East vs West

Firstly I need to say sorry for my absence – in the past two weeks I’ve moved from the east coast of Australia to the west coast and I managed to pick up a cold along the way. Now I’m on the mend, settled in, and I have internet so I am back on track!

Today’s post is going to be a little different as it’s not about a ‘travel destination’ as such. Today I feel like writing about the difference between the west and east coasts of Australia. As I’ve mentioned previously, I grew up in Perth however I spent the past 19 months living in Sydney and let me tell you they are VERY different.

Believe it or not there are some language differences between the east and west coasts. Growing up in WA our non-uniform days were called either ‘casual dress day’ or ‘free dress day’. On my first Christmas in Sydney the office received an email advising Christmas Eve would be ‘mufti day’. Now I was confused because in my limited vocabulary a muff was a part of female anatomy and definitely not appropriate to write in a work email! It wasn’t until someone explained to me that this means you get to wear casual dress that I stopped worrying about how to dress as a ‘mufti’.

Another confusion came with the word ‘footy’. Growing up in Perth, footy is 100% AFL, Rugby is Rugby (league or union, there’s no difference for a lot of WA’ers). We don’t even have an NRL team! So as you can imagine, footy tipping my first year was very confusing when I didn’t know ANY of the teams on the list. Also, take my advice here, don’t call Rugby League just Rugby over there, it never ends well. Continue reading “East vs West”

Sydney, Australia

Once a week I’ll be sharing insights, travel tips, photos, and anything else that might be interesting, for a city or region from around the world. I figured what better place to start with than my current home city?

When someone says Australia they immediately think of bronzed body’s, white sandy beaches, kangaroos, Vegemite, and throwing shrimps on barbies. Now, while I’m happy with most stereotypes associated with being Australian let’s get some housekeeping out of the way shall we? No Australian has ever ‘thrown shrimp on the barbie’, mainly because down under we take barbecuing very seriously and won’t ever throw meat onto the grill. Also we eat prawns, not shrimp. Secondly, we do not drink Fosters beer. Ever. Don’t come to a party with a carton of Fosters unless you’re willing to carry it home again.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s get started – Sydney! The home of Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, and ‘the coat hanger’ (also known as the Sydney Harbour Bridge). After living here for just 18 months I can tell you it’s so much more than that though, there are so many different places to visit and things to see that it can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re here for a limited time. To help you out I’ve listed a few things to see and do while you’re here, not all of them will be in your guide book…. Continue reading “Sydney, Australia”