Laugh along with me as I share stories of my life as a transplanted American now living in Australia. This is a light-hearted look at adjusting to a new life in a new country. Perfect reading whether you live in Australia, are considering a move or trip to Australia or just love this beautiful country of Oz. Australians will also enjoy seeing their country thru a foreigner's eyes. #yankinaustralia #humor #Australia #American #Aussielingo #travel
So, after driving from Adelaide
to the Melbourne Airport
to pick up my mother who was visiting from the U.S., we headed out to our first
stop of our 'Thelma and Louise' road trip…Costco! Yes, that’s right! Costco! Anyone who
knows me, knows that I LOVE Costco! When I lived in the States it was part of
my regular shopping pattern, so being able to visit the Costco in Melbourne is almost like
visiting home for me because it’s so familiar. Now that I live in Adelaide, to my dismay, the nearest Costco is an 8-hour
road trip to Melbourne!
I so miss some of my favorite American must-haves that I can’t get anywhere
salsa (I purchase it by the bucket load!) “orange” cheddar cheese, Reese’s
Peanut Butter Cups…not to mention a Costco hotdog (which is different in Australia than the U.S.) and a berry smoothie.
Mmmmm…my mouth is watering just thinking of it!
Won't find meat pies on the menu in the U.S.!
My poor husband! I know I drive him absolutely crazy at
times when we are on vacation. Being relatively new to Australia, I
don’t have a great sense of where things are in relation to another. You know,
the way you can estimate in your head how long it takes you to get from home to
a nearby city. For instance, I know that it takes about 3 hours to drive from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington.
I even know the roads and highways to get there without having to use a GPS.
Anyway, when my husband and I are on vacation even remotely
close to Melbourne,
I ask him, “Are we close enough to stop by Costco?” To which he’ll reply,
“Costco is 5-hours out of our way.” And then he knows what’s coming next. In a
voice reminiscent to a little girl asking her daddy for a pony, I reply, “Five
hours? That’s not too bad, is it?” Believe it or not, sometimes my adorable
husband gives in because he knows how important it is to me to stock up on my Kirkland salsa supply and
get my berry smoothie fix. What a guy!
So now that Mom is here, and we find ourselves in Melbourne, I insist that
we make a detour to Costco before heading out to our final destination of the
day...beautiful Torquay, (pronounced “tor-kee”). My poor Mom, having just
traveled about 19 hours across the Pacific, is now having to traipse around
Costco, even though there is one just minutes from her home! She’s a real
trouper willing to do so because she loves me. And besides…we need food for our
Lifeguard bollards tower over my Mom in Geelong, Victoria
After about an hour in Costco we were very hungry, but
decided to skip the Costco hotdogs and hustled over to Geelong for a quick bite to eat. Was THAT a
mistake! We arrived there hungry and ready for a late lunch (around 2:30pm),
with our stomachs rumbling like Mt. St.
Helens before it erupted! (A volcano where we live, that
erupted in 1980.) To our dismay, we found that all the restaurants along the
waterfront were CLOSED! What??? Is that possible? Apparently so! Turns out they
all close down after lunch for a few hours and re-open for dinner. We had hit Geelong at precisely the
wrong time of day. It was a bit hard to comprehend because in the States
nothing closes like that, so it took us by surprise.
Disappointed, we quickly looked at the adorable and
whimsical statues (bollards) that dot the waterfront of Geelong. These statues are actually quite
historical having been made out of huge wooden pylons recovered from the Yarra
Street Pier which was destroyed by a fire in the 1980’s, and depict historical
icons of the area. All I know is they make great photo-ops and tower over my mother!
Hungry and tired, Mom and I quickly headed to the surfing
capitol of Australia,
Torquay, home of brands like Rip Curl, Roxy and Quicksilver. There, we stayed
at the luxurious Wyndham Resort with crisp, clean white sheets and room
service. Is anything sweeter?
After enjoying our dinner (called ‘tea’ in Australia) and
showering off the travel of the day, we sipped on mojitos over ice which we purchased
earlier at Costco and reminisced over our day. We had both traveled long distances and
enjoyed our reunion at the Melbourne
airport before heading to Costco. We learned that we can’t always count on
restaurants being open when we are hungry. And we discovered that we really