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Day 183: Sydney, Swarming with Americans

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Day 183: American Love

I used to think I found a large group of Americans in Sydney… that was until July 2nd. This year I actually partook in the July Fourth (on the 2nd) festivities put together by the Americans in Sydney group, and boy I found out there are hundreds of us Americans floating around this great city.

A bunch of them got together at the City Hotel to do all things American from enjoying Sam Adams to eating pulled pork. Good times were had by all… and me, who got to spend the evening with two special guys: Barack and Sam.

It was at this event that I learned that Sydney is apparently swarming with Americans, so come on down fellow Yanks! You’ll fit right in.

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10 Responses to Day 183: Sydney, Swarming with Americans

  1. Zoe July 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Sorry Brooke, but why do you want to travel half way around the world to hang out with people from the country you left? Why not just stay home?

    • Brooke July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Zoe, Maybe you don’t follow the blog that often? You do know that my boyfriend is Australian and that I do have Australian friends, right? It was an American holiday so we have been celebrating — my American and Australian friends both.

  2. Zoe July 10, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    No need to be offended Brooke, i’ve been following your blog for a week or two.

    I noticed you’re in Sydney, and yeah, the Aussie boyfriend – and you’re trying to get a residence of some sort? Sorry, haven’t yet been through ALL your posts….

    Your final comment “It was at this even(t) that I learned that Sydney is apparently swarming with Americans, so come on down fellow Yanks! You’ll fit right in.”

    It sounds to me like you are promoting Australia as somewhere that Americans can hang out with other Americans? Thats the equivalent of an Australian travelling to Earl’s Court in London… just to hang out with other Australians.

    Its just like being at home but with a funny accent and wierd post codes. Where’s the fun, adventure and travel experience in that?

    • Brooke July 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      Ok, I can see what you are saying, but at the same time I feel like you are focusing a bit too much on that last comment. I would never suggest that people only come here to hang out with other Americans, but it can be nice for when you are missing home or trying to celebrate a favorite holiday. Also, I feel like travel is whatever you make of it, so hanging out in a new place – no matter if it is around people from your home country or not – can still be a fun adventure. Thanks for the comments. It has given me a good topic to elaborate on in a future post 🙂

  3. Adam @ SitDownDisco July 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    All I can say is, “not more Americans at travel tribe!”

  4. Rebecca July 12, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    My funniest “there are too many Americans here” story in Sydney was, of course, at the Apple store on George Street. When my ‘pod was dying, who helped me at the Genius Bar but two American dudes.

    Other then that, I can pretty much count on 2 hands the amount of Americans I ran into during my year in Australia. I guess it has exploded since 2008 (thank you visa 462!)

  5. fb July 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    To Zoe:

    “Sorry Brooke, but why do you want to travel half way around the world to hang out with people from the country you left? Why not just stay home?” – zoe.

    Nothing for nothing, while that comment may or may not be offensive and/or rude, it’s tone is definitely confrontational. Maybe that’s your thing. Maybe you’re an in your face kind of person. Maybe you are with a keyboard, maybe in real life…maybe not.

    For me, it seems like a game of cheap rhetoric…

  6. Tia July 22, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Brooke,
    Your blog and writing is fun. The way you celebrated July 4th makes me wanna join. Im an Aussie so might be crashing the party. Listen, I’m writing to ask for help to find an American man I met this week at a singles party in Circular Quay. He seemed like a great guy, but we were separated when my friend dragged me off to mingle. Our eyes continued to meet across the room afterwards and we exchanged several smiles but while I was doing polite chit chat with one of the matchmakers planted friends, my American from Salem NY left the party. I considered running after him but all I could visualize was a kind of reverse Cinderella situation. Not cool. Besides he’s about 6’4 with a broad gait and I’d have been out run. Sadly I’m only guessing his name is Richard- nerves affected my memory for names. He’d be in his mid 40’s I’m guessing. Blonde. Hope your network can help. Thanks, Tia.

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