Magic Money

July 16th, 2014 by under Australian Internship, Summer Break. 6 Comments.

GaldiBy John Galdi

Only 4 short weeks left in this beautiful country and there’s still so much left to do! But let me be the first to tell you, these first 6 weeks have been some of the busiest and most exciting weeks of my life. If you haven’t been to Australia, or even studied abroad for that matter, I recommend it to everybody.

One thing that Australia definitely has figured out much better than the U.S. is their paper money. Check out the picture below to really understand what I’m talking about. First of all, all the bills are different sizes. The fifty is the largest and the five is the smallest. It makes sense… the more its worth, the bigger it is. They are also all different colors, so you never get confused when you look into your wallet. A couple of mates we befriended over here told us that when they came to America they would accidentally pay with 100s instead of 10s, since all the money is the same size and color, and unintentionally leave quite the tip for their server… I wish I was the server that received that tip.

Also, the money is plastic, so you are able to wash it with your clothes without ruining the money…as I always do…unintentionally of course. Instead of finding ruined dollars that are unusable in your laundry, you find these brand new clean bills… It’s kind of like your birthday every day? Sure that sounds good. The plastic bills also make the money impossible to rip. Yes. Impossible. Trust me…you can’t rip. Although I was able to make one tear slightly after aggressively biting it with my teeth… but I wouldn’t recommend doing that, just take my word for it.

The coins, on the other hand, are still a struggle for me… especially when I’m under pressure at the cash register with a long line of people behind me. I usually fold under this immense pressure and grab a handful of change and hand it to the cashier. They’re not always too happy with that. Oh well.

Anyway, I’m off to do a little adventuring around the country of Australia. Be sure to check out my next post, as I’ll tell you all about how beautiful the country is and what I’ve been doing in my free time. Cheers!

The two small gold coins on the far right are 2-dollar coins. The bigger gold coins are 1-dollar coins. The biggest coin they have is the large 50-cent coin in the middle.

The two small gold coins on the far right are 2-dollar coins. The bigger gold coins are 1-dollar coins. The biggest coin they have is the large 50-cent coin in the middle.

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Great point about the bills in Australia vs US. I (and others I know) have gotten in trouble when working retail due to register shortages, and I’m sure it’s because we gave change for the wrong bills, since they are so similar.

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