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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

after living in amsterdam for 2 years, i went to work in london for the summer...

it was strange to first get there because it felt like being at home... driving on the other side of the road, everyone speaking english... i went to the supermarket and saw the same brands, the same kinds of foods - heinz baked beans, pies... and i immdeiately felt like being here wasnt challenging enough. i heard aussies in the supermarket, things were familiar and not hard to work out...i felt like id made the right choice in not going to live and work in london. it was just too easy. i had friends here and it seems like alot of ppl who are in london hang around with pretty much only aussies, maybe a kiwi or sth african scattered in there, and when hearing everyone talk about their holidays, everyone goes to the same places, with the same tour companies, to be surrounded my aussies. i wonder sometimes what everyone gets out of their experience when living and working in london? it seems like everyone does get to travel alot and thats great, i think travelling makes you a much more rounded person, but it seems like they just take alot of holidays, theyre not travelling. and if you dont understand the difference then i guess youre one of the holidayers ;) i dont really have a huge problem with that, its all personal preference, some ppl have full on jobs and the last thign they feel like doing when they get home is to organise a holiday in a country where half the websites are in another language etc. i can understand that. but i think alot of ppl arent getting the most out of their time away frmo australia...

why do ppl leave australia, to live in london and be surrounded by aussies? its such a multicultural city here, but it seems like alot of ppl who come here rfmo abroad hang out with their own. but when i was living in amsterdam my circle of friends was so broad, an aussie, a sth african, americans, swedish, german, austrian, norwegian.. i used to hang out with a chick from peru... there were alt of indonesians in my first job in laren/blaricum, and it makes life alot more interesting. if i wanted to hang out with aussies i woudl have stayed at home. and ive since found out that alot of aussies are sheep. it seems like a big move to come and lvie overseas for a year or 2 and leave everything behind, but since coming to london for these 5 weeks ive seen its NOT a big move really...its surely different here, but its not THAT different. we come over here and go to aussie bars with aussie friends, go on aussie tours with other aussies. pamplona, sail greece/croatia, oktoberfest... those are all cool things to see and to experience but yeah, sometimes i think ppl go just to go, cos half their mates are going... but this is all coming from someone who goes everywhere alone, because no one ever wnts to go where i go, or can take time off or whatever.

i guess it depends on how you are before you come... some ppl are real homebodies and to leave their comfort zone is a big thing. courage has nothing to do with the things you do, its the reason you do it. if you do something that scares you, then youre brave. going to live in london for me personally isnt brave at all, its very safe and easy. however for some others to go that far away from family adn friends is a big step

i think london is def a place ppl need to see, and its a huge and expensive place... i think to realyl get to know it, you need ot be here a while.. i havent seen ALOT and ive been here 5 weeks. you can earn alot, its a good base to travel from cos of the number of airports and budget airlines (which is in a steep decline atm). the only thing that i dont really love about it is the amount of aussies living here as sheep. funny thing is, im friends with alot of them! and dont raelly hold anything against them for it, its just the masses im not a big fan of.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Good observations there, pretty much accurate I reckon. It can also be said the other way round - i.e. British & Irish in Sydney (and to a slightly lesser extent Melbourne). When I came to Australia on a working holiday (I'm British, but now have an Australian wife and currently live in Australia!), this was quite a few years ago now, I really noticed that British & Irish were hanging out together a lot, and it often just felt a home away from home rather than an experience.

I made sure to try and avoid this where I could - I don't mean just ignore other British people, but I do mean get away from it and meet some locals by myself at least!

Saying that, even with sticking together with fellow countrymen I do think the working holiday experience is a positive one in general (except the exporting of getting drunk just to get drunk, which can be seen in both London & Sydney looking at Australians & Britons).

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

yeah i think its a positive experience for sure, no matter where you travel or who with... its better than staying at home ;)

and i havent raelly noticed the same thing in australia, however, im from the west coast and we have ALOT less travellers over this way! still are quite a few though!

i think its great that aussies leave australia so much, and that were all quite proud to be aussie. i think its less great that they go overseas to be more actively australian than they were at home. flag waving, in ur face, more okker accents than they wouldve had at home, maybe even been shamed out about when they were at home...

its a weird phenomenon...