Sydney, AUSTRALIA: Southern Hemisphere’s Finest City

ausFirst of all, I am sorry for not being able to write for quite a long time as I don’t have a proper internet connection at home yet. Lots of things happened in the past four months of my flying career and I can’t wait to share all of these and so you guys can catch up with me as well.

I did my Sydney flight on the 1st of August, 2016. It was my second Australian city to visit. I was totally amazed of how beautiful the city and how cosmopolitan it is. With the help of my good Chinese friends, they brought me to the city’s popular spots.

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I arrived in Sydney during the midnight. It was winter in the Southern Hemisphere that time and the weather in the city was not at its best.

It was cold and rainy but I am very determined to see the Sydney Opera House, as I only saw it through pictures. Our hotel is perfectly located in the city centre, which is very accessible to the train station, shops, restaurants, etc.

Between five to eight minute walk from the hotel to the train station was not bad. However, the heavy downpour made the walk pretty uncomfortable.

Sydney’s train was pretty good. The coaches were huge, clean and with adequate seating.

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We reached Circular Quay station, which is the closest station you can get off if you want to visit the Sydney Opera House. I was so delighted to see this beautiful thing and I could not actually believe that I am standing just couple of metres away from it!

Luckily, the rain stopped for a while as if the sky was letting us to enjoy the view without an umbrella and freely take some snaps, though it remained cloudy the whole day.

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My very good friend Ervis together with Ariel, my cabin crew friend who works for China Southern Airlines.


After a while, we decided to walk around the city despite the heavy downpour and the chilly temperatures. This Australian city is where the east meets west. Old European style buildings are all over Sydney along with the modern ones which gives the city a unique charm. The people are very cosmopolitan too as I have seen every races on the street.


Looking for Japanese food abroad? Sydney is the real bomb!

It has been four months that time since I left my country and been absolutely missing our foods back home. So I told my friend to bring me to a Japanese-style barbecue restaurant and I owe them big time for that.

As we entered this yakiniku restaurant, it actually felt like home. All of the staffs were from Japan and they happily greeted us with “irasshaimase” or meaning, “welcome!”

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Oolong Tea and Calpis Water

I’m so happy to see ‘Calpis Water‘ on the menu, my most favourite drink of all time back home! I actually had three glasses and still wasn’t enough to satisfy my cravings.

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Every single staffs were Japanese and I actually missed speaking in Japanese as I don’t use it very often since I came here to Dubai. Once again, I am so thankful that my friends brought me here because it helped me to somehow reduce my homesickness.


Sydney is an amazing vibrant city. I would place it second on my “Best Cities on Earth” list. It is safe, the air is clean, the Australian people are so friendly, but it is a little bit too pricey. I am looking forward to another Sydney flight again! Have a great day, everyone. Ciao!


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About Ryu Namiki | 並木竜一郎

A 28-year old flight attendant all the way from Japan and now living in the United Arab Emirates. Flying for two years for one of the world's best airlines and is still enjoying a "chicken or beef" and "prepare all doors and cross-check" kind of life!
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