Here is what jumps out to a couple of Americans visiting Sydney.
- Unlike in the US, the “El Camino” car format remains alive and well here. I (TP) consider that a good thing, JMP is unconvinced.
- We know that Mod Oz cuisine is great and all (our dinner at est. in 2006 was a top-3 dinner for us, probably rivaled only by Pacific’s Edge and the Kitchen), but we are traveling with a toddler so we can’t eat at a proper good restaurant. For our purposes, a pie with mash, peas, and gravy is the perfect food. Not that EP will eat it, but it’s at least portable.
- If we had a beachfront house in Manly or Watsons Bay we would never ever leave it.
- We do not know how to order a regular coffee. We know how to order something close to it (a “long black,” which is a double espresso with hot water, close to what we call an Americano in the US) but it’s unclear if drip coffee even exists here. (If you ask for a coffee you they will say “you want a latte?”)
- We know that rugby union is considered to be the superior sport by true fans, but I just think that rugby league is infinitely superior from the perspective of the spectator.
- It is amazing to think that as new as everything in the East Coast of the US is, everything in Sydney is at least 50 years younger.
The Surf at Watsons Bay