I’ve travelled to plenty of cities in my twenty one and a half years of life, but I’ve always loved New York City the most. How couldn’t I? There are so many people, so much to do, so much to see. Somewhere you can be whoever you want, as successful as you want, however you want to. As Alicia Keys put it, “concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do.”
My only complaint is that it smells terrible. Especially on garbage day… forget it. I always pictured myself living there after college. A twenty-something, in my prime years in a big city. I imagined this until I went to Sydney, Australia. This place blew me away.
It was just like New York City, but way better. I never expected it. Just like NYC, there was so much to do, so much to see, but less crowded, and the best part… it didn’t smell!
Justin and I arrived to Sydney early on a Friday morning. We were staying at an AirBNB in the Paddington neighborhood, super trendy, in between the city’s center and Bondi Beach. We set off on foot at 8:30 AM to grab coffee and something to eat, we ended up at Starbucks. Typical. Everything was within walking distance. We walked everywhere, 29 miles in the three days we were there to be exact. We only too an Uber once back to the Paddington apartment after a long day of walking.
After we fueled up for our day we walked around the city, made our way to Sydney Harbour home to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Both of which are incredibly stunning in person. Pictures don’t do them justice. We got lucky enough to come on a weekend where Sydney had an event called Vivid Sydney. They do this every year where they light up the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art, and skyscrapers that are close to the Harbour in cool neon lights.
Aside from sightseeing, we did our fair share of eating. If you know Justin and I, you know how much we love food. I’ve recently started using the app Open Table to make reservations and learn more about restaurants. Twice I’ve used this app and both times it’s deceived me. Both restaurants we went to were described as fairly priced and casual dress when in reality they were expensive and fancy as all hell. We have a tendency to show up to fancy restaurants in gym clothes and get stared at like we have three heads.
Regardless of some of the overpriced meals, we had great food. They even had awesome American food right on the water. It almost felt like home.
Overall, Justin and I both LOVED Sydney. It is definitely a place I would recommend that everyone visits. Between the notable sightseeing, great food, and the fact that everything is walking distance, it is an incredible place. Somewhere I would love to call home, if it wasn’t a half a world away from my real home. I would love to travel back there someday, and am happy to now call Sydney, Australia my favorite city in the world.