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Australia, we don’t know you, but we love you, say our American friends

 
 
Dutchy
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 03:12 am
@FOUND SOUL,
I never bother, life is to short for that, I come here for a bit of fun and am not into the serious stuff.
FOUND SOUL
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 03:19 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Chardonnay, then you're talking:)

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FOUND SOUL
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 03:21 am
@Dutchy,
There are two sides to me, I am a Gemini, I come here for both...........Smile
Dutchy
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 04:52 am
@FOUND SOUL,
A belated welcome to A2K, I hope to meet you on my trivial patch. Wink
Eorl
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 04:54 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Of course it is!

(actually, it's a bit more complicated than that and one must expend some effort to find Guinness brewed in Ireland, otherwise its just Fosters mixed a teaspoon of Vegemite)
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FOUND SOUL
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 04:56 am
@Dutchy,
Thanks:)

So far your "words" are interesting in changing them, trivial patch... I'll have to "think" on that one



Wink
Dutchy
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2011 05:33 am
@FOUND SOUL,
For me to know and you to find out. Wink
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Hjarloprillar
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2011 06:50 am
@ossobuco,
G'day

Born and bred in aus [OZ]
You yanks are funny.
Like hoards of pommies wanted to come here in 50's to 80's
Now americans want to come here.

Well it is ONE WORLD

“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.” JfK

Hjarloprillar
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2011 06:57 am
@ossobuco,
“It’s always been my dream to visit Australia,” I was told over and over again. Yet for most, the prospect seemed as realistic as a Contiki Cruise to Mars. “Oh heavens, no,” a beautifully dressed woman in her 60s protested “It’s much too far to actually go there”.


hahaha

Prill
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2011 05:03 pm
@Hjarloprillar,
You're Piglet, aren't you? But a rather dangerous looking piglet. This is unusual.

Welcome...don't feed the wildlife.

I seem to run across quite large numbers of US folk. Mind you, some of them are probably Canajunians, and I'm a bit scared to ask.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2011 05:52 pm
@Hjarloprillar,
I can't help thinking 'Hjarloprillar' was the name of the alien woman Louis Wu committed Rishathra with on Ringworld - but I can't find any reference to it on the web - so I must be wrong.

Always great to have another orstralian on board!
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2011 11:55 pm
@Hjarloprillar,
Well, it is damned far and damned expensive.

Several year back my daughter was engaged to an Aussie and the plan was for them to live in OZ for several months and then come back to the US and get married.

My wife insisted that we would have to visit them during their time in Australia.

OK by me I said , but you had better be prepared to spend about $30,000 on the visit because I wasn't flying to Australia in Coach and Business Class tickets cost about $11,000 per. God knows what a First Class ticket costs.

Door to door from Dallas the trip to Sydney is about 21 hours. I would throw a clot spending 17 hours on a plane, jammed into the cattle car.

The engagement fell apart and so we didn't make the trip, but you have to be rich or somewhat rich and quite fit to travel from the US to Oz with regularity.

It's the other side of the world.

So, no surprise that people who want to go, never go.

Eorl
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:46 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
About 35% of Australians travelled to the USA in 2009/2010 alone.

(source : http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/[email protected]/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features20Sep+2010 )

Can't be all that hard, we aren't that much richer than you, and just as clot prone (all though we a little slimmer).

So what's the real reason?
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:48 am
@Eorl,
The real reason:

America is a better place to visit than Australia?

Logical, no?
Eorl
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:49 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Sure, without the "Australia is where I've always wanted to go" part.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:51 am
@Eorl,
So you really are putting weight on the dreaming aspirations of poor Americans?
Eorl
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:53 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
No, I don't think so. The number of people who could easily afford come here, would like to, but don't... must be massive. I don't get why. I suspect it just seems too hard, or too extreme or something.
FOUND SOUL
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 12:55 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
$30k geez..

It only cost me $3k to go to America, from Australia.

We have flights here from $1700 return now... Your dollar is close to ours, bet ya can find deals Smile

Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 01:02 am
@Eorl,
Too expensive!

A coach ticket costs $3,000
Eorl
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2011 01:02 am
@Eorl,
A lot of the google response I'm getting on the issue suggests two reasons why overseas travel in general is very low in the US.
1) America has everything you want. Snow, beaches, mountains, whatever.
2) It's too scary.
 

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