A few nice phrases I've been hearing around:
- good on you! - an exclamation of support for whatever you just said
- how you going? - a mashuo of "how's it going" and "how you doing"
- ta - thanks
Unlike the trains on the subway, not all train/tram doors open automatically for you. Watch out for this, you too could be caught staring dumbly at a door that will not open through sheer force of will. And you wouldn't want to be caught looking dumb in front of a gaggle of school girls, they can be vicious! I learned this in front of a friendly older woman in an outer suburb, whew!
I looked at 5 apartments today and this is what I learned about Melbourne flats:
- Eurostyle laundry means there is a hookup, not necessarily a washer/dryer in the unit
- Sometimes a unit comes with a dryer and not a washer so you won't hang your laundry out and mess with the building aesthetic
- A refrigerator is considered a price of furniture, like a couch, so bring your own. Ovens and dishwashers come standard. Explain that distinction...
- In New York I had a bedroom with more than enough room for a queen bed, that is not a given here, bedrooms are meant for full beds here, and nothing else.
- The missing space from the bedroom has been put in the kitchen/living area usually, which makes for nice kitchens and proves they are a social people.
- Balconies are easy to come by, worthwhile views are a bit trickier. Today I saw a busy intersection, the back of a building and a car park. One had a view of the Eureka tower but the carpet smelled, so that was out.