Above: A bird's eye view of the Harbour Bridge, taken during a chopper ride in 2006.
Below: A group of backpackers at Bondi Beach, entertaining the other beach revellers (including me and Ray) with their acrobatic stunts.
I recently had a conversation with a friend whereby we discussed the various Australian cities she would love to live in (She's in Adelaide at the moment.) She mentioned Melbourne, then Brisbane. I was waiting for her to say Sydney, but it never came. So I said, "So you're not a fan of Sydney eh?"
It strikes me as strange how anyone can not love Sydney. Yes, it is overcrowded, it's dirty, the people aren't the friendliest in the world and the city's full of loonies. We have the most expensive and worst public transport system and everything, from food to houses (including rentals) is the priciest in Australia. But still...
I'm not hurt or upset or anything. I love Sydney and I don't mind it when people don't feel the same way, but I am just curious. Like I wanna say "Why? Haven't you seen the harbour? The Opera House? Haven't you been the Bondi Beach? Have you got a screw loose somewhere?" Yes, I find it hard to believe when someone says they don't like Sydney when me and a lot of my friends, seriously consider it the best city in the world.
I have to explain how I ended up in Sydney. Like many people who have never been to Australia, I was confused about where to go; which is the better state? The more prestigious university? The safest city? The best? I had my eyes set on Melbourne or Sydney so mom and I made a trip down under so I could decide.
First stop, Melbourne. Beautiful city, so serene, so arty, the air is so fresh and people so nice. I could definitely live here. I thought. But that was before I've seen Sydney.
Day 1 in Sydney and I was madly in love. The harbour bridge, the opera house, the waterviews, the excitement of the city, the buzz, the beaches. While Melbourne was nice, Sydney seemed to me, the glamourous older sister; sexier, more worldly, more complicated, more exciting and so much more seductive. So here I am, 8 years later, still in Sydney, and still loving it.
I love this city. Always.
Sydney city life