Sometimes I think about when I very first arrived in Australia, on July 1st, 2008, all alone-y on my own-y.
Without knowing, I got one Aussie thing completely wrong, and one Aussie thing completely right.
After a 12 hour flight from Beijing, I arrived in Sydney and blearily walked through customs and immigration were an officer lady said “How ya going?” in a friendly way.
I thought about how I was going to be getting to the couchsurfing house I had arranged and replied “BY BUS”.
I found out days later that “how ya going” simply means “how are you”. HAHAHA. She must have thought I was funny.
I’m by myself. It’s hot. I’m thirsty.
I walk into a bar and ask for a LEMONADE.
The flavour isn’t quite what I expected, but it quenches the thirst.
Weeks later I find out that Aussie’s call Sprite-type pop “lemonade”. And actual lemonade does not exist (cry).