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I think I'm poor...

Holy mother. I probably should be used to the price of things in Australia by now, but still they shock me every single day. I don't know why. Maybe it's because before I came over, people were saying I would find it cheaper than back home. Yeah, that's the biggest lie of the century.

Maybe I'm just over-vigilant over spending money (which I know I am) but when I go to a shopping mall and the only places I can afford to buy clothes are Target and K-Mart, there is something wrong with the picture. And it's not just Sydney either, though I'm there right now, I've discovered the same thing consistently over the past four months. Even in bloody England I was able to afford more stuff than here, including clothes. It's madness. And don't even get me started about food...

Heading to Adelaide tomorrow, on a train romantically named The Indian Pacific. Australia's great train journeys...we'll see how great it is when it comes to trying to sleep in the train. As it takes 25 hours to get to Adelaide. I actually managed to sleep a little on the overnight train from Melbourne, though I was sick - my stomach's been a little funny ever since the accident and I spent a couple of hours in the beginning of the trip in the toilet throwing up. Feeling sick in the train when it's all shaky and jerky is the best thing in the world...not.

Anyone seen the new Indiana Jones movie yet? I might go see it in Adelaide, though ticket prices are not making it especially tempting.

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muldy
May. 30th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Shop in Jay Jays, they're pretty cheap. Also Jeans West and Just Jeans have their cheaper items, but jeans are expensive. If you're in Melbourne or Sydney you can go to DFO - just not the Melbourne city one cos that's shit. There's alot of cheap stores in the city too if you know where to look.

But really they can charge us whatever they want cos we're so isolated it's not like we can go shopping in another country :-P
finnstardust
May. 31st, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not touching any jeans here...I wasn't even going to buy any clothes because it's not like I have any space in my bags but it's cold!
You can go shopping in New Zealand, maybe that's cheaper?:)
alyssa22
May. 31st, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Hahah. New Zealand? Nope. Same as here.

Cheap is Vietnam. I know people who go there with an empty suitcase and get a whole wardrobe of clothes made for about $50. Dresses for 5 dollars, skirts for $3, all handmade...
billy_red_ocean
May. 30th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Oy, good luck with the train trip. Hope you feel better this time.

I saw IJ 4 yesterday and I loved it although I've seen a lot of people complaining about it. Everyone has a different taste ;)
finnstardust
May. 31st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks!
I'm looking forward to the movie because I like the first three a lot so I'll definitely go see it at some point.
alyssa22
May. 31st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I've seen it. It's worth the $15.
alyssa22
May. 30th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Now you know why I was happy to tip really well in the US. Even with a decent sized tip, things over there were dirt cheap compared with home.

I had someone mention that our pay's not too bad, but when you take into account the fact that people on 150,000 (which is rare, the average is 50,000) are paying 45% and the highest rate in the US is 35% and comes in at about $360,000, you understand just how different the situation is.
finnstardust
May. 31st, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
US is really cheap compared to here, yeah. I'm worried now I won't be able to buy my souvenir T-shirts...:)
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finnstardust
May. 31st, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Nope, not at all. That impression was shattered on my first day in Sydney.
shadownlite
May. 31st, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Did you hit your head in teh crash or hurt your neck? I ask because it may have something to do with your stomach feeling unwell. Maybe get yorself checked out by a doctor again just in case.
finnstardust
Jun. 2nd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
I thought that at first but they checked everything out after the crash including x-rays of my neck and all that and there were no problems. I think it's just because I ate really shitty food for two months, there wasn't much choice in the tiny town I was living in so it wasn't very healthy.
vanessawestwood
Jul. 7th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
I Agree
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