Open-air barbecues, free entry to seashores and even public bogs are just some Aussie staples which have left one German expat stumped whereas residing in Perth.
Journey blogger Samira So, who moved from Cologne in northwest Germany to Perth, Western Australia greater than two years in the past, says she was left gobsmacked by gadgets and experiences Australians get pleasure from at no cost.
However Samira mentioned that whereas she has loved the free entry to stunning seashores and even faucet water when eating out, one large annoyance she has encountered is the excessive price of parking and dashing tickets Down Beneath.
In a collection of TikTok movies uploaded to the platform in November, Samira addressed WA’s picturesque seashores – and the very fact they’re free to go to.
“You’ll be able to go to any seashore at no cost, whereas in Germany you actually should pay a particular tax … who needs to pay for the seashore?” she requested.
Together with the free seashore entry, Samira was additionally shocked patrons at eating places and bars usually are not required to pay for faucet water, and that there was a large number of public bogs out there with out incurring a utilization payment.
“Generally [in Germany] in the event you ask for faucet water, they received’t even give it to you which of them is ridiculous,” she mentioned.
“There’s barely any public bogs at no cost,” she added.
Beneath the 2002 Liquor Regulation Act, chilly ingesting water should be made out there to patrons however whether or not that’s served complimentary or at a small “affordable price” can fluctuate between states and territories.
In Western Australia, for instance, eateries are to offer faucet water freed from cost.
As for seashores, whereas a price was as soon as frequent throughout Germany for seashore entry, particularly alongside the North and Baltic shoreline, a ruling three years in the past within the nation’s federal court docket ordered that the general public ought to not pay.
Samira mentioned considered one of her largest delights Down Beneath was the variety of open-air barbecue areas arrange round each main cities and regional cities.
Nonetheless the German expat mentioned that whereas her new dwelling had a variety of positives, the heavy fines slapped on Australian drivers who break the velocity restrict or park their automobiles in a non-designated house got here as an enormous shock.
“In the event you drive 5km too quick in Germany it’s solely 15 or 20 euro, similar with parking, 15 or 20 euro,” she mentioned.
“However right here [in Perth] it’s method too costly – I used to be so shocked the primary time I bought a wonderful.”