Sunday, August 03, 2008

Are you from.... Canada?

Being an American living in Australia I am constantly asked these same questions over and over again every time I meet someone new.

How long are you staying for? Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever get the point?

Do you like it here? Of course I like it here, As if I would tell you that I hate it here, Because that would just bring up a billion other questions I don't want to answer.

Have you tried Vegemite? Yes I have and found it horribly disgusting.

I have begun to find this terribly annoying, Yes I know I'll have to deal with it the rest of my life however I would rather drill my teeth out with a screw driver.

I'll admit I too am guilty of asking such stupid questions to everyone I talked too that had an accent when I was in the states. To those people if you are reading this, I am soooooo terribly sorry for being so ridiculous and uncreative with my questions.

Now that I know and understand how annoying it is you can bet your bottom dollar I will never do it again.

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Dina said...

When I was in Australia, they always seemed to ask "Are you on Holiday?"

I liked that because to me it meant they considered the fact that I might live there....or I might even be a citizen.

It kind of gave me the idea that Australia is multicultural....there's not the assumption that just because you have a foreign accent, that you're "just visiting".

Although I guess they could have thought I was on a business trip instead of "On holiday."

Anyway....I think hearing the same questions over and over is usually very annoying. Even if you know people mean well.

If you're engaged, it's "Where's the wedding? Did you buy a dress yet?"

If you're pregnant. "Are you going to find out the gender?"

I actually probably also asked every Australian the same question....the same thing they asked me. "Are you on holiday?" Because in Sydney, you can't assume they live there.

Actually, I think the majority of people I met WERE on holiday. Most of them were tourists like me.

I think sometimes I asked the opposite "Do you live in Sydney?" Or maybe a combo question. "Do you live here or are you on holiday?"

Tors said...

I feel your pain. Especially on the vegemite one. can you be in Oz and not try vegemite? :D

Breigh (Canadutch) said...

haha oh do I know how you feel. Being a Canadian in NL I get all the same questions all the time.

* Are you American (Yeah, here they seem to go for American first)
* British? (HELLO! We helped free you from the Nazis, Canadian should be the first to come to your mind dammit!)
* How long have you been living here?
* How do you like it?
* Why would you leave Canada to come here?
* How is your Dutch?
* What do you do?
* If you don't work what do you do with all your time?

On and on and on. Problem is, here in NL they have NO filters so the questions just keeep on coming. I'm determined to test it one day and NOT desperately find a way to change the subject, just to see how long it takes them to start asking about my sex life.