american expats, vol 2: 10 things i’ve learned about australia so far

Hi everyone!

It’s been awhile... again. All my posts start with that lately. I plan to get back into blogging more regularly once we get all settled here, so please hold me to it.

Joe and I have been here for just over 3 weeks now and are settling in well. We both started work and are enjoying our jobs and coworkers! We have an amazing apartment in the Manly Beach suburb called Fairlight (2 bedrooms, which is a huge upgrade from our tiny San Francisco apartment!) Manly reminds me a lot of the marina or pacific heights in SF. Once we get the apartment all setup, I’ll do an Insta story flat tour or share some photos on the blog. We ordered most of our home items online since we don’t have a car, and we’re still waiting on a few things, but I’m loving how cute it’s turning out so far!

We have a handful of American friends here, along with friends from work, but eager to meet new friends! If you have any connections out here, please put me in touch! It’s been great meeting people through mutual friends. It’s also been a fun little extended date for me and Joe. WiFi takes forever to get setup out here so we won’t have it until next week, and we don’t have a ton of plans after work given our small social circle, so it’s been nice and romantic to get to spend so much “we time” together exploring our new neighborhood.

So, down to it — I’m sharing some Aussie observations & fun facts that I’ve noticed so far in my 3 short weeks here:

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1. Everyone is so fit & active.

I love it! It’s very inspiring. Joe and I have found ourselves outdoors as much as possible. When the ocean is your backyard and the weather is this nice, it makes it a lot easier. Most people in Australia have gone for a run or swim, met a friend for coffee, and are ready for the day, all by 8 am. Swimming is very popular here, and every beach has a freshwater pool (check out my photo of Bondi’s on my last post — it’s the most stunning). I’ve been a little chicken to try the Bold & Beautiful swim, which is a swim from Manly Beach to Shelly Beach and back with a group of hundreds of people who meet to do it each morning. Hopefully by next post I will have tried it!

2. Grabbing a coffee is a big ordeal here.

Aussies are coffee snobs no doubt. It’s more than a caffeine fuel here though, it’s a social activity like I haven’t seen before. Everyone wants to meet for a coffee, like the way we’d meet for drinks. They take their coffee very seriously and all the cafes are so cool and trendy. I’m still navigating what I like to order, but my favorites are flat whites, piccolos, and long blacks. The long Black is the closest to a good old American cup of joe. PS: they’re even bigger on avocado toast than San Francisco, but here it’s called “smashed avo” (because, point #5 below, obvi.) #basicAF and I’m fitting in quite nicely.

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3. I miss sandwiches.

There are barely any spots to grab a deli sandwich, which is my guilty pleasure. I knew all the best sando spots in SF, but I’m lost here. All the sandwiches here are like smoked salmon, European type baguettes, or ham croissants. They’re more about their rolls (which are actually croissants), but “sausage rolls” are pretty damn good too if I’m being honest. Definitely buying deli supplies at the grocery store to get my fix of sandos.