It's a heady mixture of heat, petrol fumes and Asian cuisine. On this east side of Australia particularly you can sense a gradual divorce from Britain, the parent country, the founder, and a shift towards South East Asia. I used to call it the Far East and I realise that geographically Australia is part of it. It's obvious in Brisbane and in Sydney. It shows in the population, the food and the trade links. Poor old Britain! We do seem to be marginalised here nowadays, although it has to be said that there is still enthusiasm for our Royals and the repulican movement in Australia has not yet got a convincing head of steam.
Sydney is simply enormous and is at present eleven hours ahead of the UK. Apart from the obvious attractions such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, there are countless bays opening into the Tasman Sea, all alive with yachts and speed boats, driven apparently by kamikaze pilots. There are millions of places to spend your money and five kilometres to the east of the city centre is Bondi Beach. Need I say more?
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