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American expat Adam Foskey shares ‘unspoken rules’ about Australia

American expat shares four ‘unspoken rules’ she’s learned about living in Australia – from walking on the left to ALWAYS having a go-to coffee order

  • Adam Foskey relocated from his native Georgia, US, to Melbourne before Covid
  • In a TikTok video he revealed ‘unspoken rules’ he’s learned about Australia
  • They include holding on to the handrail on trams and having a go-to coffee order
  • Mr Foskey also noted how Aussies walk on the left side of paths and escalators
  • He said it’s crucial to follow an AFL team so you can get involved with banter

An American expat living in Melbourne has revealed the ‘unspoken rules’ about sport, coffee and commuting he has learned since moving to Australia.

In a recent TikTok video, Adam Foskey, from Georgia, US, said there are four habits he advises all overseas residents to form if they want to fit in with ‘true blue’ Aussies.

They include holding onto the handrail on trams, having a go-to coffee order that you always place and walking on the left-hand side of paths and escalators.

Mr Foskey also recommends following an AFL team or at least understanding the sport so you can get involved with the annual Grand Final parties, which he said are ‘always a good time’.

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In a recent TikTok video, Georgia-born Adam Foskey (pictured) said there are four habits he advises all overseas residents to form if they want to fit in with ‘true blue’ Aussies

The most important lesson Mr Foskey said he has learned is to always hold on to something while riding the tram around Melbourne.

‘I had to learn this the hard way. We rounded this corner at 90 miles an hour, next thing I know I’m sprawled on the floor with 10 other people,’ he said.

Mr Foskey’s observation is grossly exaggerated as statistics from network operator Yarra Trams show trams move sluggishly around the Victorian capital at an average speed of just 16 kilometres per hour.

Next, he encouraged viewers to stick to the left side while out and about in the city.

‘It’ll just help traffic flow,’ he said.

Mr Foskey said he has learned to hold onto tram rails (pictured) since moving to Melbourne

He also has a go-to coffee order

Mr Foskey said he has learned to hold onto tram rails (left) and have a go-to coffee order (right) since moving to Melbourne

Mr Foskey said it's a good idea to follow an AFL team, like the Sydney Swans or the Hawthorn Hawks pictured in a clash at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 11, 2021

Mr Foskey said it’s a good idea to follow an AFL team, like the Sydney Swans or the Hawthorn Hawks pictured in a clash at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 11, 2021

Mr Foskey then urged viewers to choose a favourite AFL team because Australians are more than likely to ask who you support.

‘Also try to keep up with the AFL throughout the year because the Grand Final parties are always a good time,’ he said.

Finally, Mr Foskey said Australians drink ‘a lot of coffee’ so it’s best to have a usual order to save time in the queue.

‘Mine’s an iced long black,’ he said.

The observations, which have racked up 109,000 views since they were uploaded online on June 18, drew amusing suggestions of other unspoken rules.

Mr Foskey advised viewers to stick to the left-hand side of paths and escalators (stock image)

Mr Foskey advised viewers to stick to the left-hand side of paths and escalators (stock image)

‘Our rules are: always know what to order at the drive-thru, always carry an umbrella and never pat a wild kangaroo,’ one person replied.

‘Wave and say thank you when someone gives way/lets you in. Know when it’s your shout [to buy a drink] and never disappear when it’s your round,’ added another. 

Others praised Mr Foskey for so eagerly assimilating to Australian culture.

‘I love how you are so keen to adapt to us and our ways! Thank you and welcome,’ one woman wrote.

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