I am going to let you know right away this post is not particularly serious. I have been in Australia for two weeks and I love it here. The city of Adelaide is gorgeous and there is a lot of things about the country I can really stand behind. The struggles I have been experiencing are what you would call first world problems.
- I am sitting here writing this post with the weirdest tan lines ever, so my number one struggle has to be the sun. What irks me the most is that I swear no one here is sunburnt; everyone has perfect tans! They must be able to pick out tourists right away since they are the only people getting sunburnt.
- Relating to their perfect tans, it also seems all Australians have an amazing fashion sense and just look very put together all the time. I am struggling with what to wear to different places because it is hard to read the vibe here. Like I said, it seems the majority of people just look great all the time, and me not so much. The other part of this stuggle would be that I am struggling not to spend all my money on new clothes (so I can look as put together as everyone else).
- You know how not being able to have something makes you want it more? I am experiencing that here with Kraft Dinner. I don’t even like it that much but knowing it is hard to find in stores here is making me crave it. In addition to Kraft Dinner, another food you can’t buy here is maple and brown sugar oatmeal, so I am craving that as well.
- Last thing about food, but this is a big one. Maynards Candy is not a thing here! My roommate back home and I ate one of those packs of family sized sour patch kids probably every two days and I think I am in some kind of sugar withdrawal now. My family should be impressed by how healthy I’m eating though.
- My last struggle is not being able to understand some Australian slang. There have been multiple occasions where I was talking to someone and I didn’t even understand what I didn’t understand! Then I just have to proceed with a smile and nod. If you want a good laugh watch this video on how to speak Australian. People actually talk like this here!
To be serious for a second, as I mentioned above my struggles are first world problems, and I am actually lucky to have these stuggles because they mean I am getting opportunities. Every day I am thankful for the opportunities I get.
To finish this post, I am curious if anyone else has any foods they can get at home but not worldwide that they miss when traveling. Let me know in the comments below!