No, not me……..
And now for something completely different…….
There are always two sides to every coin, of course. One of my more controversial categories has been “Cost of Living — Australia” which has attracted several comments doubting the validity of my findings. As if!
One woman in particular, Vivienne, felt that Australia was NOT cheap and made her views clear in a comment on my post about the cost of groceries in Australia.
So I replied to her comment and then she sent me the following email, reprinted here with her kind permission…….
Yes I agree there is not much difference in prices between the 2 countries but so many people I meet believe Australia is so much cheaper….may have been decades ago but not so now.
I don’t think houses are much cheaper although you do get a much bigger home in Australia so it appears to be value for money or though the quality of homes in oz are rubbish can hear all outside noise….jerry built!!!
I live in a large 100 year Victorian home and I have lived in many homes in oz being all types, and have found this home to be the quietest …considering it is terraced and our neighbours have 4 kids…still cant believe the quality of it.
I find Australia compared to England like a 3rd world country doesn’t offer too much, so much desert and dead gum trees for miles and miles. Scenery is very bland compared to the UK
UK is very lush and green with lovely architecture, quaint villages, historical sites, fantastic funfairs at the sea side …… I am
totally in love with England apart from the crime and the really cold weather.
I do believe Australia has none of that to offer.
I don’t know where you are staying in oz but I grew up in Victoria living in Melbourne, Gippsland and the famous Phillip Island……..I have moved approx every 3 years of my 35 in years in oz.
I travelled all of Australia except W.A., travelled from Melbourne by car up to Alice Springs onto Darwin then onto Cairns to Sydney and back home. Didn’t think much of the trip scenery was similar all the way , being in the outback seeing aboriginal queuing up at the pub at 9 am or there squalor huts was like visiting a 3rd world county.
I was very surprised to read that you said you weren’t paying school fees, all STATE schools in Victoria you have to pay term fees which are very expensive approx $120 per term.x3.
I and my boys have only ever gone to state schools and always had these fees also stationery fees, and uniform which trust me when kids get to secondary it is much dearer.
I cant believe that school and doctors are free here it is too good to be true in fact I feel as though I am cheating the system some how….when first arrived I offered to pay both on first visits and they both looked at me like a alien.
The other thing you need to mention in your blog is ambulance fees in oz if you’re not a member it will cost you a bloody fortune, unlike here again it is free to my surprise.
I could go on forever, but overall I do love the English people and there witty characters, their honesty and friendliness I don’t know how you find the Australians but I found them to have a lot of road rage and rude will not go out of there way for most people.
Where are you living in oz??
So that’s when I emailed Vivienne and asked her if I could quote her email online in a post and she said “Yes you can post my views on your blog” – which is why I have printed the email today. Vivienne then went on to say…..
“And yes England and Europe is steeped in history and traditions, unfortunately Australia is lacking of it.
My husband spent 30 years living in Australia he is now 63 spent all of his adult life there he was trapped with his first wife wanting to return to UKalthough he is very easily pleased were he lives, but after arriving back in UK he has vowed never to return to oz.
He is still in love with the scenery and waking up to the misty cool mornings and most of all be able to work comfortably in the weather.
My eldest boy at the time 11/12 come home from school learning telling me all about Egyptians Mummies and King Tut, invasion of Vikings, generations of royal family- Henry the eighth and so on, world war 2. School bought in a old polish man telling his story how he escaped the war and the dangers of it and so much more I cant remember it all.
My boys go to a public school (edit: I think she means state school) we don’t live in a nice area-Sutton in Ashfield and there education is superb….I never got taught any of this at school.
I find when my boys are coming home I sit there fully attentive listening and learning my self from them; they think I am dumb because I don’t know the depth of this history.
I have to remind them Australia education standards are behind.
My son left school in Australia Berwick(vice)when he was in year 2(8yr) when he started school here school was cramming allot more in at first he felt very behind and seemed to overwhelmed by it but after 6 months he caught up to the educations pace.
They say life it self is an education well it has certainly opened my eyes up exploring Europe.
I lived a sheltered life in Victoria.”
Vivienne has raised some interesting issues here and I have certainly learnt a few things. I thank her for that. She has shown us, without doubt, the other side of the coin.
I’ll give my reply tomorrow, and it might not be what you think.