5 Unusual things that are normal in Australia

Hey beautiful people! I keep sharing my experiences and thoughts about living in Melbourne. This time I have for you 5 things that are A THING in Australia. I mean, they are definitely not a thing in Colombia (my home country), so I found them quite weird! What do you think?

#1 – Pokies

These places where your money disappears like a magic act! Well.. it’s not really called magic, it’s called gambling!

Pokies are small size ‘casinos’ full of slots or betting machines where you can bet $1, $5, $500 or whatever crazy amount you are willing to waste. Believe me, they are fun. However, the possibilities of you winning a decent amount of money are very slim.

You can find Pokies all across Australia. Most of the time, they are also a pub or a restaurant where you can spend the little money you have left on a beer or a house parma.

#2 – Scratch-Its

Well… seems like gambling as a whole is a common thing in Australia. In Colombia, we have lotteries and casinos, but nothing at the same level of pokies or Scratch-Its.  This form of gambling is entertaining, quick and easy! You buy a ticket for a relatively small about of money and you just have to scratch its surface with, preferably a 10cents coin. There are different type of games, but you just need to follow the instructions to see if you are a lucky winner.

#3 – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

The Australian street food is the sausage sizzle that you can buy at the hardware store called bunnings over the weekends. It’s pretty famous, everyone knows about it and to be honest, it does taste good! It’s a simple recipe: Get a grill, cook some onions to burning point, cook some $1 sausages, buy the cheapest white bread available.. put everything together: Bread, sausage, onions and if you fancy you can add a little bit of ketchup or mustard on top. That’s it! All the money collected goes to different charities organisations, so I guess that’s why it takes so good because our minds are rewarding us for contributing to a good cause.

#4 – Weird reasons for public holidays

Ok, to be honest, I shouldn’t say this is a weird thing because, in Colombia, we have tons of different public holidays especially around religious days like Saint Joseph or Saint Paul. But, we do not have public holidays around sports!

In Melbourne, the majority get to enjoy two extra days off. One for a horse racing event called the Melbourne Cup day and the other one is the Friday before the AFL grand final day! – I’m not complaining! I’m just saying it’s weird! Who agrees with me?

#5 – Wearing a helmet is mandatory

In many countries, you can get away with riding your bicycle without a helmet. Well, that’s not the case in Australia. Wearing a helmet is mandatory almost across all the states and I’m not only talking about while you are sharing the path with cars, but also when you are riding on bike lanes, pedestrian’s paths even recreational parks! Police officers can give you a fine if you are caught not wearing a helmet! I think is a good thing, less chances of you getting killed!

Go ahead and watch the video, it’s pretty much the same info but with a lovely latin accent and my personality!

Enjoy it!

 

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