Oh my, its good to be back on these bikeforums, and its good to be going back to Australia in a month.
I am a 19 year old boy who spends all his days in Australia riding around town, to the mall, to here and there and everywhere. Me and my trusty sora-geared road bike go everywhere in the melbourne south eastern suburbs. Problem is I've been away on a GAP year in Israel after finishing VCE. This is a country with a lot happening, but it is a country where no one rides bicycles, and more importantly no one single road was designed for bicycles. It is a country dominated by cars, and for the last 7 months of my 10 month trip, my one wish, my greatest desire is to hop on my trusty bike and ride around in the suburbs.
I know I'm preaching to the converted, but Australia is a wonderful place, and it took me a year-long trip to another country to realise this. Australia is a place where people truly live for play. Maybe its that we're so far dislocated from the rest of the world and its major problems. In fairness, Israel is surrounded by hostile arab states. From what I've seen in comparison, Australians work much less hours, they spend a lot of time outdoors and love their sport, and they are on the whole more relaxed and more patient.
This post has probably been a bit random and all over the place, but I just wanted to tell about how I feel about Australia after 9 months in a foreign country, it is definitely the lucky country.