In most countries we travelled we had a lot of laughter with the local population. The Lao and Burmese always seem to be in a good mood, we had a lot of fun negotiating with Thai tuc-tuc drivers and we remember laughing a lot with Russians in the Transsiberian railroad who at all price wanted to talk to us even if they often didn’t speak a word of English. But there is one folk that marked us specifically with their humour, an extremely not very expanded in Europe (What’s zis Inglîsh? We’d almoz zink zis articul ‘as been ritten by JaiCéé!!! ). So what I meant to say is: There is one country where the people marked us especially with their humour. A humour that is a very dry one, not very expanded in Europe, except maybe in Great-Britain: the Australian one!
The Australians have this no-nonsense attitude, which makes they greet everybody with “Hey mate!”. And when we say everybody, we mean everybody: from young to old, no matter the social class. We clearly remember one evening when a rather old lady greeted Jean-Christophe with “Hey mate!” and he got a little bit panicked about how to greet back, because, let’s face it, in Europe it would never ever come to our mind to greet someone the age of our grandparents with “Hey mate!” let alone that this person would greet us like that in return. But the Australians they do. No problem at all!
Below are some other examples of real Australian humour, there is absolutely nothing to add to this.
Vera & Jean-Christophe