Diving into some Aussie culture, I spent a little time surfing the tv channels. Over the six+ months together, both me & Dana got hooked on watching a few Aussie reality shows that stole a good 5 hours of our lives each week. (Yes, they aired every single week night.) Arguably, we both watched these shows on a day to day basis but we still had different favourites. Dana got really hooked on “My Kitchen Rules” where regular Aussies compete to make amazing food dishes to ultimately win money. I got hooked on “The Block" where more regular Aussies renovated completely run down historic homes on a block room- by- room each week to ultimately earn themselves money from the sale of the homes.
(I also got a little hooked on a show called “Please Marry My Boy” where the mothers ended up picking the final match for their sons after getting to know the women & watching them date their sons. The drama between the mum’s & potential daughter-in-laws was hilarious!)
When I found out that “The Block” was Melbourne-based this year & that there was an open house weekend there was no doubt that I was going. Course, I had no clue how insanely popular it would be to go & families were lined up wayyy before the sun was up to get a look through all four houses on the block. With friends still visiting, there was no way I was spending an entire day waiting in line to get a look at the rooms first hand. So unfortunately I didn’t get to see the interiors, but I did get some pretty awesome free hats… & Dana did some celebrity gushing meeting the host, Scotty.
The night that followed, I wore my new “CHUMP” hat out to dinner on a crazy hat night. Each week, the losing room renovation couple had to wear a silly chump hat for 24 hours… After wearing mine for the night, I don’t think I’d mind losing to wear a fun hat like that.
"The Block" also allowed me to finally see an Aussie auction; a common way to sell homes in Australia, but not back in Canada. I got nervous just watching the entire process happen & was glued to my seat the entire episode. It makes house purchasing & selling seem like an intense sport!