It's been a while since I've ranted about the anti-American sentiment in Australia, and if you ask some people, they may not feel it at all. But live here for a while, and I don't think you can deny it exists.
Last week my cousin asked me if I had met any Americans in Sydney through my blog, and I said no... then thought to myself, "how nice would that be?". The next day, through my blog, I hooked up with a girl who has recently moved here from Utah-- with two toddlers! Law of attraction at work again-- it's like magic.
Today I read new friend's blog, it made my feelings and perceptions about being here feel valid, because often, I'm not sure they are.
My husband spends his days in an office, working with people who have to be nice to him. He has been incredibly supportive to me, and done everything humanly possible to try and make me happier here, but he's just not really feelin' my pain. He likes it here, he'd probably chuck everything left in the U.S. and turn all Australian on me. He already calls everyone "mate".
But I'm having a very different experience here. Sitting in a restaurant, hearing the people next to me say terrible things about Americans. Or while at the register in a nice department store (thanks David Jones for the great shopping experience) having the clerk tell me (and my American friend) how obnoxious Americans are and how ridiculous everything from the U.S. is. Um, I guess our ploy of telling her we were from Canada backfired... we got it even worse.
Bottom line is, it's a two-fold balancing act- I want to try and enjoy the time we will be in Sydney, vs. wanting to feel accepted by a country that seemingly does not want you (nor your fast food and reality television shows) here. And secondly, trying to stay positive when talking to friends and family, while often feeling isolated and ready to pack it in.
Taken from my friend's blog--
How the international community thinks Americans view the world:
Bitch session over.