In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “We Built This City.”

Sydney is a safe country, I would say relatively to anywhere in the world, and especially compared to my home. That is the biggest aspect most South Africans would agree on when arriving in Australia. It feels so safe! No looking over your shoulder at all times, and fearing for your life, because today might be the day you might be carjacked and raped and murdered (no joke).

There are no hawkers on the street. It took a while to get used to not seeing hawkers selling their wares at every intersection.

There are many beautiful advantages living in Sydney. There are plenty of parks. We can walk to about four or five different parks from where we live. In Johannesburg there were NO parks nearby to where we lived. There were only restaurants that may have a kids play area. But then you would have to eat something.

And it was and still is a big novelty to park my car on the street to catch the city bus. My car was stolen on a suburban Johannesburg street in 2000. I had left it to visit someone for an hour. In that time my car was gone. Now I leave it for the whole day on a suburban street and it is still there when I return.

We are able to walk to our children’s school. It is about a seven minute walk. I love being able to walk to the school. Except this year my son has started to leave earlier and walk by himself. It saddens me when I think of my children slipping out my fingers. My son’s goal is to be taller than his mother. He measures himself against me every day, hoping that this might be the day he might be taller than me. He reaches to about my eyes now. No, my boy, you still have a while to grow!

If I had to change anything about Sydney I would change house prices. Property in Sydney is exorbitantly high.

And I would add more public transport. Standing on a bus to the city and back is never any fun. But great that there is a bus to catch.

Sydney is a great place to live. I feel safe, and very privileged that my family and I can live here.

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12 thoughts on “Sydney

  1. Thank you for sharing a piece of your daily life. One thing I enjoy about blogging is discovering how different and similar others’ daily routines are, even thousands of miles away. Your son sounds delightful and I wish you more happy days at the local parks.

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  2. Thank-you for sharing a little piece of yourself and your life in Sydney! I have all sons and they all now stand taller than me – with great pride 🙂 Funny how that is seen to be such an accomplishment by our sons but I guess they see it as a rite of passage bringing them closer to adulthood. I’m glad it doesn’t actually change how we still view them as our “boys” 🙂

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  3. Sounds like you’re happy and your son is going to pass you up soon. My husband is from west Africa, so I’ve heard plenty of dangerous stories and feel safe, free and blessed in the US with steady electricity, lol.

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    1. Steady electricity is a good thing, my family and friends have been scheduled power outages in South Africa for months now, no electricity for a couple of hours every second day! We have no family here, that is the drawback and it is so expensive to go back.


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