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Nesties in Australia, pls come in:)

Hello ladies,

A quick intro as it's been about 5 years since I've been on this board!  I'm an Aussie who lived in Chicago for 10 years, and have since moved back to Australia (Adelaide) with DH (who is American) to have kids and be close to my family.

That said, I feel more American than Aussie sometimes as I lived in Chicago from age 17-27, so my whole "adult life".  It's been hard adjusting to the cost of living here and the general inconvenience of things, compared to the US.

Can anyone relate or sympathise?  Food is so expensive, service is slow, and everything shuts so early!  I mean, I love Australia and we are here to stay, but geez, everything costs more.  

Thoughts?:) 

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Re: Nesties in Australia, pls come in:)

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    Thoughts?:) 

    You are preaching to the choir?

    I've been here 18 months and so far the CBA and the ROI are just not worth it.

    ETA: You should probably take what I say with a grain of salt.  I'm a bit bitter towards Oz at the moment.

     

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  • I have my moments. I really used to miss not getting to the grocery store or Walmart at 9pm, but now I've adjusted and I think ahead so much more. I don't think I'll ever get over prices but I'll take it. I love this place. Just today DH and I were driving and we both said how beautiful this place is. I love Brisbane and though I'm so far away from friends and family, I will be very sad to leave this place when the time comes.
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  • You just have to take the good with the bad like with any country. But feel free to vent!

    Food is more expensive but wages are higher, taxes are higher but health care is accessible and affordable (well maybe not in the outback) and you can access welfare if unemployed or low income earners (as a citizen) and things shut early- but work/life balance is better.

  • I think there is only one poster who will disagree with you on any of your points.  And I read those contributions with serious disbelief; I am certain that poster has not spent any real time in Australia in at least a decade.

    I certainly agree with you.  There are things I love about Australia, but none of them are consumer-related, with the single exception of Violet Crumbles.

    But...Welcome Back to the board!  I love Adelaide, and were I able to pick anywhere in Australia to live, it would certainly be there.

    Feel free to come by and vent to us at any time.  We all understand.

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    I think there is only one poster who will disagree with you on any of your points.  And I read those contributions with serious disbelief; I am certain that poster has not spent any real time in Australia in at least a decade.

    Au contraire!  I find food cheap, service awesome and things are open until a perfectly reasonable hour.  But I came from Norway, which is the exact opposite of all those things. :)

    Also I haven't been here long enough to get jaded.  In due time.

    OP I also find myself losing my American-ness.  I left the US at age 24 and I'm 29 now.  I don't know if it's growing up, or being away, or a combination of them both but I definitely understand what you mean.

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  • Oh yeah, I can relate to all of that. I'm in Mount Gambier to I probably can relate more to your situation than I do most of the other Aussie girls who are either on the east coast or Melbourne where things are much different.

     There are so many things I love about being here, but then there are some things that just frustrate me.

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