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1. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

This summer, I've got the opportunity to do an eight week internship abroad, likely in London or Sydney (although it may be possible to get one in Florence or Paris, as well). I'm trying to decide the pros and cons of both cities and any help from anyone in the know would be appreciated. Thanks!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

hey there, Aaron!
remember - its winter in Sydney in our summer ;)

ide choose Paris!

3. Posted by Chix (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Having already been to both ;) I'd chose Paris because I want to brush up on my French. I'd chose Sydney over London though.

4. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Is the winter really that bad in Sydney though? I really don't know hardly anything about Australia thus far, so I'll have to do some research before deciding. The only problem with Paris is the language barrier may be a problem if I'm interning somewhere...I'm going to have to check on the agency that will be assisting me in my placement to be sure. Thanks, guys!

5. Posted by heff (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

G'day

I'm from sydney and in winter i sleep with the fan on, it gets to about 5 celcius at night minimum and in the day its like 15 celcius. dunno what that is in farenheit. put it this way if i go out at night in winter i wear a t shirt. Haven't been to london but you'l love sydney.

heff

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

Hello Aaron - On Sydney, I did a quick calculation on heff's temp. 5-15 celsius is 40-60 Farenheit.
I guess the weather is an issue but it won't be cold every day, it won't be bitterly cold that you can't go out & it won't snow.
8 weeks is a good time to spend in a location, especially if you will also be working as you would mix with the locals.
If it suits, you can take off on the weekends or days off to Queensland where it would be warmer.
If language is an issue, maybe Paris & Florence are not practical for a short stay!!
I have never been to London but I believe it is more expensive there? Having said that I am keen to get to the UK. Also, London is closer & you could 'pop over' any other time.
So I'm with Sydney for this excursion.

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

ah choose London - u can travel all of europe from there

8. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Never been to Sydney and several times to London. I would choose Sydney because I never been there but for you from the USA and never been to both city's it would be both interesting. Have you ever been to Europe ?? If you stay for 8 weeks in London there are a lot of interesting places to go and to see and if you want you will be able to go on a weekend to other european cities like Amsterdam or Paris. Please remember allmost every european can speak english so don't worry about any language problems. Allthough I don't know how expensive Sydney is I can tell you London is not a cheap city. To make your choise you need to make clear on what you want to do in your 8 weeks and how much money you can spend.

kind regards,

Bjorn

9. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Yeah, I went ahead and did that calculation as well. 40-60 in the winter isn't too bad, I'm hot natured anyway. But yes, I have been to London and loved it. The thing is, I still plan on going back to Europe for a month or two after I graduate college in May of '07, so that inclines me to lean towards Sydney as does the fact that London is so expensive. I think London is probably the better city and has better sights in and around it, though. Still plenty of number crunching to do before I decide...the flight to either place is not a cheap one!

10. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 10y

Quoting farleyUL

Yeah, I went ahead and did that calculation as well. 40-60 in the winter isn't too bad, I'm hot natured anyway. But yes, I have been to London and loved it. The thing is, I still plan on going back to Europe for a month or two after I graduate college in May of '07, so that inclines me to lean towards Sydney as does the fact that London is so expensive. I think London is probably the better city and has better sights in and around it, though. Still plenty of number crunching to do before I decide...the flight to either place is not a cheap one!

the flight aint cheap to either, but its gonna be longer to sydney! i flew from LA to Sydney in 2004 and it took a whole day, New York to London is only 8 hours. course...depend on where in USA u r!