Yank in Oz columnist Lisa Donovan
Yank in Oz columnist Lisa Donovan

New resident gets accustomed to the Aussie way

WELL, it’s official – as of July 17, I was granted permanent residency in the great land of Oz.

While on one hand, I am extremely proud and excited, I have to admit I have some reservations about this, after speaking to my husband.

I was informed that no longer am I allowed to follow American gridiron football. Starting soon will be my crash course on not only the differences between rugby league and rugby union, but which one I am supposed to follow, as well as which team.

Aside from the fact that learning about this will be about as interesting as learning how to put an engine together, I will force myself to watch it whenever possible on TV or, even better, in person.

This may or may not have something to do with the fact they wear tiny shorts with no view-blocking padding like those sissy American footballers.

I was also told that screaming at the top of my lungs when I see a kangaroo off in the distance is no longer acceptable. Apparently, I’d scream exactly the same if we were getting ready to get T-boned by a semi.

I am, however, allowed to scream at the person who has the audacity to grab the last beer out of the fridge. Including me.

Gone are the days of referring to thongs as “flip-flops” and, after many funny looks, I have decided to just go ahead and call it tomato sauce. What the heck is “ketchup”, anyway?

The Aussie way of life really is pretty appealing. Thongs, board shorts and a rugby jersey is a perfectly acceptable outfit at pretty much any event.

It’s not about living to work here, but working to live. In the States, the first thing someone will ask you is: “What do you do?” In Australia, the first thing someone will ask you is: “What have you been up to?”

So, as I do my best to adjust to tropical surroundings, barbecues and beaches, I will be trying to remember exactly what it was that made me so homesick.
 
 
 
About Lisa:
Lisa is a married mother of two beautiful girls.
Originally from America, she moved to Rockhampton with husband Mick last year.
Having recently moved to Duaringa, Lisa spends her time playing with her kids, writing and loves photography.
Lisa’s plans for the future include becoming a published author and having a gallery opening of her photography.
She especially enjoys taking photos of Australian wildlife and culture.
You can see her photos at ldonovan.blogspot.com.


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