Once again, my life never ceases to amaze me.
The last 4 days were straight out of a Disney film and I might have imagined it all. It was that perfect. Lauren and I traveled to Sydney. As soon as we got to the airport I started to panic a little bit. The flight attendant asked us if we wanted some extra legroom. YES TOTES OKAY! She failed to mention that extra legroom meant being in charge of saving everyone’s lives if the plane crashes. The plane didn’t crash THANK GOD… because I zoned out for the speech and I couldn’t remember which way the handle turned.
We arrived in Sydney at around 8 pm on Thursday. Our cab driver dropped us off on the side of the road claiming that our hostel was right there. He lied. It’s fine though, we are strong independent women and we totally found it…30 minutes later. Our hostel was perfect. HOME SWEET HOME.
Sydney is awesome. It’s clean, beautiful, and modern…Put it on your list of places to see. Our first night we ate greasy Chinese food and gelato and then went to sleep. The next day is when the real adventure began.
Sometimes in life, you come across people that were placed in your life for a reason. These are the kind of people that you meet and you feel as if you have known them for years. Josh and Tom are those kind of people. Both from England (don’t ask me to describe where, I’m still learning) they’re both students at UWS (western Sydney) and they both will forever have a special place in my heart. Josh doesn’t know how to say the letter “h” and Tom thinks Atlanta is a state but beyond that…they’re the kind of people that make your life a little brighter just by being around them. They don’t take life too seriously, they know how to laugh, and they know how to live in the moment and enjoy life as it comes.
We met up with them on Friday and they showed us all around Sydney. We saw the opera house (it’s really just a big building and I didn’t see Nemo ANYWHERE) and we walked through an art museum that considered a pile of peanuts to be artistic. Consider me an artist then. We ate, we saw street performers, we went down slides on burlap sacks…just a whimsical day.
The next day Lauren and I headed to the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE to see a play. We showed up overdressed and confused because as it turns out …there’s about 10 different rooms where plays are shown. We found it. We watched. We laughed. We ate brownies for lunch. It was delightful. Except for the brownies- who likes dry brownies? Apparently Australians do. It was one of those moments where you’re sitting there looking at your life wondering how you got to be where you are in that moment. There I was, sitting in the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, casually watching a play. Unreal.
By this time it was pretty clear that 3 days in Sydney just wasn’t going to be enough so we changed our flight from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning. YOLO. (google it) Later that day we headed to Parramatta (uh…western Sydney?) to see Josh and Tom and go to a BEER GARDEN! Guys, I had peach beer and it was amazing. Words can’t really describe how incredible this weekend was.
On Sunday, Lauren and I explored George Street which is the main street in downtown Sydney and it’s like….really long. I’m talking like blisters on the bottom of our feet long. We had a pizza night that night with Josh and Tom and then the next day Lauren and I traveled to Bondi Beach. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and like basically everything else I’ve seen here- pictures just don’t it justice. When it was finally time to leave, it was extremely bittersweet. I love the Gold Coast and I love going to Bond but I had such a wonderful time in Sydney I didn’t want it to end.
It’s as if I’ve been asleep for the past 3 years waiting for my life to start instead of making it happen. Now I am realizing that my life is happening RIGHT NOW and it isn’t waiting around for me. The world is wide open and there are so many possibilities. It doesn’t matter what people think you should do or what you have been told you should do- do what you WANT to do. If there’s one thing I realized this weekend it’s that the only things I regret in my life are things I didn’t allow myself to do. I was always finding a reason to not do something or saying that I’ll do it later on in life. No. Just do it now.
If you want to find love, fulfillment and happiness, you need to stop caring what people think and care about being true to yourself and doing exactly what you want to do. Otherwise, you will always feel like there’s something missing.
Things I Learned:
- You can’t have brown rice with your meal. THIS ISN’T AMERICA.
- There is no such thing as P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney ☹
- Tea is actually just hot water.
- No one likes peanut butter as much as I do
- It IS possible to have a big city and for it to be clean
- Literally no one in Australia likes the NFL. All right FINE. I get it. They wear padding.
- No matter how hard I try, I can’t blend in. People know that I’m American.
- “You must immerse yourself in an unfamiliar world, to truly understand your own.”
- They call band-aids “plasters” in the UK
- There are literally 19,000 thai massage places in Sydney.
- Flight attendants don’t think I’m funny.
- Some restaurants think that kleenex suffice as napkins. No.
- I don’t know how to say “no” to gelato.
- I’m addicted to chocolate.
- Sydney offers free transportation to the opera house! I know, right?
- It’s extremely difficult to walk in heels on cobblestone.
- The aboriginals drink Powerade.
- They don’t have county fairs in the UK. (champion alfalfa right here)
- Flies in Sydney think they can just hang out in my hair and on my face. They don’t take no for an answer.
- I’ve never been happier.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world; most people just exist. That is all.”