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A few simple rules that tell how not to act while on the Green Continent.
Change bulbs yourself
At first glance, a strange rule. But it’s still not worth checking its action: only a qualified electrician has the right to replace a blown bulb in Australia. If you are seen trying to do this (for example, at a hotel), you can run into a $ 10 fine.
Turn Australia upside down
We are used to seeing the Australian continent below, in the southeast of the geographical map. However, the inhabitants of the country see the location of their country in the world quite differently: on their maps they have Australia and New Zealand at the top of the map, under which all other continents are already upside down. Thus, the north of the Australians is traditionally located at the bottom, and the south - at the top.
Interestingly, the inhabitants of the country have every right to their "inverted" view of the world: in fact, the position of the north at the top of the map, although it is generally accepted, was initially chosen arbitrarily as a whole.The reason is in the location of the Polar Star, which can only be observed in the Northern (generally accepted) hemisphere - in the Southern one they are oriented towards the constellation Southern Cross. The North Star is virtually stationary and has traditionally been used as a “starting point” in mapping. Therefore, many cartographers of the Northern Hemisphere and oriented maps on it, so that the north was obtained from above. At the same time, south-oriented maps are found today not only in Australia.
Walking barefoot on the grass
The country's fauna is quite exotic and often aggressive, so light, but closed shoes will always be preferable to shale: dangerous insects and poisonous snakes in tall grass are not uncommon. By the degree of harm reptiles can vary: for example, the common orb-web spider will bite, though painfully, but harmlessly, but the venom of the tarantula's canines can even kill a dog. Of the snakes, it is better not to meet with reticular brown (about 60% of deaths are her fangs) and taipan, a single dose of poison which is enough to send 100 people to the next world. One thing pleases: the situation in the cities is rather calm.
Drink "just coffee"
By the way, there is no single recipe for a coffee drink. In Finland, it is served with cheese cubes, in Senegal - with pepper, in Ireland - with whiskey. In Australia, coffee smells like ... oranges. At the bottom of the coffee maker for the spice is usually added cloves and zest of citrus fruits: lemon or orange - and then brewed coffee as usual. For dessert, this drink Australians are advised to take marzipan.
Not able to surf
Australia - a paradise for those who like to catch the wave. Both newcomers in this business and aces flock here from all over the world to try themselves, for example, at the annual surfing championship. If you have thoughts to get up on the board, in any coastal city you can hire an instructor who not only interprets the basics of the technique, but also introduces the elementary rules. For example, not everyone knows about the etiquette of surfers: the right to be the first to ride the wave is the one who will be closer to its crest; throwing a wave, you can not cut the path to another surfer, etc.
Swim in the wrong places
In the Pacific Ocean, washing the coast of Australia, there are not only sharks, but also poisonous jellyfish and fish. Even a small fraction of some poison is enough to kill an adult.So, in the waters washing the northern coast of Australia, the Australian sea wasp is found. Her translucent body is difficult to distinguish in water, and each of six dozen tentacles contains a dose of poison that can send to that light in a minute.
In addition, there are dangerous sea currents: on the beautiful island of Fraser, included in the UNESCO heritage list, it is forbidden to enter the water because of this.
Usually, information about the dangers that can be encountered on a particular beach is indicated on the yellow signs next to the sign "Swimming is prohibited." Also on those beaches where there is a high risk of meeting a dangerous marine inhabitant, there is usually a first-aid kit.
Fight with kangaroo
Despite the fact that these marsupials are an object of adoration of tourists, one should be careful in their presence (especially where there are no fences). It is fraught to frighten or tease them: both males and females can behave aggressively, protecting themselves or their offspring. In defense, the animal strikes with its powerful hind legs. In 2014, a video of the battles of two large kangaroos, which is very similar to the battle of athletes, got into the Internet.And in 2017 in the Australian town of Point Vernon (Queensland), a woman had to save her daughter from an angry kangaroo. After a collision with a marsupial child, 17 stitches were put on!
You can even piss off peace-loving plush koalas. The famous English naturalist Gerald Daryl described in one of his books that when trying to catch a family of koalas for relocation to another territory, the father of the family bit his hand painfully.
A lot of smoking
In terms of cigarette consumption per capita, Australia is inferior to all European countries and is at about 70th place in the world ranking. Over the past 15 years, the number of smokers among adults in the country has decreased from 30% to 15%. The government constantly carries out anti-smoking campaigns. You can not smoke at bus stops, in the open air near pedestrian areas, shopping centers, sports facilities or childcare facilities, and at the hotel - only in specially designated places or rooms. In addition, there are some of the highest prices on cigarettes in the world. And Australia - the birthplace of scary pictures on the packs.
Behave too formal
"How do you relax?" - "And I do not bother!"
Australians do not strain.Here, even the language seems relaxed. Regardless of age, people in Australia do not speak classical English, but slang, informally called “Strain” (English strine, from the Australian pronunciation of the word “Australian”). The simple rule: all words in English “in Australian” are reduced to two syllables. Breakfast (breakfast) turns into brekkie, barbecue (barbecue) - into barbie, gas station (service station) - at servo, afternoon (afternoon) - at arvo, Brisbane, the administrative center of Queensland, - at Brissie. Official addresses to each other are also not in circulation. “Mr.” or “Mrs.” are terms for business meetings, but not a dialogue in a store.
To be intolerant
Who you are and what you do - your own business. The country hosts annual parades of sexual minorities, to which the Australians are quite calm. It is full of nudist beaches, where the liberated inhabitants of the continent like to relax. And most importantly, Australia is such a multinational country that every year on March 21 celebrates Harmony Day, dedicated to the fight against racism and discrimination.