Originally Posted by Dillinger
I have never heard anybody that came back from there who didn't say they got flack and attitude for being from the US. One of the female's friends took to telling people they were from Vancouver, Canada instead of Washington State.
Good to know.
It's hard to quantify, but we have a bit of a love/hate relationship with you guys. Please don't be offended here, because I'll try to explain it, but I'll have to talk in sweeping generalisations
I think a lot of Aussies are affronted by the in-your-face attitude which a lot of Americans display. We're a pretty laid back bunch so when someone who is (overtly) confident and open with them straight off the bat is somewhat confronting. We also have a culture down here of 'tall poppy syndrome' where if someone is very successful, the habit is to bring them back down to our level by ridiculing or undermining them. In no way is this intended to be malicious, it's just a strange way of promoting equity I guess lol.
To put it simply, come over here and act like the stereotypical movie sports jock or Tom Cruise, and expect the cold shoulder. If you don't act like you're the best thing since sliced bread, and bring with you your thick skin and the ability to laugh at yourself, and you'll find that we're some of the most hospitable people on the planet.
If you can stick it out on this forum, you'll do fine in Oz. And I'd be honoured to go to the pub and have a drink with any one of you guys.