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Day 14: Anna's Farewell at Dr. Pong

Day 14: Anna's Farewell at Dr. Pong

I wouldn’t say there is a huge number of Americans in Sydney at any given time, at least not in comparison to the other nationalities that populate this part of the world. For some reason, though, I do seem to find and hang out with more than a few.

I’m not one to think that I must hang out with people when abroad just because they’re from the same home country. Another American in a hostel doesn’t mean instant connection and immediate best friends.

What I do think is that the Americans that come to Australia for extended amounts of time are pretty damn cool.

We had a leaving Sydney Travel Tribe event as a farewell for Anna (an Aussie) who is heading off to Cambodia for a few months. Four of the people in this photo are American!

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14 Responses to Day 14: Finding Americans in Sydney

  1. Rebecca January 15, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    So nuts how many are there now! While it was always a nice treat to hear the american accent when I was in Sydney, I hardly ever hung out with fellow countrymen. And oddly, when I would run into the odd soul, I would unfortunately latch on and always feel bad about it, mainly for the person I was talking too.

    I was overseas for a long time, but they weren’t and I hated myself for depriving them of chatting with a local! I always apologized when the conversation was over.

    The place I ran into the most Americans back in 2008? The Apple store on George Street! Two American guys helped me out with my ‘pod. I always thought that was kind of funny.

    • Brooke January 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      Not sure, but there have been more than this together at once at previous Travel Tribe meetups 🙂

  2. Anna January 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I love all my new American friends!

    It’s quite weird but up until about 3 years ago I had never met more than a handful of Americans and certainly didn’t know any very well. Working for Cali tourism and getting to meet so many at various Travel Tribe events has been really cool. Certainly has helped break down the stereotypes (a bit) 🙂

    Thanks for the great send-off my friend! that pic captures the mood perfectly.

    • Brooke January 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      It was a great night! I’m definitely going to put an ad up for a replacement Anna for when you’re gone! 🙂

  3. Caroline Eubanks January 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Yay then hopefully you will think I’m cool! haha
    I get there just in time for your next Travel Tribe event, so I hope I make it.

    And I definitely agree. I have just a good of chance of befriending Aussies (obviously) or Canadians before Americans while traveling.

    • Brooke January 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

      Definitely try to make it! See you soon 🙂

  4. Heather January 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    We will miss you Anna!!! Glad we all got together to send you off!

    • Brooke January 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      My thoughts exactly 🙂

  5. James Ferguson January 16, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Was a good night. Good company, buck hunter, ping pong… We’ll have to do it again when Anna returns from Cambodia.

    P.S. Who is that handsome young man in the back of the photo, to the left of Pat, and to the right of Tony?

    • Brooke January 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      HAhah, hard to tell… who is that mysterious character?! It was a blast, as usual — see you at Travel Tribe 🙂

  6. Alicia January 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Ah there could have been 5 in the picture if I had hung around a little longer! Top night everyone – see you next week! 🙂

    • Brooke January 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Bummer, I know! I forgot that we lost you in hopes of getting Hannah & Tony in… We lost one American for another 😉

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