06 July 2011

Yes, I'm Australian, No I don't ride a Kangaroo to School {a guest post by Brittany-Amelia}

*I apologize if this is posted early, it's the 6th of July where I am!*
Cracked Earth-Original Photograph

G'day! I'm Britts! I'm that Aussie girl that turns up in various places on the 'net, and today I'm here to tell you all about my homeland, Australia. 

There are so many sterotypes associated with Australia, hence my title Yes I'm Australian, no I don't ride a Kangaroo to school. What really shocks me is how much us Aussies know about America but how little Americans know about Australia. I'm here to change that! :)

 I'm always asked about Kangaroos...don't ask me why, but they seem to fascinate people. Well, I suppose I can hardly talk. ;) 

But the truth is, you can't ride them, and they don't make fabulous pets. In reality they just kinda bounce around the farm land! And they aren't exactly rideable, they can be quite vicious with their huge claws and massive tails. Believe me, you don't want to get on the wrong side of a kanga! 

Old Man Emu-Original Photograph
I think lots of people think of an emu as an Australia ostrich, but really they're quite different. For example: 
The Emu has very strong legs with three toes which allow it to run at speed of upto 30 mph. The feet are said to be strong enough to kill a human. The Ostrich has extremely strong legs with two toes that are designed in a manner to enable it to run at speeds of upto 40 mph. The ostrich also have exceptionally large eyes in relation to their heads. In fact they are said to have the largest eyes among the land vertebrates.
{via Difference Between}
Like it said it the quote, emus are deadly if annoyed. As a country girl I was always taught that emus were not to be messed with. I was very lucky to get the picture above at special emu farm where they had tame(ish) emus running around.

What ever the weather...     
It seems to me that a lot of people think of Australia of always being hot, but that is not the case in many parts! True, I have never seen snow, but it snows during winter in the Eastern States from time to time. Where I live it's currently a bitterly cold (in my mind) winter. It's 4 o'clock and currently 61 degrees, but up north in Broome it is 81!

So, I do hope I've answered some of you're questions about Australia, but if not feel free to use the comment box below or shoot me a comment on my blog! 

Hi there! My name is Brittany-Amelia, and I'm a 14 year old Aussie gal. I live for dance, photography, and writing. I'm the oldest of 8 kids, and I've always been just a bit independent. I'm proud of my Irish heritage and love to travel. I'd love it if you'd visit my blog and follow!


  1. Go Australia! We guys rock : )
    great post!!

  2. Awesome, great to see a fellow Aussie in the blogging world!! !
    About the weather- yeah, so many people come from overseas expecting it to be so hot all the time, but here in Melbourne- nuh uh. Go to Queensland. Or Broome!!

  3. Yep, definately Australia's the best (not that I've been to any country except Australia) and the best state is QLD!!
    Despite my German heritage I'm born & bred Aussie!

  4. Yay! Go Britts! It's interesting to see the differences, alright - 'cept I'm not the stereotyping type (though that does sound hippocritical).

  5. Australia, I love being an Aussie!!!!!!!!!
    I've lived/visited every state except NT and WA and their capitals. I so want to see them!!!!!!! Love to all Aussies on blogger and those who wish they could live/visit our cool country.

  6. Great interview :)

    I had to laugh when you said it's a bitterly cold winter you're having...at 61 degrees I'm walking around in t-shirt & jeans LOL.

  7. Thanks guys!
    Wow! I didn't realize how many Aussies there were! I live in WA :)

  8. someone should TOTALLY do a guest post about England, if you're British. PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP?!?!?! I would die with happiness. :)


  9. I really want to go to Australia (I'm from the US). It really annoys me when people talk about the kangaroos all the time, because there's way more to it than that...
    Hey, is it true that "bunny" is a bad word there? I probably sound silly asking that but I just read it somewhere and wasn't sure.

  10. Isnt it funny that everyone else in the world knows about America but Americans hardly know about anyone but themselves?! I'm speaking generally of course. I'm in Canada and do business with the US and get asked daily if its snowing there (Er no, its actually 95 degrees here right now.. it's summer..) or if I live in an igloo, or if I say Out and About like Ooot and Abooot. I dont, and I have never ever met a Canadian who has hahaha.

    So strange, the stereotypes that Americans have given the rest of us!

  11. haha! That was a funny but interesting post. Oh, and 61 degrees is cold? No, 20 degrees is cold to me!

  12. -15 (F) is cold for me! I live up North in the mountains! 61 is our hot summer nights!

    I love love LOVE Australia! I have tried over and over again to get there sense I was 7... the only way I'll be able to afford it, though, is if I win a free trip!

    Oh, quick question, Do you think shows like "The Crocodile Hunter" sets an unrealistic stereotype for Aussies? I mean, I know y'all don't go 'round catching crocs and stuff...

  13. I'm rubbish in the cold & rubbish in the heat--that's why I live in England! And I read a ton of Aussie/Kiwi blogs so I think that's an amazing way to break the stereotype, just like the American blogs I read break the stereotype of totally conservative obese New Yorkers.

  14. Don't people set strange stereotypes for us all? I'm from Ireland and I've never once met a leprechaun, I know about four people with red hair that ISN'T died that way. I don't talk in that weird accent that a lot of people seem to think we have (it's not even a real accent people!) and I don't live in the middle of a land covered in never-ending rainbows. Just saying. :)


  15. always wondered about those kind of things :P thanks! :)

  16. yay, i love this post!! way to defend Aussies, britts! :D

  17. LOL I loved this :)
    I live in Brisbane so it's about 70 degrees and I'm wearing a singlet and shorts!! I hate the heat though... which isn't useful considering it's hot pretty much all the time (in my mind).
    Great photos, too. :)

  18. Ahh! Finely! I live in Australia too. I think it is high time someone did a post like this. Now, I will no longer get questions about roos. (I have gotton heaps.) :)

  19. Yes that's Australia alright.

    And yes it is a really cold winter I agree.



  20. Yes I agree with everything you wrote in that post. An american has asked me before if we ride kangaroos here! I live in Victoria, which can be hot or cold. 18 is cold for us and around 30 is hot. Great post
    Ellie :)

  21. Loved it! :) Britts, I love ya girly! I do not stereotype people. I jokingly ask them about stereotypes. 'Cause I'm myself like that. :)



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