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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 outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hey Farley..

I cant speak for Sydney because i havent been there yet.. but i can speak for London.

I live in Birmingham, about 2 hours drive from the capital.

It really depends on what your into.. can you adapt well to the weather? Id imagine that Sydney has alot of nice warm weather most of the time.. however.. in London, it really depends on what time of the year your coming, and sometimes that dont really matter as the weather here in the UK is reknowned for changing like that! *clicks fingers!*

London is a diverse city full of things to see and do.. Towers of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, The London Eye..
If your into your rock n roll then definitely come to london. The music scene there is thriving and has been ever since a band called "The Libertines" broke out.. (you might of heard of Pete Doherty?)
Camden market is also very cool.. full of thrift stores and food markets.. i mean jam packed. The first time i went there i was in awe of it all.

Im trying not to sound to biased, however.. London doesnt really appeal to me that much to be honest, but that might just be because ive been there, done that..

Good luck with your decision anyway matey!

3. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

Sydney Sydney Sydney without a doubt, relaxed culture great people and beaches.

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

summer in usa is winter in sydney and it can get quite chilly....i was there last year in june and ppl were wrapped up in jumpers and coats and stuff...especially in the evening/night. having siad that i would still prob opt for sydney, i lived there for 6months and its a cool city! :)

5. Posted by nevonf (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

i would probably do Sydney. It has beaches a laid back atmoshere and a much better exchange rate.

6. Posted by squash6462 (Inactive 23 posts) 10y

this is a tough one ... I'd have to say London. I lived there for 6 months and it was the best time of my life. Although I've never been to Sydney, I now live in Australia and love it here. However, I feel like London is such a melting pot - it's a really easy place to make friends and there is something always going on. Plus, there's a huge subculture of travellers and, at least for me, it really opened my eyes to a lot of the other opportunities out there.

That's just my two cents. Good luck making your decision.

Jennifer

7. Posted by noodlebrad (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hey,
Im an Australian who's currently living in London, and while im from Perth, ive been to Sydney many a time. Basically, Sydney is a slightly smaller version of London. The major difference is the weather. London weather is miserable and really cold. You'll be lucky to get a month of hot weather a year. Sydney can get cold but it doesnt get as cold as London. It all boils down to when you go. There on the opposite sides of the earth, so when its hot in London, it'll be cold in Sydney, and vice versa.
Sydney is a much nicer looking place, and the people tend to be a bit more friendly then London. There's also Bondi Beach to go to, where as in London, a beach is no where in sight, but its all irrelevant if you go there in Winter. You could also find a cheap flight to Melbourne for the weekend, which is similar to Sydney but a lot more to do.
London on the other hand is a really cool place to stay. There's a heap of things to do and see, which would easily keep you occupied for the 8 weeks you are here.
If id have to choose id probably do Sydney, but thats probably bias seeing as how ive been in London for 2 years now and im about to go insane with this sh*tty cold weather.

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Depends what you want really.

London is a big multicultural melting pot. It is exciting and edgy, there are always things to do and there's loads to see and keep you occupied. You could make loads of money there, but you could spend it doubly quickly if you want an active social life.

Sydney is more fun and laid back, but a little 'small town' in comparison. People are definitely (generally) friendlier in Sydney. You can't surf in London.

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

Unfortunately, if I went, I'd be going from early June to early August, so I guess that's dead in the middle of winter there, huh? Is it safe to say that Sydney pretty much shuts down in the winter then?

10. Posted by brittchic8 (Full Member 33 posts) 10y

Tough one, I live in London and have just got back from travelling in Australia and I spent alot of time in Sydney.
Depending what you're after
Sunshine- Id say Sydney, it has good bars, lots of travellers though so i doubt you'll get to meet many australians. Mostly Irish to be honest.
London- Has heaps of history, character, different types of people in the differnt suburbs, the markets are great. There are just more walks of lifes over here in not so sunny London.
Guess Id say London as it would keep you entertained longer as once you've seen the Opera House and the harbour bridge there isnt that much more worth seeing.