Tell us something about your country or city that we might not know.

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Post # 31
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Sugar Beekeeper

Adelaide in South  Australia is great . Wonderful restaurants and beaches and its not  terribly expensive to live here either.

These are facts unknown to many. Certainly unknown to  people from Melbourne or Sydney…..  

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

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elderbee :  I’ve been to Adelaide and the Barossa region! I absolutely loved it. My friends from Adelaide call it “Radelaide” which I’ve adopted now too xo

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Great thread!

I live in Australia.  Grew up in adelaide, live in melbourne and cant wait to return to adelaide to live next year.

Australia has our own type of football (aussie rules) which is the best sport in the world as voted by me. Go Crows!

The average house price in Melbourne is currently over $900,000.  This includes greater melbourne, with houses on the fringes being over an hour away from the city and still around the $600,000 mark.

I dont think the major cities of Australia (including Melbourne) are all that special.  The truly amazing and unique part of australia is road tripping into the bush, rainforests, outback and all the country towns you hit along the way.  

As soon as you leave the main parts of the cities, kangaroos are bloody everywhere.  

 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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elderbee :  Adelaide is the best, and the peopke are so awesome and friendly compared to Melbourne.  I cant wait to set our roots down there.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee

Scotland has the World’s largest Northern Gannet colony on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth: over 150,000 birds.

Gannet - Landing Gear Down

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

Not to mention that Scotland has some of the World’s most beautiful beaches. It just doesn’t have the World’s most beautiful weather.

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Post # 37
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Bumble bee

I live in a really small town with no famous facts. I do live near the town where John Wilkes Booth lived. He killed Abraham Lincoln.

Post # 38
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Another aussie here.

A little known fact would be that our current political system is just as fucked up as the USA. We got a new Prime Minister this week who has been labelled by the UN as a human rights violater for the policies introduced by him in the Australian government and treatment of asylum seekers. This government also has a media ban on talking about said asylum seekers.

So that brings us to our disgraceful treatment of asylum seekers. You think the USA’s babies in cages thing was bad, I dare you to read up on our treatment of children in detention. Oh wait you can’t due to the gags put over the mouths of anyone who wants to talk. Thank god for the few brave whistleblowers (doctors, nurses, psychologists, guards) who risk imprisonment for sharing what they know.

But we do have the worlds oldest continuous culture. But the government is doing it’s best to end that as well. $500 million cut from the last budget for Indigenous programs and more closures of remote Aboriginal communities than any other government since the establishment of missions. 

Outsiders always think Australia is such a great place but that is all surface level. It’s living conditions are better than a lot of other countries for sure but we have our share of problems. A very worrying trend is the rise in the alt right, of which our new PM is of.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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j_jaye :  what a negative view of our beautiful country.  The issues you have raised are much more complicated than what youve made them out to be.  And it’s pretty baseless to call our PM alf-right – do you have any facts to back that up?

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I’m mostly here to defend Mississippi as not a living, breathing version of O, Brother Where Art Thou.. 😂

I live in the capital city which is home to Eudora Welty and one of the only four cities (in the world!) allowed to host the International Ballet Competition.

Post # 41
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Newbee

In my country/Hometown weddings are vastly different.

 

 People arent desperate to marry, in fact there is many couples that stay unwed and get status as unmarried but permanent partnership (Thats a wedding like tax status).

Weddings are also different were I come from. It is usually only family and friends. Not too many people. The biggest wedding I have been to had 60 guests because both families are large and groom and bride had many friends.

But before the actual wedding we have Polterabend where the couple invites everyone from the village/their friends and work circle/ sports circle and they have a big celebration of upcoming nuptials. Those can be large.

Its usually BBQ and drinking. People bring porcelain to smash for good luck.

Post # 42
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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youngbrokebride :  I think his record as immigration minister and minster for social security speaks loudly enough. Or how about the time he walked out on the apology to the first nations people. Or how about being the mastermind behind the media gag? He is implict in the death and rape of asylum seekers. He blocked women raped in detention from accessing abortions. All on public record. And I won’t get started on LGBTIQ issues. Again public record.

And the issues are not complicated if you actually research them and ignore the dog whistling. That is what I find a lot in this country. People actually do not do independent research and blindly believe what the media tells them.

Did you know for instances that the second largest group of illegal immigrants are from the USA? The first is China and the third is the UK. There are currently over 5,000 US illegal immigrants roaming free which far exceeds the number of asylum seekers from multiple nations in detention. But we don’t hear anything about these guys stealing jobs or the like. Why are these guys not being rounded up and locked in detention for years? Makes you wonder hmm? 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

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timonandpumba :  Fellow South African here! It’s so lovely to meet others on the Bee! 

I’m from KZN, beautiful beaches, and mountains further inland in Drakensburg 😆

Post # 44
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

People in the United States know a lot about my adopted city, but you might not know that Washington, DC has the largest library in the world, the oldest operating fish market in the U.S., and a bonsai tree museum. 

Also, the city has streets named by letters, but it skips right over J.(Apparently I and J were too close to each other and use interchangeably back then?)

Post # 45
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Helper bee

I am still giddy from Crazy Rich Asian movie so I want to talk about Singapore/Malaysia.

I grew up in Malaysia, and family is from both countries. I don’t say that I am half Singaporean because when my parents were born Singapore was PART of Malaysia. They seceeded from Malaysia in 1965 to form their own nation state. So even though Singapore is a separate country today, I don’t consider them to be separate in terms of culture and society. 

Peninsula Malaysia, East Malaysia and Singapore were British Commonwealth colonies. Much of the things in CRA book & movie are accurate in details. The ruling class and elite families sent their children to British schools, British boarding schools and British colleges. Even though we are no longer a colony, having a UK education confers higher status due to the association with the elite/ruling class who are mostly UK-pedigree alumni.

It may be crazy for Americans to understand why they needed to cast Asians with “British accent” for the movie, but the book author was very specific in what type of family they came from (old money from the British era).

The city Singapore has changed significantly over the past 30 years, they have gained worldwide attention for high standards of education, higher GDP, increasing wealth, tourism etc. Malaysia crawls at a slower pace. But both countries are beautiful and have amazing food. People don’t really get it, when I tell them that Malaysia has the best food on the planet, period. It’s something that isn’t exportable. If you find a Malaysian restaurant in America, its like Pizza Hut is American food to us, its an ok approximation of the cuisine, but does not depict the best of the cuisine.

I’ve read some criticisms about the movie depicting Chinese asians as the “rich” family and the servants and guards made up of Indonesians, Filipinos and Indians. Singapore and Malaysia are very diverse countries (more so than America, I would say). The depiction in the movie is very important as it revolves around one particularly, filthy rich family. There is a lot of immigrant laborers in these countries. Notably the scene with the Sikh guards (when Rachel and Peik Lin arrived at Tyersall mansion) is very significant and most locals understand that this is beyond stereotype but another clue left by British colonies. 

in the 1800s many Sikhs immigrated to Malaya as part of British recruitment of police, military and guards. Upon independence, many men of Sikh descent stayed in those occupations or became lawyers. Many well respected members of the police force, judges, and royal guards are Sikh men.

Similarly the British Empire recruited labor from their other colonies to work in mining and agriculture in Malaysia, which results in large population of Indian Tamils and Chinese. As Malaysia transitioned away from agriculture economy towards service industries, these folks do not stay in mining and agro jobs.

Also, Michelle Yeoh, the actress who played Eleanor Young, is decorated with honors of the royal family in Malaysia, she has the equivalent of a knighthood of sorts. She’s basically our national treasure.

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