An al­most-Parisian’s time in Oz

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NAME: Jen­nilee Car­rier AGE: 26

HOME: France

“SOME­WHERE near Paris,” Jen­nilee said when queried about where ex­actly in France she hails from.

The “al­most” Parisian spent the last three years in Lon­don work­ing as a beau­ti­cian.

She was lured to our shores by tales of beau­ti­ful land­scapes, amaz­ing weather (sub­jec­tive to what state you’re in), de­li­cious food, in­cred­i­ble fash­ion and fun­nily enough, our high wages.

Grow­ing tired of dreary, grey, and ex­pen­sive Lon­don, she booked a one-way flight with her boyfriend, Nimo.

The cou­ple flew into Mel­bourne and Jen­nilee spent four months work­ing at Myer at the Guer­lain counter, con­firm­ing to friends in Lon­don the money is bet­ter in Oz.

She’s happy to give beauty con­sults from the back of her van... for a fee of course.

She also thought snorkelling was bet­ter in Cairns... But thinks the Whit­sun­days is one of her favourite places.

What’s your favourite Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion so far?

I loved Cairns be­cause it was the first time I had been snorkelling. The wa­ter was so clear, you could see all the colours of the dif­fer­ent kinds of fish. We saw a re­ally big fish called George, he let us pet him. There was lots of dif­fer­ent co­ral too – it wasn’t the bright­est, but the shapes and tex­tures were some­thing I wasn’t ex­pect­ing.

What’s the weird­est thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

I don’t think any­thing is weird, just dif­fer­ent! I love how there are pub­lic bar­be­ques ev­ery­where. And the pub­lic toi­lets are so good here – so clean and they’re ev­ery­where.

Even when I’ve been in the mid­dle of nowhere on a hike, there is a toi­let!

What’s your favourite thing about Aus­tralia?

It’s too hard to choose!

How do you think travel has changed you?

I’m a lot poorer, but richer for it with life ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a cliché but you learn so much about your­self and your char­ac­ter.

What’s your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

Wear sun­screen and a hat! I have been burnt since I got here.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

CAREFREE: Jen­nilee Car­rier came to Aus­tralia for a slower pace and is lov­ing her trav­els so far.

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