Imagine a world…. (Australia- first thoughts)

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Hope, TRAVEL
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Imagine a world where:

  • Minimum wage is 15$ an hour.
  • The government pays you to have children. (baby bonus)
  • The government also pays you to go to school (college/uni). (ok… It’s not entirely free… But they front a lot of money. Imagine a world where there is no 70K in debt after you graduate!)
  • Where full-time workers get 4 weeks (paid) time off and 2 weeks sick. (Also, after 10 years at that company, they get 6 months sabbatical)… The best part of this is that during your time off you are still accruing time off. *BONUS*
  • Farmers get paid WELL for growing food. (and the pickers are foreign kids who want to live in the country so they can travel)
  • Health care is almost 100% free for the “basics”. Private health insurance is also available. I once over-heard “I had to pay 700$ for my stomach operation.” (I remember paying 750$ for the doctor to write a script for my ear infection….)
  • Imagine a world where if you choose to drink/smoke ciggs, those items are taxed and the money is spent on the country’s healthcare.
  • A world where “the most traumatic situation that happened was a massacre of 35, 20 injured”. Whoop-ti-do.
  • There is no preservatives hormones in the food. Everything is natural and tastes SO MUCH BETTER! (I never used to drink milk… Here I can’t get enough.)
  • With that said- the coffee here/coffee house mentality is better than Seattle. Yep. I just said it. It’s true. The coffee here is MAYBE on par with Italian coffees.
  • Imagine living in a city where the public transport is well kept, never smells like piss/vomit, runs 98% on time and is efficient.

Imagine a world where you don’t have problems with immigrants because they are all welcome with open arms! A world where you can simply fill out a form, pay a bit of money and POOF! You’re welcome to come into the country and work/live! No “show me your papers!” No “GET OUT OF HERE, YOU ILLEGAL!” (of course, everyone complains about immigrants no matter what country you’re in… But imagine a world where it’s fairly easy to get in… Especially if you lived 200 years ago and have a criminal record!)

Imagine a world where you want to learn something– (sewing classes, swing dancing, spanish lessons, musical theater, under-water-basket weaving…) there is a community waiting for you to welcome you into their pod with open arms.

Oh wait… I don’t have to imagine this world. It exists. It’s called Australia.

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Comments
  1. Leib L says:

    So your first impression, after a few days, has shifted a bit?

  2. Beatriz says:

    Just because the location of your outdoor adventure includes a water source, don’t assume that it is drinkable water. He then discusses the parts of kits in chapters divided into these categories: Fire & Light, Signaling, Navigation, H2o & Meals, Shelter & Protection, Knives & Equipment, Medical related, Multi-Purpose Parts, and Miscellaneous Parts. Regardless of the particular type of emergency, planning ahead and having the necessary supplies to make it through the first several days of the crisis is extremely important.

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