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I went to Sydney too

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Nice city, shame about the people...

you're the third person who has made a point that the people are somewhat naff in australia. why is that?!?

18th Dec 2007, 14:03

hildegard says:

Jetblack - Having seen the Australian Tourist Board's tv ad, I have to wonder what kind of nation imagines that an enticing appeal to visit their country is best made by a foul-mouthed brat in a swimming cossie.
On the other hand, perhaps it could be considered fair warning...

18th Dec 2007, 14:18

mat says:

Quite a few (ie, considerably more than I'd expect) friends of mine from high school now live in or near Sydney. They all, without exception, own gigantic houses that cost a fraction of what one would pay here for a tiny terraced house with no garden, and each $AU they earn buys far more than each £ I earn.

Plus it's sunny all the time. That alone would make it worth leaving south-east Cheshire (I grew up in the rain shadow of the Pennines).

If you want truly beautiful scenery and great weather combined with wonderful people, New Zealand is the place. It's the only place in the world where I've had people come up to me in the street and say "you look a bit lost mate, can I help you find anywhere", which, when you've just got off a flight from the other side of the planet and don't know where you're staying that night, is incredibly welcoming.

18th Dec 2007, 16:19

Steve says:

Sydney's residents remind me a lot of London's residents. It has a big city feel and people don't have time for you. That said, I was staying in the CBD and I didn't get to see a large cross section of the community. I did however seem very White and not very culturally diverse.

Melbourne on the other hand is a very friendly town which is young in it's attitudes and extremely culturally diverse.

And I can only mirror Mat's comments on New Zealand, I have never met such friendly people in my entire life. I only experienced helpfulness and there was never an air of people trying to sell you stuff or in some way get your money. The defining moment for me was when I was trying to get a print out. I was looking a bit lost in a small town centre and someone came out of their shop and asked if they could help me. I explained that I needed to print out a couple of sheets of A4 and they ushered me to their computer. I tried to give them some money and they wouldn't hear of it.

If I thought that I could make a living in Nz I would move there in a shot.

18th Dec 2007, 23:35