Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Buy One Get One Free

Word of the day: Yonks

"I haven't been there in yonks."
"What the hell did you just say?"
"I haven't been there in yonks."
"What the hell does 'yonks' mean?"
"A long time."

In Sydney, everything retail/business closes between 5-6pm. No joke. Some places aren't even open on the weekends, or even on Monday. If they are, they're open during limited hours. The hours shops are open are called "Trading Hours." The only time shops are open past 6pm are on Thursdays, which is dubbed "Shopping Day." Shopping Day you say? YES, SHOPPING DAY. Even then, shops close at 9pm, just like in the U.S. Why Thursday you ask? I DON'T KNOW. Why don't they just keep shops open late every day? I've deduced these reasons:

1) People here are very laid back and no one wants to work past 5-6pm.
2) There are a LOT of places to shop in Sydney; there's literally a mall of some sort on every block downtown so shopping during lunch hours is quite easy.
3) Instead of hanging out at a mall or spending time shopping after work, your options are limited to restaurants/bars/movies/outdoors, meaning your time can be better spent socializing with family/friends or being active, and you don't spend as much of your time being materialistic.
4) They don't want foreigners to laugh at their store names.

Store names here are funny compared to American stores. By funny I mean they are very very literal. I guess you can say Australians aren't the most creative bunch but the most straightforward. While Americans have stores that can be claimed to have similar names like Bed, Bath & Beyond or Linen's N Things, it doesn't really compare to these gems:

General Pants Co.
Just Jeans
The Shirt Shop
Cake and Beverage Store
Bra's N Things
Beer Wine Spirits

Beer Wine Spirits
Oh I wonder what I can buy there????

Anyways, it's finally starting to hit me that I'm no longer on vacation and that I'm settling here. Two words sum up how I feel: FUCK YEAH!!! Sydney was voted the number one city in the world for Festivals and Events last week and I can see why. Since I've been here there's been: Sydney Marathon, Fashion Week, Sydney Oktoberfest, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, S.H.E. concert, Jeremih concert, Sydney Olympics Anniversary, National Rugby League Finals, and so on...on Friday there's a Cypress Hill concert, Saturday there's Fireworks in Darling Harbour, and Sunday there's a Malaysian festival. There is ALWAYS something going on.

I swear the people here take Sydney for granted and have no idea how good they have it here. When I hear Australians talk about going to America I think they must be out of their mind. I can't really blame them since all their TV, radio, movies are they'd want to see what it's like. But, I really can't imagine a place in the US as beautiful as Sydney with as much stuff to do and eat. NYC has a TONS of stuff and great food going on, but beaches/mountains are far, and it's a little too crowded and dirty for me. LA has beaches, arts and theater, good food, but the beaches aren't really clean, the air is dirty, and you NEED a car. SF is beautiful and has tons of arts, theater, and mountains nearby, but the weather doesn't really change much and the beaches are meh. Chicago is meh all around, it's a big city in the midwest with nice architecture. Not to sound like a hater, but most of the people I've met from Chicago grew up and are from the midwest, and have this mentality that Chicago is the greatest when they've never really been anywhere else. Cheers to those that at least attempt to get out and make up their minds afterward. On the bright side it's much cheaper to live there, the city is easy to figure out and the food is OK, but the weather sucks, it's not very walkable, the CTA blows, and tax is really high. Boston...I hate Boston.

There's another reason I left the US...but I'll save that for another time.

In the meantime enjoy this picture:


At September 22, 2010 at 11:15 PM , Blogger Jinny said...

I think once you live there year-round, then you can form your full opinion on the pros and cons of living in Sydney. I do like my snow, I must admit.

At September 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Howard said...

I agree, but so far so good outside of the crazy cost of living. Can't say I'll really miss snow though.

At September 23, 2010 at 1:32 AM , Blogger Jon said...


At October 4, 2010 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Amy said...

you totally sound like a hater.

philly looks dumpy from afar, but there is so much beauty walking around the neighbourhoods and even in the hood. it just takes time.

anyway, you should definitely re-read these posts on the days that you're feeling blue.


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