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How to Enjoy Your Time Studying in Sydney

Oct 5, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by Minh Ta

In this vlog, Sydney blogger Minh shares his tips for how to make the most out of your time living in a multicultural city center. From how to spend your downtime, to which unique neighborhoods you should make sure to check out, see how you can explore the world without leaving Sydney. 

Picture of Sydney Clocktower at Night

As I promised in my last blog, I have been visiting some nice spots around Sydney in the last week to show you how beautiful and fun it is. For any of you who missed my previous blog, please check out what Sydney has offered me during the first week here. Let’s dive into the must-go attractions during the week around Sydney.

Bondi Beach

Beautiful view from a cliff overlooking Bondi Beach in Sydney

 

A few friends and I went to Bondi Beach on a 40 minutes bus ride last Saturday. The weather was fairly nice that day as it was sunny and warmer than the rest of the week. We rode for several stops before arriving at the beach at noon. We hiked along the coast for about an hour. The scenery is perfect if you are looking for a calm moment after an exhausting week of work. Unfortunately, the beach is still freezing at this time of the year (it’s currently early spring in this hemisphere) so we could not dive into the water, but we definitely will a few weeks from now. There are a lot of people sunbathing and hiking, definitely will be a lot of people swimming as well. It is worth an afternoon to visit Bondi Beach when you need a relaxed moment in your life.

Sydney’s Multicultural Suburbs

*Warning* this section might be outside of your comfort zone. Please be prepared to learn A LOT about diversity that you won’t want to stop traveling! You have been warned.

Picture of the Italian Forum in Sydney's Little Italy Neighborhood

Sydney is a wonderful city not only for its beautiful downtown which is filled with harbors, local stores, and attractions but also for its multicultural nature. In the last post, I have already mentioned Leichardth’s Little Italy and Cabramatta’s Little Vietnam. I figured out last week in my multicultural communication class that there are many other multicultural suburbs around Sydney. 

Inside of a train on Sydney's public transit

Here is the list of these areas and how to find them. I will use BreakFree on George, where all of us are staying, as the starting point:

Chinatown

Haymarket, 5 minutes walk

Little Italy

Leichhardt, 25 minutes bus

Indian Community

Scattered around Sydney

Little Vietnam

Cabramatta, 1 hour train

Koreatown

Campise, 30 minutes train

Little Turkey

Cleveland Street and Crown Street, 15 minutes walk

Lebanese Community

Canterbury, 35 minutes train

Little Spain

Liverpool Street, 20 minutes bus

Little Portugal

Inner West, Petersham, 30 minutes train

Indonesia and Malaysia

Kingsford, 30 minutes bus

Napalese and Tibetan

Glebe Point Road, Glebe, and King Street, Newtown, around 20 minutes bus

Thai

Kings Cross and Newtown, 20 minutes train or bus

Honorable Mention: Local Coffee Shops

Photo of a cup of a latte on a desk

If you were to ask me to list out the perks of living in Sydney, I would instantly answer: “good coffee”. Coming to Sydney, I see a lot of Starbucks stores just as anywhere in the world I have been to. They are very much the same superficially, but there is one crucial difference: Sydneysiders hate Starbucks. Apparently, Starbucks stores are built for visitors who are spending their vacation in Sydney. Sydneysiders would prefer to have their hot cappuccino at local coffee shops around town. Most coffee shops I have been to are lovely in many terms. The atmosphere is wonderful, the baristas are friendly and willingly to spark casual conversations, and the coffee itself is tasty. Simply there is no reason for me to visit Starbucks ever.

That it is for this week’s blog guys and I hope you enjoy this blog. If you have any questions about my adventure here in Sydney please feel free to drop me a line. I will make sure to include that in my future blogs. Thanks for reading!

Thanks, Minh!

Minh Ta

 

Minh Ta is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2019, sharing his story in frequent posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Applied Math major at Augustana College, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Minh's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture