NicetiesEric | September 2nd, 2005 | 4:42 am
Before moving to Australia we read a lot a books and guides to become more familiar with the place we would soon call home. One of the prevailing themes throughout all of these publications was that Australians are the nicest people on earth. And the few Australians that I new in the States confirmed that conclusion.
So I was surprised to find that doesn’t present itself in the everyday interaction with the people you meet on the street and shops (but mostly on the street) here in Sydney. It’s basically like every other major city I’ve ever been in. People actively avoid making eye contact here and there are no polite “G’day mate’s” as you amble down the boulevard. If you say hi to someone they will actually look at you like you smell like cat pee.
This is only surprising in the frame of being in Australia. It’s exactly what I would expect anywhere else. Don’t know if it is just a Sydney thing, but it always surprises me somewhat when it happens.
Now, when you are actually introduced to someone, they are extremely nice and gracious. Just an “on the street” dynamic it seems.