I was in WordPress fixing a few things on this here blog Wednesday when I saw a new comment. It was from a TEN News reporter who wanted to get in touch with me for an unknown reason. A few minutes later, we were on the phone.
She was working on a story about Sydney’s recent ranking as one of the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, more expensive, even, than London and New York. She’d found my blog post from January on how I’d failed in moving abroad and read the part about grossly underestimating the costs. A little over an hour later, the reporter — who was very friendly, professional and grounded — and her crew filmed me talking about the topic at a cafe down the street from my apartment. It aired on the 5 p.m. news Wednesday night, with a nice plug of my blog logo to boot. Unfortunately, you can only view this clip if you’re in Australia.
All of this was, of course, awesome. I’ve had a few TV appearances, my last of which involved an Adriano Zumbo documentary featuring an interview with Heather of There’s No Place Like Oz, but I’ve never been interviewed on camera. Even better was the title underneath my name: writer and travel blogger. Getting recognized for a career I’ve worked hard for in my adopted country is pretty cool.
The topic just made it even sweeter, to be honest. I really have been whining about money in the last year, and it’s nice to realize I’m not alone in feeling how crazy expensive things are here. And it’s not solely a matter of income and spending habits. The Queensland floods took the price of bananas to over $15 a kilo at one point. Round-trip flights home to America have risen $700-plus since this time last year. Plus, the Aussie dollar has gotten stronger, which hurts anyone who ever needs to withdraw money from an American bank account (raises hand). Last year at this time, I was actually saving money by withdrawing from my home bank to pay for things here.
Of course, we can all do things on an individual level when costs soar. I took on more Australian freelance work so I didn’t need to touch my American bank accounts. I took more public transport instead of relying on expensive cabs. I stopped eating out as much, and my food shopping list changed to incorporate cheaper and/or longer-lasting food.
Sadly, I still haven’t eaten a banana in a really long time.
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