Many Sydney residents tend to complain (sometimes, or even all the time) as to how crowded and fast paced Sydney is. Especially in the city, there are times where many of us can feel a little overwhelmed with the number of people living in our fabulous city. The latter is true in peak hour. Life comes and goes very quickly in Sydney, and there is always so much to do. Do you think Sydney is a fast paced city to live in?
In comparison to other Australian cities, I would say yes, especially if you are talking about Sydney CBD, Manly and Bondi. However, there are plenty of beautiful and peaceful suburbs which have a relaxed atmosphere.
If you compare Sydney to some overseas cities, such as New York, Chicago or London, our city is much slower. I have been to New York several times and each time only stayed for 5-7 days ... beyond that, I felt overwhelmed and rushed.
Most definitely. Even living in London, and the despite the population in the latter city. Not that I feel tired or run down at the end of each day, yet it always feels like there is so much to do in Sydney. It sometimes takes a bit of time to get from one suburb to another, despite some suburbs being close to each other. Peak hour in the city is mad. Too insane.
Sydney can be fast paced, but it can always depend on what you do and how much you decide to join in with everything. People work as long or longer hours than anywhere else in the world, but with the new lockout taking effect bars and clubs can't even open as late as what they used to. There is always plenty to do until around 10pm or just before midnight on weekends, but in some areas just getting a late dinner if you do have those awful working hours can be difficult. Going to crowded places at off-peak times always makes for a less stressful experience. Just choosing to walk or ride your bike can help avoid some traffic congestion issues too.