James O'Brien recently mentioned when visiting Brisbane how the people there look a bit different to Sydney folk. I get that because when we arrived in Sydney I said to R that people in Sydney look a bit a bit different to people in Melbourne. I mentally made allowances for being in high tourist and gay area but I think the point is valid. Given how many people swap between the two cities, it is extra odd.
Melbourne's basic inner city transport is trams. They run on tracks and it is not hard to work out where they go. By the end of our Sydney visit I will know a lot more about Sydney buses than I did, but not nearly enough. The routes are complex. The phone apps to help you aren't too bad but difficult to use at times because of the complexity of the system. I know where every tram and bus goes that passes through Melbourne. I could never know that about Sydney and I doubt anyone could? The bus drivers are ever so polite, patient and helpful, unlike Melbourne tram drivers who will answer questions, but generally it is clear you are a bother. Having said that, the buses are slow. Dwell time is a phrase used by public transport boffins. Dwell time for Sydney buses is extreme, that is how long a bus is stationary at a stop to load and unload passengers. I will elaborate further in the future.
Restaurant, pub and cafe meals in Sydney are considerably cheaper in Sydney than Melbourne and dare I say it, better or at least equal. I was very impressed and the service was fine too. There was a time when coffee was awful in Sydney, vastly inferior to Melbourne coffee but during our holiday we had not one bad cup of coffee when out. The price is higher though, with the standard being $4, whereas Melbourne probably $3.80 or less.
So why do Sydney people look or seem different? After having said so many positive things about Sydney allow me a slight negative. There is no doubt in my mind that generally Melbourne people are more stylish. A further remark, Adelaide is much more like Melbourne than Sydney. Don't we always hunger for people like us? Adelaide feels a bit more like us. Yet I would suggest Sydney people are more friendly and more likely to strike up a conversation. They seem less hung up and more relaxed.
This was meant to be sent before we left Sydney but oh, writing on a tablet is slow.
A final commendation. To everyone who sweeps the streets of greater inner Sydney, I thank you. You do a great job of keeping the city looking clean.