Well … I’ve been here nearly 3 weeks and in this short time I have learned so many lessons … many of which I will carry with me forever. I thought I would share some of them with you … just in case you ever find yourself a bit north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
- Apparently once you get a manual into 5th gear it is NOT like driving an automatic.
- And while we are on the topic of gears and clutches (and no not the evening bag kind) … driving bare foot is much easier than in stilettos … or even thongs for that matter).
- Always make sure you have alcohol in the house for any ocassion which may arise. The fact that you cannot buy wine prior to 12pm may be hinderous to pre-lunch drinking sessions otherwise. Just something I’ve learned.
- Wine Time comes earlier when you live North of the Tropic of Capricorn … no seriously it does. Something to do with the sun?
- When your partner is on night shift and has only been asleep for 45 minutes … don’t burn your toast, thus setting off the smoke alarm and waking them up … they really don’t appreciate it. However if you’re bored while waiting for them to wake up around 2pm, then the smoke alarm thing is always an option.
- If someone tells you not to touch the settings on the washing machine, DON’T TOUCH THEM. A flooded house will usually be the result and you will then have to spend an hour soaking up the water with towels when you realise the drains are blocked.
- If you’re really unsure of the car you’re driving (mainly because it is a dirty great big four wheel drive with gears) and you’re worried you might kill someone upon entering the local Woolies carpark, then it’s best you park at least 1 km away at, say a local visitors centre, and walk into town. This will avoid any minor, or major mishaps. Although at some point you are going to have to go into that carpark … the weekly shopping will not carry itself that far.
- Getting “dressed up” may have different translations depending on how far North you live. Wearing jewellery to Woolies is definitely not essential … and stilettos are forbidden.
- The wearing of stilettos to job interviews is also a bone of conention up here … if in doubt carry your thongs in a bag and swap them whilst in a quiet isle in the supermarket. Just don’t get caught.
- Sometimes the local supermarket runs out of meat, sometimes they run out of vegetables … and sometimes they run out of both. It certainly makes for creative cooking.
Well … I hope these help you if you’re ever up this way …