Born safely within the Gen Y cohort, Eddie is a Sydney-born ABC brought up by a loving family.
All in all, a happy-chappy University student keen to help others updated on the lovely city that Sydney truly is.
Published February 22nd 2013
What on earth do we get up to when we go out so often?
As the summer break draws to a close for all University students continuing their studies this year, many of us will find that it has gone by too quickly, flitting away in a series of short outings with friends and perhaps a small road trip. But there is also a lucky handful of students that are satisfied with what they achieved over summer break. Nonetheless, during my first year of Uni, I have found a lot of trends occurring amongst students. Here is what I found were the most reoccurring motifs, be it activities or food that happened before and during the summer holiday break.
1. Pool This popular game in bars, pubs and RSL's was I find a feature of roughly three quarters of the outings I had with friends. Frankly, I'm not sure if there is a certain stage in everyone's life where they suddenly get into pool or that this game is a trend that has taken Uni students by storm. Either way, it is a load of fun and is a nice way to get a night out started or ending. This is primarily because it is a relaxed environment where you can pretty much stand around talking whilst actively playing something at the same time. I must say I was quite unenthusiastic the first couple of times but have come to love it.
The place I recommend for first timers is City Heroes, a place that offers many standard pool tables at about $15 per hour. The reason why is that I find it is not too awkward for beginners, the ambiance is brilliant and nothing can beat it's convenient location, which is right below the iconic George Street Cinemas on (you guessed it) George Street. That, and it's spacious compared to a lot of places I've been to. But if you have been pool before then you probably have your own handful of good places to go at the city.
2. Eat Froyo Not exclusively for University students, anybody residing in Sydney would have noticed the new trend in froyo, or for those who do not know, frozen yogurt. Last year seemed to be the boom in it's popularity, and it seems it will continue to be a favorite for anybody looking for desserts for a long time. There are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of frozen yoghurt stores in Sydney. In Hurstville CBD alone 3 stores have opened up over the past 4-6 months. These include Noggi, Moochi, Yogurberry, Wowcow, Evia...the list goes on. What's funny is that everybody seems to have a strong opinion on which store is the best - one can staunchily say Noggi is healthy, and another that Moochi is more tastier. Either way, you are bound to see one of these stores around.
3. Watch Movies Although this isn't so much a temporal trend and more a timeless, it would do it much injustice not to mention the cinemas. Yes, the excitement for Les Mis managed to reach us University students. I actually knew someone as old as me that watched it 3 times and was planning to watch it a couple more. I must say though I was quite underwhelmed by Les Mis as I had read the book and watched the musical, for some reason the movie just didn't work for me. It wasn't the acting at all - every single one of the cast performed beautifully. I just can't quite put my finger on it. Skyfall was also a hit, not to mention a lot of others. Silver Linings' Playbook is also a movie that is getting a lot of hype early this year.
4. A trip to the Gold Coast Did anybody else notice the number of people in Sydney that went to the Gold Coast from early January to now? Did I miss out on some massive discount on domestic flights to the Gold Coast? Or some change in the price of accommodation there? I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve all the attention, I mean, just look at it (see below) but compared to last year there was just so much more. Often people just rented a holiday home with a group of friends, and I was left jealous looking at their beautiful photos of the scenery on Facebook. Melbourne was also a popular destination I find. Maybe we're all just old enough to rent our own holiday home with friends now...
Gold Coast - Convention and Exhibition Centre (Image by Gccec2012 / Wikipedia)
5. Gym Regardless of gender, everybody seems to be hitting the Gym. I'm not too sure if this enthusiasm has reached all ages though. I'm not complaining though, I can understand that it is satisfying to lost weight and a toned body. And how can you complain about people getting fit? Again, I'm not so sure if this is a Gen-Y thing or everybody has suddenly decided to go to the Gym. Do we have the 'Biggest Loser' to thank?