The experience

“What struck me most was when we ordered a coffee in Australia and the waiters replied, sincerely: “Wonderful, amazing, best choice ever!” They were systematically very enthusiastic. Our French friends on site confirmed that it is indeed very Australian to be enthusiastic about everything. They’ve lived there for six years and in the beginning they didn’t understand this attitude. Everything is great, awesome, amazing, and when it’s just ‘awesome’, things are really bad it turns out.

Emilie, my French friend, reported back to her direct superior about her intern with whom things weren’t going well. She then witnessed her boss review her intern and according to her, none of what she had shared was rendered… everything was just: ‘Great, amazing’ or something like that. I don’t know what else. 

It can become annoying, but in some ways it’s nice: if you feel like doing something, you feel confident enough to just go ahead and do it! They all have awesome jobs there: with a Masters degree, you’re the king of petrol. People trust one another. They don’t have all these obstacles like we do, it’s quite incredible! It’s similar to the American positive attitude but times 100 000. The “coffee reply” happened every time. So enthused by your ordering coffee!”

Sydney, Australia, 2014

Who talks

Suzanne (French) is just 30 years old when she travels, pregnant, to Australia to visit her brother-in-law, who is himself wrapping up an internship in Brisbane; they meet up in Sydney. She’s a born adventurer originally from the Paris area, who went to Peru with a student exchange program and was an expat in Mexico. These experiences have helped her realize, like many of her fellow countrymen and women, that she fears failure. Held back in her own projects by this dictature for success, she is charmed by the Australians’ enthusiasm to try and support each other throughout the process.

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