I have a post about my trip to see modern art on Cockatoo Island all ready to go, but I'm waiting a little bit because my permanent internet will be installed on Thursday (woot!) and I don't want to run out of my temporary internet before then. Australia is different in the U.S. in that they have what they call "caps" on all their data plans. In mobile phone terms, this means pre-paid credit. In mobile internet terms, this means you are only allowed to upload/download so much data before your plan is done. I purchased a 1G mobile internet plan, so I don't want to upload too many pictures or else I won't be able to use the internet at all any more. Well, at least until my permanent internet starts.
My permanent internet also has a cap, but it's a lot larger (130G/month, download only), and when we go over the limit, they simply slow down your upload/download speed. The cap resets at the end of the month, so if we go over one month we just have to be patient and wait until the end of the month. Our internet speed will supposedly be 10 Mbps or greater. We shall see though. I'm also not sure how that compares to what we had in Alaska.
In the meantime, I'll post a conversation I had at work the other day:
Coworker1: So what are you having for lunch?
Me: Oh, peanut butter and jelly.
Coworker 1: So is that like, a thing in the U.S.?
Me: Um.....it's not a fad, if that's what you mean.
Coworker 1: I mean, do people really eat that?
Me: Um, yeah. Especially kids. I like to take it hiking because it's good energy and it doesn't go bad. What, you don't eat PB&J here?
Coworker 1: PB&J?
Me: Yeah, peanut butter and jelly.
Coworker 1: No. I thought it was something made up.
Coworker 2: It's a bit weird, isn't it? The savory and the sweet mixed together?
Me (thinking): Well, they do that on Master Chef all the time (a really popular Australian show).
Me (out loud): It's pretty good, you should try it.
Coworker 1: So, jelly. Is that like jam?
Me: Sort of. Jam usually has bits of fruit in it. But it's the same idea.
Coworker 1: You know what jelly is here? It's that wobbly stuff.
Me: Oh, we call that jello. Or gelatin. Jello is to gelatin like Kleenex is to tissue.
Coworkers: Oh, right.
Coworker 1: So what about hot dogs? Do you actually eat hot dogs in the U.S.?
Me: Um, yeah. Like if you go to some public event, there's pretty much always hamburger and hot dogs.
Coworker 2: We eat sausages here. Like bratwursts and stuff.
Me: Well, if you go to someone's house, they'll probably serve that. But hot dogs are still pretty popular at public spaces.
Coworker 2: Have you tried Vegemite yet?
Me: Uh....I did a really long time ago. It was pretty gross.
Coworker 2: Oh that's because you didn't prepare it right. You have to try it again. A piece of toast with lots of butter and just a bit of Vegemite....
Coworker 1: Mmmm....
Coworker 2: ...and it has to be white bread. Oh I know! You should try that Vegemite with the cheese in it! (Kraft makes a product of Vegemite and processed cheese all swirled together).
Me: Uh, I read about that and I almost threw up.
Coworker 2: Ok, well maybe not. But you have to try Vegemite again, it's awesome.
Me: Okaaaay.....maybe someday.