“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. Their culture is 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 the ways to go about things. Everything is 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 wom things weren’t going well. She proceeded to share what was wrong and for what reason. She then witnessed her boss review her intern and according to her, none of what she had shared was rendered… “Great, amazing” or I don’t know what.
In some ways it’s nice but it’s annoying too. On the other hand, you feel like doing something, you can do it. They all have awesome jobs: 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! Yes, it’s like Americans but times 100 000. The coffee reply happened every time, So enthused by your ordering coffee!”
Sydney, Australia, 2014