Here are some tips for visiting Australia.
Most flights arrive in Sydney. This post is about Sydney and Canberra
People who come to Australia and miss out on visiting the capital city Canberra miss out on seeing a unique cultural place with beautiful nature and many museums with free entry.
- New Parliament House
- National Portrait Gallery (see the painting of Deborah Mailman below)
- National Art Gallery
- Walk between Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Kings Avenue Bridge around Lake Burley Griffin (more pictures below)
In Canberra people visit
- Botanical Gardens
- Telstra Tower
- Australian War Memorial
Canberra is beautiful as the seasons change. In Autumn- March, April, May the trees are beautiful reds, yellows and oranges. In the Winter the city has a temperature range of -3’C to 15’C so it is rather cold an unpleasant between June and August. The Springtime is from September to November with blossoms on the trees. In Summer Canberra is very green because every street is lined with trees and all of them are green in the summer. Mount Ainslie is a great place to see the view of Canberra.
In Sydney people go to
- Sydney harbour bridge
- Opera house
- Circular Quay
- Manly beach is accessible by taking a ferry across Sydney harbour from Circular Quay
- Sydney botanical gardens- have beautiful views of the harbour
- “The Rocks” suburb is quite an arty area
- Barangaroo park- is near the Sydney harbour and central in the city
- I love doing walking tours. I have taken tours with imfreetours.com.au
- There are lovely buildings such as Queen Victoria Building
From Sydney people often take a short trip to The Blue Mountains which are accessible by train. They are a relaxed place where people can take day walks. Often they stay in Katoomba or Leura.
I have been living in Ecuador for a few months. I will share some of the things that I have noticed while living here and working as a teacher.
- Ecuadorian chocolate is the best chocolate in the world. My favourite brand is Hoja Verde.
- Many jobs have a minibus that brings their employees to work
- There is a cafeteria at school. Lunch costs USD $2.50 for soup, a main meal, juice and a little dessert. All the teachers tend to eat together.
- Ecuadorians eat soup with their meals.
- Teachers wear a uniform to work.
- The students call me “Teacher” and use my first name. I am used to being called “Miss” and my surname.
- Ecuadorians celebrate International Women’s Day by giving roses to the women.
- One day students brought a yellow liquid into the staffroom and said “Hello Teacher, today is ‘pee day’ and this is for you.” I was looking at them strangely for a while refusing the yellow liquid. Finally someone said you know the mathematical symbol. It was the 14th of March π day. The yellow liquid was pineapple juice. They also gave me pineapple pizza.
- It takes a long time to purchase products in shops because they ask all of your details when they provide a receipt. The economy generally works with cash rather than electronic money. Using a debit card in a shop takes a long time.
- People go to the funeral services of people that they have never met but are special to someone they know such as their coworker or friend. They also go to memorial services of people like coworkers.
- Normal cars cost USD $30,000 to $50,000 and you can buy a house/apartment for $80,000. Meanwhile in Australia cars can be cheaper. A car could cost the same amount as a house in Ecuador. A house in Australia costs 20 times as much as a car. Apartments/houses cost an average of somewhere between USD$60,000 and USD $150,000. A house in Ecuador can easily be bought for less than the price of the initial deposit for an Australian house. Rent in Australia is four times as expensive.
- Supermarkets in Ecuador cost the same as Australian supermarkets. Shopping malls also cost the same.
- The basic monthly salary in Ecuador is USD $400. So when I imagine the prices that are so similar to my country where we are paid more I see injustice because someone here must be able to afford the products sold in shopping malls.
- All apartments/houses have a guest toilet next to their living room as well as another bathroom. Australia often has houses with only one bathroom.
- I live at an altitude of 2800m so I get a headache if I’m walking all day and walking up stairs makes me puff. I also feel faint after jogging.
- We don’t drink water from the tap we buy a “botellon” of water from a shop which sells drinking water. I used to worry about going to countries where tap water can cause issues but the big water bottles are great.
- Flushing toilet paper down the toilets causes them to block so people have to put toilet paper in a bin near the toilet.
- 250g pack Arnotts Nice Biscuits finely crushed
- 125g butter
Biscuit base: Mix together the crushed biscuits and butter
Press the biscuit base into two lined pie dishes
- Lemon jelly crystals
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 125g packet creamcheese
- 375mL tin evaporated milk (chilled in the freezer for 2+ hours)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Filling: Melt jelly crystals in the boiling water, add lemon juice (keep warm)
- Beat cream cheese, sugar & vanilla
- Add the warm jelly mix
- Beat the near frozen evaporated milk
- Fold evaporated milk into the cream cheese mix
- Pour over the biscuit bases
- Chill in the fridge for many hours/a day