The north vs south rivalry is an age-old adage in Canberra. Not being a born and bred Canberran I was first introduced to it when I was 18 and house hunting with a friend, “No no, we don’t look at THAT side of the paper”. Also spending my college years south side means I know barely anyone north side and when I do head that way I clutch my GPS like I would a vodka.
Well now it turns out I’ve lived on the south side of Canberra for over 10 years and the thought of living in the north sounds just as scary as ‘North of the wall’..
I’m also a Game of Thrones fan… Any-hoo…
I didn’t know this rivalry was also a dating thing. Sure enough it’s probably just the off chance I’ve come across TWO people like this, and after a quick check with the other single friends they’ve also experienced the same.
This was on Tinder so let’s just ignore all the ‘well what do you expect’ comments and move onto the hilarity that was these two situations.
In both it turns out we were incompatible because they were north and I was south. After the initial chat stages it moved onto the ‘so where in Canberra do you live?’. Once discovered I was south side they dropped a line like ‘oh south side? That’s too far, sorry’. I realized the incompatibility had nothing to do with location.
The only thing I know about the north side is they have a lake (like the south do), they have a shopping center (like the south do) and they have just as many bogans (shock me! Like the south do!!).
So is this a thing now? Seriously. I get that from Calwell to Charnwood it can be a bit of a drive, but enough of a drive you’d rather limit your ‘pool’ of potential dates to HALF of Canberra?
What about the Queanbeyan people? Yes they love their ‘Country Living’ but they are people too, they deserve love! Or because they’re a completely different state are they off limits to us Canberrans?
Yes, yes I know not ALL men are like this, but the proof is in the pudding that some certainly are!
So what about venues? If we look at north vs south, which have the best dating spots?
My money is of course on south, with one of my favourite venues to meet people being Rum Bar. From what venues I have been north of the wall, my pick would be Sub-Urban.. it’s close enough to the city to not really count as north!