Sydney Observations


  • 7.5 kilometers is really not that far…unless you’re walking.
  • Driving on the “wrong side of the road” is really not as weird as it seemed at first
  • It becomes daylight around 5:00 a.m and doesn’t get dark until around 9:00 p.m. in December (I lkie that one).
  • A “Rocket Salad” means it has arugula
  • Travel books should tell you how to order coffee here.  I’ve been looking for a “Tall White” for some time now.  I didn’t realize it was going to come in the form of a cuppa coffee.
  • Service people are obviously required to pierce their facial sensory organs. (Ears, noses, lips, tongues, eyebrows, etc.).
  • The goverment must be financed on a cigarette tax.  They are $18.00 per pack and everyone is smoking.
  • The bus is a viable means of transportation even for the middle class.
  • The Aussies are a friendly lot, a little rough around the edges, but certainly friendly.
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10 thoughts on “Sydney Observations

  1. ■The Aussies are a friendly lot, a little rough around the edges, but certainly friendly
    Sounds like Eastern Ky 🙂
    Aren’t You glad You quiet smoking? Just think of all the money your saving.

    Love ya.

  2. Enjoying your observations, moved into apt yet or still at hotel? There is a neat “farmer’s market they have, if you are looking at the S Oprea House it is on the far left of the city, down before you get to SOH there is a fort and a neat jewerly shopping district, pick up an opal and sell here.

  3. Randy,
    I was exposed to all of these different terms for coffee when one of my partners had a project in Australia. We back here CERTAINLY don’t want you to be ill-prepared when you venture into a coffee shop. 🙂

    Here you go:
    1. In many English-speaking countries, “white coffee” is used to refer to regular black coffee that has had milk, cream or some other “whitener” added to it, though the term is almost entirely unheard of in the US, where the same beverage might be called “coffee light” [regional–New York City area] or “light coffee” or simply “coffee with milk.” Cream varieties (often called “creamers” in the U.S.), can be made of dairy milk, corn syrup derivatives, soy, or nut products. Sweeteners used include cane sugar or artificial ingredients.

    White coffee should be distinguished from café au lait, in that white coffee uses room temperature milk or other whitener, while café au lait uses heated or steamed milk.

    2. “Flat White” is one part espresso with two parts steamed milk, but no foam, usually served in a cappuccino cup. This is a specialty of Australia and New Zealand, particularly favored in the latter. The difference between a flat white and a latte is that a flat white is usually stronger, served in a smaller cup, and has no foam. A flat white is prepared by pouring the creamy steamed milk from the bottom of the jug over a single shot (30ml) of espresso.

    The drink is an Australian coffee sometimes served in a small 150-160ml ceramic cup. The stretched and texturised milk is prepared by entraining air into the milk and folding the top layer into the lower layers. To achieve the “flat”, non-frothy texture the steamed milk is poured from the bottom of the jug, holding back the lighter froth on the top in order to access milk with smaller bubbles, making the drink smooth and velvety in texture. This leads to a white coffee with the crema on top still intact. A New Zealand style of coffee, where it is also extremely popular.

    3. A “long black” is a style of coffee, most commonly found in New Zealand and Australia, but now becoming available in the UK, predominantly in London. It is made by pulling a double-shot of espresso over hot water (usually the water is also heated by the espresso machine). A long black is similar to an Americano, which is made by adding hot water to espresso shots, but it retains the crema and is less voluminous, therefore more strongly flavoured.

    The order in which a long black is made (water first, espresso second) is important; reversing the steps will destroy the crema from the espresso shots.

    4. “Short black” is an Australasian synonym for the basic espresso.

  4. Hey, you. Glad you made the long plane ride and finally found your apt. I am freezing my butt off in Florida – seriously – it’s cold here. I will ensure your POD is secured on Saturday when I am back. Without access to Skype, I can’t really chat with you. Miss you already, though….. 😉

  5. Some of my fav Aussie slang:
    dacks = pants
    underdacks = underwear
    Captain Cook = to check out or look
    cock up = something that’s gone very wrong
    strewth = wow , or my favorite derivative “strewth ruth !”

  6. This is soooo funny to read. Especially since we went through the same thing in our two years there. Gosh, you are bringing back some amazing memories. If you feel like you need to do a GP demo while there, just let me know and I could hook you up with a partner :). Safe travels

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