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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Brisbane, Australia
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
In the end, it's told me more about myself than anything else - what my own values are, what kind of person I am, what I need out of life. Even if you don't fit in the place you are now, at least you know what's important to you, so you can choose your next place with more awareness. (Continue)
MargfromTassie replied most recently with:
I am an Australian, having been born and lived in Melbourne for over 50 years. This is a big country - the size of the continental US. Our 6 states ( NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia) and 2 Territories ( the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory) are all quite different from each other and their capital cities ( Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Canberra) are hundreds, even thousands of miles apart. Once a city gets too big ( over a million?), I think that they all lose something and the people become more materialistic and status conscious. This is a generalization of course. On the other hand, you don't want to live anywhere too parochial or narrow minded. Having retired a 5 years ago to the southern island state of Tasmania, I find the people here to be very friendly and unpretentious. Many retired age mainlanders are also moving here now to escape the summer heat of the northern states and to enjoy the seasons. We have a lovely temperate climate here on the north coast of Tasmania, not dissimilar to central and southern France. I have travelled extensively abroad and throughout Australia and have found two of the friendliest places of all to be New Zealand, Tasmania and South Australia. Like Queensland, they are all beautiful scenically too, but the residents are nicer and not so self preoccupied. But wherever you are in the world, people's experiences are different. If one is to eventually feel a real bond with a new place, it is always important to make an effort to join clubs, organisations etc in order to make friendships and so gain a sense of belonging....
A reader replied recently with:
You did not make clear that you are still living in Australia, or whether you went back to Spain. I think Spain is a lovely place, but I guess it is undergoing some terrible economic times. Is that not true?
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Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Brisbane, Australia was published
What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
It is easy in Australia to meet new people anywhere. It is becoming a very multi-cultural country which is good to meet other people from all nationalities. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Brisbane, Australia was published
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
If you've got kids, you're automatically going to meet people through childcare services; ditto work. Otherwise, join sports clubs - sport are huge here - and make sure you introduce yourself locally to neighbours. We've found ours very welcoming. (Continue)

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