Everything is opposite

Living down under is like living Opposite Day. Everything (well, okay not everything) is opposite of how it is back home.

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The seasons are opposite: instead of autumn, right now it’s spring. Although, it feels like summer already. Halloween was HOT; instead of a cool 50 degrees it was mid 80s. (Halloween is celebrated here, but not nearly to the extent that it is back home. And everybody here knows we take it really seriously.)

Christmas is in July. Well obviously it’s in December, but it feels like July because December is summer down here. Instead of playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate on Christmas, here you’re sun baking on the beach and eating seafood.

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Down under you drive and walk on the left-hand side instead of the right. The driver’s side of the car is on the right, not the left. I am forever going to the wrong side of the car to get in. The left lane is the slow lane, you can make left turns on red and roundabouts circulate clockwise to the left.

Escalators too… I almost fell flat on my face a fair few times from trying to get on on the right-side escalator, realizing that it was going in the wrong direction. And if you don’t want to be that person, you stand on the left, and let people walk on the right.

And we can’t forget the time is opposite from back home. When it’s morning here, it’s night in the US (the day before). It’s now a 15 hour time difference to the east coast. Interestingly, not all of the states go on daylight savings here. New South Wales does, but Queensland doesn’t. So if it’s 10 am in QLD, it’s 11 am in NSW and they are directly above/below one another. Strange.

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!


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