Well, today it is officially a whole year since I got on that plane and moved to the USA. Kinda crazy. Its flown by. And in some ways I feel like its been three years. But in others only 3 months. I guess thats always the way though hey. There are a few things I have learnt in my year here. These are a few:
Chickpeas are Garbanzo bean. What the. I have no idea why. And it took me about 6 months to find them. Haha. Cilantro is coriander. And Bell Peppers are capsicum. Tomato sauce is NOT ketchup. And mayonnaise is.. something.. REALLY different. No one has ginger beer. And sadly chomps are a rare sight. Infact, there only sighting is when my mumma sends a package.. and sneaks some in;)
One does not say ” Im going to take the rubbish out”. Its ” Imma take trash to the dumpster”. Nor do you say post. Its mail. ALWAYS mail. I had no idea you could get quick cook rice. Or pasta. Or oats. Or broccoli. Infact, you can get anything quick cook! You can get all your shopping done in target. Clothes, food, home goods, plants and even a TV. The same goes for costco. You could live in that place. Driving is scary, but you get used to it after a while. You just have to keep saying ” Tight right” repeatedly. EVERYTHING is open all the time. Walmart is a life saver at 2am. Don’t ask me how I know that;)
Clothes drying and clothes lines are non existent. And laundry mats are expensive.. but SO useful when you have a broken.. house. Authentic mexican food is amazing. And so cheap. I love buying limes here. 3lbs (1.3kgs) for $1. A woman who walks into Home Depot (Bunnings) alone Is ALWAYS helped about 10 times. Which is awesome. Cause generally I have NO idea what I’m looking for. And they clearly see that!
Its strange to be having a cold christmas. And wearing winter stuff in december. Although I have learnt summer never really ends here in San Diego. And it never rains. Ever. Unless I put laundry out to dry on my little clothes horse. Naturally. I should do that more, might end the drought! Haha.
Cooking is a nightmare. One cups is NOT 250mls but 237, which is 8 oz, which is half a lb. It makes cooking with aussie cookbooks a math lesson. And that is my WORST subject. It also meant for a while we could have fed our WHOLE building with the amount of food I cooked. Ha.
People are super nice. Although most people can’t quite work out what Im saying. Which leads to a lot of staring, a lot of repeating and some really interesting questions.
Its been a fun, crazy year. And full of learning. Guess that never stops hey!
I’ve made it a year! Bring on the next!
New Little *Aussie-living-in-Cali* Wife
If you have ever moved countries, tell me some of the funny things you learnt, saw or had to get used to in the comment section below!