The different histories, physical geographies and climates of these two nations seem to only partially explain their very distinct characters. One Aussie I met remarked that his nation’s character was forged by its origins as a penal colony. That struck me as being at odds with the generally sunny disposition of
Even within the countries themselves you can begin to detect subtle differences as you travel to different regions. And that’s one of the things I enjoy most about travel—this opportunity to observe people and the way environment and geography influence their character.