One Month In SYD
It's officially been a month since I arrived Down Unda, I wish I could slow time down! If you follow me on any form of social media, I'm sure you can tell I absolutely LOVE it here. I'll try to update as often as possible, but here's some bits from my first month:
Falling in Love with Sydney
I came with an open mind to avoid any disappointment, but seriously Sydney is AMAZING. The things I love most are the people, the food, the weather, the nightlife, the neighborhoods....ok basically everything. I could never get tired of sitting in the harbor and staring at the Opera House and bridge all day long, or exploring the cafes in Surry Hills, or wandering through the weekend farmers markets; there's always something to do and I feel like I've just barely scratched the surface on everything Sydney has to offer.
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
This has become my motto. I'm learning that even though I love Sydney, there's so many little frustrations and annoyances that come with moving to an unfamiliar city, let alone a whole different country. I run into issues like not being able to find a product (I'm never taking canned pumpkin for granted again), unreliable GPS, constant wind, paying foreign transaction fees, etc. And while these things are frustrating at the time and make me miss how easy it is at home, once I figure them out, I realize it's never that big of a deal. Being uncomfortable is a good thing, it's all part of the experience.
Dating Myself + Making Friends
I spend a lot of time alone; I take myself to nice dinners, on sunset walks and go sightseeing, it's like dating myself haha. I think being comfortable alone is so valuable, you learn a lot more about yourself and how to be confident on your own. With that being said, there's only so much alone time you can have before getting bored not having anyone to talk to (especially with your friends and family in a whole different time zone...I guess I won't wake you all up at 3am to tell you about my amazing dinner). So after my first few days of being alone, I decided it was time to make some friends.
I honestly can't give enough praise to meetup.com (swear they aren't paying me to say this). I'd heard of social meetups before but I never pictured myself doing it; meeting up with strangers you found online sounds like an awful idea and they're probably socially awkward anyways, right? Wrong. It's the best! Meetups has heaps (check me out using Aussie language) of different social groups depending on your interests-- from making girl friends, going on pub crawls, or outdoor activities, there's seriously a meetup for everything. And the best part is, everyone is there for the same reason-- to make friends. Yeah it's a little intimidating at first to show up alone to an unfamiliar place and start talking to strangers, but you're all in the same boat!
I've done a few meetups now and I have met the BEST people from all over the world, some that I now consider close friends. There's so many great people out there, you just have to be open to meeting them.
Finding A Place to Live
This was actually more difficult than I thought! There are plenty of options online, but with summer approaching it seems everyone and their mother is searching for a place. After responding to probably 50 posts, viewing around 10 apartments (including some seriously weird rooms), and booking another Airbnb because I still hadn't found a place, I found EXACTLY what I wanted. I'm now in a bright, airy apartment on the top floor of a building in North Bondi, a 15 minute walk to the beach and just down the street from amazing cafes.
>> Public transportation is the best. People complain about it here, but coming from practically nonexistent public transport, I think it's great! However, getting across town from Bondi on the bus is slooooow (and I have to take a bus to the closest train) so I've been Ubering. A lot. It's a habit I need to break before I'm broke, but for now I'll just keep pretending I'm on vacation. Also, ferries take the cake for the most relaxing mode of transportation, I wish I could take one everywhere.
>> Coffee coffee coffee. Australians take their coffee very seriously, and it's starting to rub off on me. You wouldn't be caught dead in a Starbucks here unless you're a tourist, and WHY would you when there's amazing coffee from a comfy cafe on every corner?! I order two flat whites a day, I'm obsessed and don't know how I'll ever return to normal coffee again *panicking already*
>> Kangaroos. No, they're not all over the city (but I did see them in Hunter Valley), and yes, they taste amazing! I felt a bit weird eating Kangaroo Jack, but I liked it so much I'll probably eat it again.