Sunday, August 31, 2008

In Melbourne

Initial impressions of Melbourne, Australia:
  • Things are expensive here. $8AU for a 6" Subway sandwich? Brutal.
  • Things are big here. Hungry Jack's (Burger King) offers a "Quad" that's basically a In-N-Out 4x4, but of course not as good. Metal.
  • Internet infra sucks. Apparently it takes 2-4 WEEKS to get ADSL hooked up, plans are expensive, and there are data caps on how much you can download. Homicidal.
  • Everything opens late and closes early. Breakfast places don't open until like noon on Sundays and stores close at 4-6PM.
  • Weather changes frequently from sunny to cold to windy to warm to showers in the space of a couple hours.
  • People say "yeah", on average, about 93 times per minute. It sounds like one long "yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah".
It's not all bad, obviously. I like the look of the city: clean, not too small and not too big, not too diverse but diverse enough, and there's enough influence from Asians that there are good, spicy, Asian foods around here. Also, some downright scary (yet hilarious) mascots for candy. Pictures when I get reliable internet.

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