I was just reading a post by Luce on how friendly Australians are and the cultural shock of it for a European. It reminded me of my first trip to Europe in the mid eighties. Grimness, reservedness, politeness, standoffishness prevailed. Airports and planes particularly. After eight months or so away, the flight back home started in LA, and as it got closer to Australia, more Aussies picked it up and you could feel the mood change. As we flew into Sydney harbour people literally crowded around the windows and cheered. I don’t see that happening anywhere else I’ve ever been too in Asia, North or South America, Europe, the UK.
Australia is a special place. May this never change.