If you didn’t actually comment on Step One to ask “WHY?” you may have been thinking it.
Second, its the warmth everywhere else. Also hard to argue with that. Because my dad is something of a Native historian, I grew up wondering to myself how they did it. Without thermal undies, micro-fleece, built-in hand-warmers, electric heating and other modern amenities, I can’t see this country being very liveable 10 months of the year. In comparison, look at much of the rest of the world. Its 20 above in lots of the world right now (not here) and in many of those places its night time! Morocco, St. Lucia, Mexico and yes – Australia. Why not go to one of those places? Riiight?
Other things Oz has going for it include:
- Warmth – oh, I said that already? Sorry.
- English speaking: Dan and I are both pretty good at English, so that was a plus.
- Somewhat familiar culture – although we’ve never been there, collectively, we’ve read like 5 books about Australia, we’ve seen Mad Max and Finding Nemo and we think we recognize some aspects of the culture. Thanks to my dad, I already call barbecues, barbies, scallops, scallies, I say “no worries” and “cheers” like I invented them and I call wallets, walnuts (that’s not an Aussie-ism, that’s just dad).
- They wanted us: Dan is an aerospace engineer. Australia thought that sounded pretty sexy and decided to let us in. No where else was as eager to have us.
- We’re pot committed: So far we’ve spent quite a few dollars on this, and at this point, its better to stay in.
- We love the activities that you can do year-round in Australia. We know Canadians love their hockey and their skiing. There was even a time in both our lives when we enjoyed those, and snow-shoing, sledding and even the odd snowball fight. But now, things like sailing, snorkelling, swimming and scuba appeal to us more. Alliteration aside, we also like basking in the sun, reading on the beach, walking out doors, rollerblading, horseback riding and camping. I think we can all agree, most of those are more enjoyable without hypothermia.
- Both of us want to re-train and venture out into new branches of our careers. For me, that looks like environmental sciences (at this moment) and Australia is pretty green apparently. For Dan, that may look like becoming an aviation mechanic.