” sucked, the food was mediocre and expensive. In that first month we ate out 3 times, and then we didn’t eat out again for 2 years. Now we just accept low expectations. Finding good, friendly, service anywhere is a rare thing. There’s just something that doesn’t feel right, and it’s worse that what it was back in 97.

    I feel very isolated down here – I tell my mum its like living in a garden shed in a small town, without internet, and only re-runs on the TV. If I see another add for funeral insurance, nail infections, or some person shouting at me about solar panels…. Arrgh!!

    But, my boy has attended a wonderful private school and he’s grown into a wonderful young man. Thats been the silver lining. And now decision time is approaching – do I stay in Aus, or move back to the US, UK, or EU. Truth is I can get by here, but, life isn’t about getting by. It’s about experience, buzz, excitement, culture, being part of something. Many of my friends after 20-30+ years in Aus are moving back to the UK. I guess they feel the same.

    So there you have it… I don’t have the words to define or explain – it’s just a hundred different things that combine to a feeling. A feeling that something is not right. Australia a very pretty place, a great place for Australians.

    I’m heading to the US in a few months, maybe I’ll end up in New England, or California, or Texas…

  20. Anonymous permalink
    December 8, 2015 8:01 pm

    I live in Australia and I went to america for holidays I love it there but theres alot of tornados and huge haisl that can kill a person. To be honest in part in america has the worst water ever!

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