I’m an American in Sydney and I’m puzzled by this trait shared by thousands of Australians: “I don’t agree at all.”
- Brooke Laven from the US recently moved to Sydney
- The American noticed a shocking trait shared by most Australians
An American expat has shared the one thing she’s noticed since moving to Australia that she doesn’t agree with.
Brooke Laven has noticed a habit shared by most non-Sydney Australians, which is that they love to ‘rip’ the port city.
The American revealed that people she met on her trips to Melbourne and Brisbane claim to ‘hate’ Sydney and she will begin listing various reasons why.
But Sydneysiders “have nothing bad to say” about other cities, in Brooke’s experience.
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Brooke Laven, from the US, has noticed a habit shared by most non-Sydney Australians, which is that they love to ‘boot off’ in the port city.
“I realized from this about Australians that if you don’t live in Sydney, you love to trash Sydney,” he said.
“If someone mentions Sydney, they’ll say they hate the city and list all these different reasons.
“But if you ask someone who lives in Sydney about other cities in Australia, they’ll tell you they’d love to visit, they have nothing bad to say.”
Brooke admitted to falling victim to the stereotype, revealing that moving to Sydney was not on her radar at first.
“Before I moved to Australia, I initially wanted to go to Melbourne and Brisbane and I thought Sydney was very basic. But now that I live here, I love it. I never want to leave.’
Many Sydneysiders were equally enamored with the city.
“Sydney is objectively the best city in Australia but no one wants to admit it,” wrote one man. ‘Yes, it is expensive, but there is a reason.’
‘Correct. We love visiting the other cities. We are very lucky to live here,” said another.
“I think everyone secretly wishes they lived in Sydney, but it’s too expensive so it’s easier to tear it apart,” said one woman.
But others were not so convinced.
‘Sydney looks good, but she doesn’t feel good. I don’t like the atmosphere,” said a Melbourne man.
A second said: ‘Sydney is a tourist destination. It is not a place to live. Objectively ruder, busier, longer rides, noisier.
“When I visited Sydney a few years ago, I walked all over the city and not one person took time out of the day to smile back at me,” said an elderly man. Give me Hobart any day.