British expat reveals one of the things that confused her most about Australian houses and apartments: ‘It’s a culture shock’
- British author Jordana Grace experiences ongoing Australian culture shock
- Ask where the washing machine is during a house inspection
- In the UK, most washing machines are placed in the kitchen due to lack of space
- But Down Under, most houses have a separate laundry room
- Ms. Grace was completely stunned by what was told to her
A British woman who moved to Australia shares a strange difference she noticed when looking to rent a house: Washing machines are rarely installed in kitchens.
on TikTok video Comedy writer Jordana Grace, titled ‘Australian Culture Shock’, has reenacted a conversation she had with a real estate agent while inspecting the kitchen of her Sydney apartment.
Ms Grace asked agents where and why the washing machine was not in the kitchen – but was shocked to be told most Australian homes have laundry rooms with washers and dryers.
Due to limited space and power sockets in the bathroom, most UK homes have washing machines under the kitchen countertops.
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British comedy writer Jordana Grace (pictured) was shocked when she was told that most Australian households have laundry rooms with washers, dryers and sinks
In a now viral TikTok video, Ms. Grace reenacted a conversation she had with a real estate agent.Ms. Grace asked the broker where the washing machine was and why it wasn’t in the kitchen
“I can’t see the washing machine in the kitchen,” Ms. Grace told the real estate agent in the replayed video. “The washing machine is not in the kitchen.”
Ms Grace was then taken to a “huge” laundry room in a separate area of the house.
“Yes, it’s a bit small, but it does the job, and most Australian houses have it. And it’s so hot that you don’t need to use a tumble dryer, so you’ll save money,” the agent told Ms Grace.
She was also struck by the fact that Australians tended to avoid using the dryer and instead hang their clothes on the clothesline.
Ms Grace was then taken to a “huge” laundry room in a separate area of the house she was inspecting.
Since then, the humorous video has been viewed more than 500,000 times and received hundreds of comments.
“I’m also shocked, the laundry room is my favorite,” one person wrote.
Other Australians seem confused as to why some British and European households keep appliances in their kitchens.
Another British woman added: “Houses in the UK are not big, many older houses don’t have space for laundry and the kitchen already has plumbing.”
Since then, the humorous video has been viewed more than 500,000 times and received hundreds of comments.Ms. Grace gained more than 200,000 loyal followers on TikTok by sharing her ‘culture shock’ videos
By sharing her “culture shock” videos, Ms. Grace has gained more than 200,000 loyal followers on TikTok.
In another video last year, Ms Grace described driving Down Under as a “laid-back Hunger Games” that failed to reflect the cheerful and relaxed Australian stereotype.
She explained that merging on the freeway was a “terrible” experience because drivers made it difficult for other cars to get into the lane.
In another video last year, Ms Grace described driving Down Under as a “laid-back Hunger Games” that failed to reflect the cheerful and relaxed stereotype of Australians
“You know that lane that helps you merge into the motorway? I’ve found in Australia that they tend to be short, which is scary in itself,” she said in the video.
“But when you’re accelerating, looking back over your shoulders trying to find a gap for the Aussies to glide over will accelerate trying to ram you into the road!”
‘Okay, so don’t let you off the road, but they won’t let you in! You must earn! If you can get in and survive, you are welcome to stay.
Ms Grace went on to explain another aspect of driving in Australia that annoyed her, about the polite “thank you” wave you usually receive after letting another driver in your lane.
“You know when you let someone in, you get a polite wave to say ‘thank you’? I rarely get that!” she said.
“If I let you in, I want to wave! I want to wave!!!