Sydney – Is it really a sad, angry city?

Sydney SkylineFrom the outside, it’s sparkling gem, situated on the warm South Pacific Ocean. But for those that are trying to get by in this popular tourist destination, the future of this city seems to have lost it’s sparkle.

In an article from Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Sydney is being painted as a dreary place – a city that is fractured and losing it’s sheen.

Sydney has changed. It is a sadder, meaner and angrier place to live. Sydney is a city under siege; from higher house prices, to mortgages, electricity prices, toll roads, congestion … you name it.

For those of us that live here, the ideas of how to change Sydney for the better are varied. But overall, the setiment is the same. The cost of living, a greedy government, and public transportation consistently rank at the top of residents demands. The general population feels the government needs to step in and actually fix the problems, rather than band-aid them until the wound is exposed again in a few years time. Have they finally done that with the Northwest growth sector?

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Ten things to love about Kaua’i, courtesy of Colbie Caillat

When visiting Kaua’i, there’s an endless list of activities and great qualities about this green gem in the middle of the Pacific. Thanks to Colbie Caillat, and her film clip “The Little Things” (filmed entirely on the island of Kaua’i), here are ten things you must see and/or do when you visit the Garden Isle.

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A day at sea on the James Craig

I tend to geek out on the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos, in an attempt to stay up to date on what’s new in the marketplace. Today however, I took a step back in time, and turned into a little boy on board the James Craig, a 3-masted, 19th Century barque from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. This was truly a spectacular day at sea – reaching around 8 knots at full sail in the waters just off of Sydney!

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Chicago, Illinois

Downtown Chicago at night

Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. It has been commonly known as the “Windy City, “Second City”, and the “City of Big Shoulders”. Chicago has also been called “the most American of big cities”.

For many international tourists, Chicago is often overlooked for more well-known cities like New York, or Los Angeles, but if you never give Chicago a second glance, you have no idea what you’re missing. Until now.

Chicago is a very welcoming city, as my brother and I discovered on a quick trip back in 2005.

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The city of San Diego

San Diego Skyline

San Diego has consistently rated as one of the best big cities to live in within the United States. It’s not hard to see why – from it’s beautiful beaches to the outdoor lifestyle which is supported by its year round temperate climate, San Diego is both a beautiful and welcoming city. I was fortunate enough to live there for most of my life.

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