The Aussies that I have come across are friendly and genuine. This morning I woke up around 4 after my lengthy sleep and waited around until 7 for the continental hotel breakfast consisting of toast, cereal, coffee and of course vegemite; yum! After breakfast, I was greeted by the hotel receptionist who seemed very interested in what I planned on doing in Australia. After a 45-minute conversation about the weather, sport, and teaching, I felt very welcomed to be here. On the way back to my room, I was greeted by 4 or 5 hotel staff who greeted me with a “good morning, how are you?” What a vast contrast to even the best of hotel staff in the States. We certainly have something to learn!