Posted by: dsduffy | February 4, 2010

Interview with my mom:


MB (Melbournebound): What are you most surprised about here in Australia?

Mom: How safe I feel. Safety as far as personally and I don’t have to worry about my stuff being taken, and the kids can run around freely. I don’t have to hold my pocketbook tight on my shoulder or watch it in the shopping cart (trolley, she means)

MB: Is Melbourne what you expected?

Mom: It is more than I ever could have imagined. I have seen pictures and have heard all about it, but being here it is a whole different feeling.

MB: What things about Australia do you wish America had?

Mom: The feeling of security, cleanliness, the casual laid-back atmosphere, and the eco-friendliness. I like the feeling that things aren’t so rushed, people have no problem waiting in line for coffee or a sandwich without rolling their eyes that it is taking too long.

MB: What do you find completely strange about Australia?

Mom: the driving on the opposite side of the road, having to navigate around the streets with cyclists and trams and roundabouts; the speed cameras (opposed to actual police officers in cars); prices are high; cafes on every street corner, sometimes even next door to each other;  the money is strange, the coins don’t really make sense (the $2 coin is smaller than the largest coin that is .50).

MB: Is it worth the 24+ hour flight to come visit Australia (besides the fact that your family is here)

Mom:  Absolutely, this is the other side of the world and there are so many things that are so different, and beautiful.

MB: What do you miss about the US that is not here in AU? (besides family, friends, and your dog.)

Mom: my cell phone (I’m so used to always having it on me); my reality TV shows.

MB: Thank you for participating in this interview. I hope you enjoy your next week and a half here in Australia! Love you!

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Responses

  1. very cute post!!I miss the safety factor…to let your kids run free and feel so safe!!

  2. Nice! It’s always interesting to see what a new arrival thinks. We start to take so many things for granted after awhile. Enjoy your time together! =)

  3. Keeping mind that I also just arrived here I agree with everything your mom said. The second comment about it being more than pictures can show was my very first thought when I arrived in Melbourne. No matter how many pictures I tried to find and look at before we came none of them gave me the actual feeling for this place or put the puzzle together for me.


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