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10 Things I Learned From Dating an Australian

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 1/04/2016 Jennifer Malka

10 Lessons from Dating an Australian © The Huffington Post 10 Lessons from Dating an Australian My Aussie and I have been together for 5 years now. So, ya, a long long time. And I love the Aussies, but let me tell you, there are some things about dating an Australian man that I found VERY different about dating an American guy. Nothing bad, but just different. It may be a culture thing or the whole "you always want what you can't have" thing, but I absolutely love dating an Aussie.
I always found the way American guys try to get girls was a bit aggressive. The American boys love to play games with girls, and the whole grinding thing? Yuck. The flirting/hooking up game was so different in Australia! And the drinking culture? Americans drink to get drunk and go out, Aussies love a beer with almost anything and drink because they mostly enjoy the taste (they just get hammered in process of enjoying all this grog!). Also, the whole "Live to work - Work to live" mentality is so noticeably different between the two cultures.
Anyways, let's be real, my man does follow the Aussie stereotypes -- Blonde hair, surfer, beach bum, makes a mean BBQ, loves a good beer, and rides a kangaroo to work! Only kidding, he doesn't like beer that much.... But he's definitely a top bloke. (Impressed with my use of Aussie slang? I bet you are!) Anyways, I love dating an Australian and here are the reasons why:
surf dating an australian © The Huffington Post surf dating an australian **This post is purely based on my experience dating a few American and Aussie men, and in no way trying to generalize the American and Australian population. Just personal preference. Soz.1. I don't actually know any of his friends real names
"Muzza", "Jordo", "Pinky", "Lawz", "Smithy". What ever happened to names like "John", "Tom" and "Mike"? But seriously? It's weird.
AKA: He's mysterious.2. He is fearless to pathetic puny American standard insects
I see a spider, I scream. The Aussie comes in, sees the spider and says "that's it?" Everyone knows that Australia has some wild and terrifying creatures that are ultimately out to kill you, so the tiny and unintimidating insects here are nothing to the Aussie kind. And hey, he can easily play off as my hero when he catches a spider!
AKA: He's a fearless badass hero who swoons me with his bravery.3. Not having meat in a meal is unacceptable
Yes, there are vegetarian Australians, but after dating my Aussie and meeting most of his friends, every meal required some sort of meat (mostly BBQ of sorts) otherwise it was considered as just an appetizer. I once thought I could surprise my man with a really delicious bean soup for dinner, only to hear "but where's the chicken?" He actually left, bought roasted chicken, and had the nerve to put it in my soup and say, "There we go. Now that's a meal!" Lesson learned.
AKA: He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.4. Americans love his accent
I, being one of the Americans that fell in love with his accent, obviously, but the Aussie will go to the bar, smile at someone (being nice, not flirty) and they will nod and turn back to their friends. The minute he starts speaking, it's as if someone just yelled "FREE NUTELLA!!!" All eyes on him -- "Is that an accent I hear? OMG, where are you from?" Excuse me, he's mine. Turn around, please.
AKA: His accent is hot. 5. Speaking of accents, anything he says always sounds better
To this day, I am pretty sure I haven't really listened to what the Aussie has been saying. I just get too distracted with that accent. He can say, "I just made a few cheese curds in my pants while kissing a whale" and I am here like **whimper** That was hot, kiss me now! *blushing* AKA: Again, his accent is hot!6. If you don't know footy well, just support the same team he does
Aussie boys are incredibly loyal to their footy team. If your man goes for the Geelong Cats, so do you. I hear choosing footy teams can make or break a relationship. I've lost friends over this. Choose wisely.
AKA: I suppose he's loyal? jonathan-brown-footy dating an australian © The Huffington Post jonathan-brown-footy dating an australian 7. No matter how much you fight it, they will always love their vegemite
I don't get it nor will I ever understand it, but after moving to the States, the Aussie misses his Vegemite. It was his go-to drunk food. It's basically solid left over salty beer mush. Smells horrible and tastes horrible. Am I missing something? Someone explain the appeal, please!
AKA: He always carries a piece of home and has terrible taste in bread spreads. 8. As a Melbourne Boy, he is an entitled coffee snob
I'll admit, Melbourne has an incredible coffee scene. If you look at any tour book for Melbourne, the first thing mentioned to visit are the laneways and coffee shop. No joke! Melbournians have every right to be coffee snobs! So the first time the Aussie was in LA, he could not find ANY coffee, but after a year or so, forcefully, we found coffee shops that satisfies his coffee snobery thirst. Imagine being in China where coffee doesn't meet his standards? 2 hours and an attempt to read Chinese mapquest later, no satisfaction.
Cafe Flat White - dating an australian © The Huffington Post Cafe Flat White - dating an australian AKA: He likes luxurious goods. A good flat white is luxurious, right?9. Apparently they don't have time to speak in full worded sentences
"Meet me for a bevi this arvo?" For all the non Aussies reading this, did anyone understand that? That meant "let's get a drink this afternoon." It's hilarious. It's like they shorten all their words because they don't have enough time to formulate full sentences! It must be an important meeting or something... I've learned to love it. It's endearing. :)
AKA: He is efficient.10. He wears thongs
He wears thongs confidently and doesn't care who's watching! He wore his thongs to climb to the Great Wall of China, on the beaches of Indonesia, motorbiking and even to sporting matches. Oh, and we call thongs, flip flops. But still flip flops to the Great Wall of China? Come on, mate....
AKA: He's confident and doesn't care about judgement.
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