Spent some time in USA in 1991 and went to College. The amount of people who commented me on having no accent but quite a funny accent and coming from Austria. When I said I was from Australia, there was almost a collective duhhhhh where's that? Then the questions began in earnest almost as if Australia was kind of like the wild west was, before it was tamed and became civilized.
Made me realise we are really just a little dot on the map and when we move outside our home base, we find so much is very different. As a visitor elsewhere we need to acquaint ourselves with rules and regulations of other places because in many instances, they are so different to what we know.
While many may think they are big shots in Oz, we are a little fishpond in a vast ocean