Outsider observations, really.
One thing that’s taking some getting used to is the way most teenagers here will smile and greet and old coot (like myself) in passing with a friendly g’day or ‘afternoon’. As opposed to the ignoring, sneering or snarling one encounters more often back home (USA)
The women here are not necessarily ‘modest’ – they’re not afraid of crazy haircuts or to show their legs no matter what shape they’re in, but at the same time they don’t show cleavage and don’t appear to be hung up on barbie-like image ideals. It’s refreshing.
Anyone here is ready to strike up a conversation about anything at any time.