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The other night I went out in Civic with a good friend of mine who’s a local, which means she pretty much knows every single person who lives here, including Malcolm and his son.
Here are some of the things I’ve noticed that happen when you hang out with a local in Canberra.
Every local Canberran knows at least one club/bar owner or bartender somewhere in the city who will give you cheap (or if you’re lucky, free) drinks. Always make sure you have a local in your group when you head out here – you will save a lot of money.
You can’t walk between two nightclubs without them stopping to say hi to someone
I once walked from Hopscotch to Shorty’s with my friend and we literally stopped five times because she saw that many people she had to stop and chat to.
In a small city like Canberra there is no avoiding your ex. This is especially frustrating if they live in the same area as you. For example, if you both live in Crace, you know you’re going to see them at the District or Supabarn at least once a fortnight. Unfortunately, this means you get to stay well-informed on their current dating status. #awkward.
They actually know the Prime Minister
Well, not technically, but every Canberran knows someone who knows the Prime Minister. Surely at least one of their uncles work in the public service. So what does that make it…two degrees of separation?
You’ll both be on the dance floor only to realise it’s their cousin
If you’re a local, there’s a good chance that you also have a lot of relatives here. It’s therefore very likely that you’ll go out one night trying to pick up a hottie and end up getting caught red-handed by your cousin in the same club!
Seeing their old school PE teacher out
This then becomes really awkward because you’re looking at them thinking they’re really attractive and your friend is still referring to them as ‘Mr. Jones’.
They take you through the back streets
Normally these don’t turn out to actually save you time, but they take you the nifty way anyway, just because they can. #insidersecrets
They’ve got cheap Tuesday sussed out to a tee
In fact, they’ve even got cheap Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday sussed out too. If you tell them you’re going to the Raiders Club on a Monday for dinner, they’ll tell you you’re better off going to Sky Zone for half price trampolining that night and saving Raiders for Wednesday schnitty night.
Feature image by Martin Ollman