In the early 2018, I decided to leave Germany to experience another country, its culture and manners. Shortly after I span my search, I got an offer to join my company’s team in Australia which I accepted on the spot.
To be honest, I knew only a little about that distant island down under in the middle of nowhere. Historically, all my focus’s been on the UK and USA. I did a brief research on Australia within my circles and didn’t hear any negative comment. Only praises from people who either lived or live in the country. Awesome!
Flight from Europe is long, like 27 hours long. I planned not to go to bed after my arrival. Unfortunately, given the fact I arrived at 7am this plan failed terribly. It took me three days to cope with the time shift.
When I woke up, I did my new-to-the-country errands. Getting a bank account, telco provider and software engineering meetups.
Public transport is busy during peak times but neat, card payments are available everywhere and default option in some places. Unfortunately cycling is not a thing in Sydney. Cycling lanes are practically non-existing and helmets are compulsury – because mr. government knows what’s good for you.
Edit: Unfortunately, cycling isn’t a pleasant experience in Melbourne either. Drivers are unaware of situation around them and are not used to let cyclist pass safely when left-turning. Australia has a lot to catching up …