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State of Origin

Don't be fooled by his grin. He's not jolly, and he will death roll you.

Don’t be fooled by his grin. He’s not jolly, and he will death roll you.

State of Origin

It’s no secret that I’ve wanted to move to Sydney for a long time. Moving to Brisbane when I was four years old and had no choice in the matter has long been the thorn in my side. Now that I’m here, it’s tempting to put on the rose-coloured glasses for Queensland. So I decided to let Brisbane and Sydney duke it out via blog post.

Pro Queensland:

*At work the other day, I bumped into a fellow Queenslander. He immediately whipped out his iPad to show me a croc eating a wild pig on his family’s property. I was the only one in the room that said “Awwww!”

Pro Sydney: 

*They don’t have crocs. This makes camping far more relaxed. They did have Ivan Milat, though. So then again, maybe not.

Pro Queensland:

*Beaches! As far as the eye can see! With warm, tropical waters.  After a leisurely minimum-1 hour drive, paradise awaits. It’s also heaps of fun wondering whether the irukandji have migrated a little further south each year.

Pro Sydney:

I live at the beach. Driving to a beach is lame. And I attempt to swim in the icy, dip-one-toe-in-and-it-might-shrivel-up-and-fall-off waters. Once you go numb, it’s really quite enjoyable.

Pro Queensland:

*People are friendly. They say hello, just because you’re standing there. I imagine it’s a hangover from the olden days, where it was exciting to leave the farm and see someone other than your cow to talk to.

Pro Sydney:

*Noone speaks to you. It’s a blissful, silent vacuum. Like London, but with better looking people, slightly shorter queues and a lower threat of terrorism.

Pro Queensland:

*Rent is about 0.1% cheaper (unless you live in the ‘burbs which as you would know from my previous posts is not an option). However this means cafes and restaurants can charge a ridiculous amount for coffee ($4.20 for the good stuff) or a steak ($30 and counting).

Pro Sydney:

*Rent is insanely expensive, which means a great coffee will only cost you $3.80 and a steak $25. Maths (or common sense) not being my strong suit, I’m not sure how this compares on an annual basis taking into account the cost of living index and whatnot, but suffice to say, I’m really enjoying cheaper coffee. Rent is just a “lifestyle” cost. In other words, it doesn’t count. Coffee counts.

Pro Queensland:

Wally Lewis!

Pro Sydney:

Benny Elias! That crazy little scrapper had a heart three times as big as his height.

In summary, I can’t decide who wins because I love them both. Except that Sydney has the harbour, the bridge, the opera house, career opportunity and people that don’t think Clive Palmer is a reasonable option for Prime Minister. So, in summary, Sydney wins. By a lot.

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