Columbian student living in Australia reveals the ONE apartment feature she doesn't understand

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Colombian student living in Australia reveals the ONE ‘bizarre’ common apartment feature she doesn’t understand: ‘Why do they do this?’

  • Colombian student Elisa Giraldo moved to the ‘Sunshine State’ a month ago
  • She posted a video explaining what differences there are between countries 
  • One of them was that Australians walk on the left side of the footpath
  • But she was mostly shocked by the fact apartments have carpet on the floor
  • ‘We are right next to the beach and there are carpets on the floor?’ she said 


A Colombian student who moved to Australia just one month ago has spilled the beans on the most ‘bizarre’ aspects of life Down Under she has encountered so far.

Elisa Giraldo, who is now based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, took to TikTok on Tuesday to decipher why Aussies walk on the left hand side of the road and call ‘bell peppers’ capsicum, but she was most confused by the introduction of carpeted flooring in living and dining rooms.

‘This is something that, for the life of me, I cannot understand. Why? Why? I’ve inspected around 10 to 15 apartments and all of them have carpeted floors. Right next to the beach. Why?’ she said.

Elisa Giraldo, who is now based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, took to TikTok on Tuesday to decipher why Aussies walk on the left hand side of the road and call'bell peppers' capsicum

Elisa Giraldo, who is now based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, took to TikTok on Tuesday to decipher why Aussies walk on the left hand side of the road and call ‘bell peppers’ capsicum

‘I want to point out that I’ve been living here for a month and I’m living on the Gold Coast which I know if not the whole of Australia and that’s not how all Australians behave or live.

‘But these are thing from my experience, okay?’

One woman in the comments section identified herself as an Australian before saying: ‘carpet is cheaper than tiles or floor boards’.

One woman in the comments section identified herself as an Australian before saying:'carpet is cheaper than tiles or floor boards'

'Carpet because we have a huge wool industry and we love carpet. Love it, just love it,' said another

One woman in the comments section identified herself as an Australian before saying: ‘carpet is cheaper than tiles or floor boards’

‘Carpet because we have a huge wool industry and we love carpet. Love it, just love it,’ said another.

Elisa continued the video by talking about the way Aussies drive on the opposite side of the road to Colombians.  

‘The first thing… you kind of come prepared for, like they drive on the left side of the road… and I’m not going to be driving anytime soon so that’s fine,’ she said.

‘But they also walk on the left hand side of the road. So if someone is coming up to you on the sidewalk you have to move the left side… which is weird. Also, the escalators in the mall are on the left side. Weird.’

Elisa continued the video by talking about the way Aussies drive on the opposite side of the road to Colombians

Elisa continued the video by talking about the way Aussies drive on the opposite side of the road to Colombians

Finally the young woman was perturbed by the use of the word ‘capsicum’ to describe a vegetable. 

‘The third thing is normal but I find it weird and it’s the fact that they call bell peppers capsicums. Why not just call it bell pepper?’ she said.

‘Can somebody please explain to me why that is? I don’t know if I’m dumb or what but why don’t they just call it bell pepper?’  

Interestingly ‘capsicum’ is the genus of the flowering plant and it is derived from the Greek word ‘Kapto’ meaning to bite or swallow. 

‘Bell pepper is more botanical slang,’ one commenter pointed out.

Elisa plans to continue unearthing the differences between the two cultures while she studies and works in Queensland.

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