Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?
I live in a capital city, so there’s a lot going on…
Being a country boy who moved to the big city, it was quite a culture shock. I’d only ever really identified with Sydney, but realised it wasn’t a place I would want to actually live in, and in the end moved down to Melbourne instead.
Whilst being a capital city, there’s a lot of ‘culture’ here. Melbourne is renowned for a few unique qualities – everybody dressing almost completely in black; it’s world class coffee, and the fact that there’s coffee everywhere; it’s lane ways and hidden treasures within the city; a plethora of historic buildings and arcades; and of course all the ‘typical’ things like trams, Flinders Street Station, Crown Casino and the fire pillars on the promenade.
I think that for a first timer here, the strangest thing would definitely be the trams, especially if you’ve never seen them or been on one. It’s strange to essentially be on what is basically a train carriage, but in the middle of the road, surrounded by cars.
The other strange thing for those who are driving in the city is the concept of a ‘hook turn’.