Having now lived in Sydney for a few weeks, I feel I’m in a position to pass swift judgement on what’s cool about the city, and what irks me. So here’s my list.
Five cool things
Vintage racers and fixed wheel bikes
In the inner east where I live, everyone rides amazing vintage racers, fixed wheel bikes and old-school Shoppers. These are clearly cool, though having checked out ‘Tokyo Bike’ next door, the average price is $2,000.
Hardly anyone I’ve met so far that’s actually from Sydney, which is weird. This means hundreds of amazing Asian restaurants and huge cultural diversity.
Ever since going to Chessington World of Adventures in the eighties, I’ve considered monorails to be cool and futuristic. So I was delighted to see Sydney had one, and therefore consider Sydney to be similarly futuristic and cool.
Everything happens outdoors here as you’d expect. But two of the best outdoor goings on that caught my eye are clubs running day time boat parties across the harbour, and outdoor cinemas.
Slow traffic lights
It might just be me, but the traffic lights in the city are really, really slow. I estimate at least five minutes is added to my walk to work each morning. Maybe I’m still working to UK time.
Beer versus wine
Beer, by volume,can be more expensive than wine. I saw a litre bottle of Singha for $16 (10 GBP) in a bottle shop. What’s that about? Perhaps I will start drinking “goon”.
In shops, bars and restaurants, instead of saying ‘hello’, people will greet you by saying ‘how are you’. I don’t like this and it leaves me unclear what to do – answer them? Ignore it? I prefer a curt nod and that’s that.
I could be wrong here, but it seems women only wear black dresses on a night out. Like every woman I’ve seen so far. It’s like seeing a hoard of Italian widows coming towards you. Not a major irk but more of a curiosity.
More specifically, the bugs. They are everywhere and they are huge. I constantly feel like one is watching me, and the other night I saw a cockroach the size of a rat clambering up a wall.