“A hose isn’t a hose”: British expat on quirky Aussies

British immigrants are baffled by elements of Aussie culture from washing our clothes on cold, to having tradies galore and even our huge shopping malls.

Stay-at-home mum Clara, 29, just moved to Kiama on the New South Wales south coast with her partner Blake and their two children Ebba, 3, and Leif, 1, after living in her hometown of Brighton in the UK’s south for the last six years.

After a month of settling into her new home, Ms Carminger made her now viral TikTok unpacking the quirky differences between her home country and her new Aussie home.

So far she has observed “everyone drives a ute” and “everyone is a tradie”; she is not sure if Amazon Prime is “a thing here”; and shopping is more US-style with big “super stores,” she said in her video.

She said she was not prepared for all the culture shocks despite having been in a relationship with an Aussie for nearly a decade.

“Leading up to our move I was talking to Blake about how foreigners always say they’re too scared of Australia’s creepy-crawlies and I think that is a ridiculous reason not to move,” Ms Carminger said.

“Despite our six years together in the UK he had never really talked about snakes and spiders and what they’re like in Australia,” she said.

“But as we got closer to the move he was saying, ‘yeah you don’t need to worry about it’ but said, ‘just don’t assume a hose is a hose and pick it up; make sure you always open your sun visor when you get into the car; and tap your shoes before you put them on if you’ve left them outside.

“I was like, ‘surely you don’t have to always do these things’, I was surprised.”

Her partner had Ms Carminger make a reaction video detailing all the things he found really weird about the Brits from their time in Brighton.

“He will be the first person to tell you how ugly the UK beaches are,” Ms Carminger said.

“He found it really weird how Brits go to the beach on a 15 degree day with the tiniest bit of sun out, in their bikinis and sunbathe for the entire day,” she said.

The decision to move was largely for the benefit of their two young children, Ms Carminger said.

“We decided to move to Australia about a year ago largely for the quality of life here.”

The family are not leaving anytime soon, with Ms Carminger saying, “literally every other video I’ve done is me talking about how much I love it here”.

“I’ve genuinely been so much happier.”

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