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Day 171: Why I Like My Life in Sydney


Living in another country, even if that country is the exotic and romanticized Australia, is not always easy. I tell this to everyone that asks me if I like it here that there are things I miss about America. At the same time, being in America would always leave me wishing for certain other things to be different. In other words, there’s good and bad for any place in the world, at least how I see it.

Or, maybe that’s part of the reason I travel, because maybe I just haven’t found my place yet. After going back to the States, I can think of all the good that is there for me — all the things about America that I truly adore — but really I live in Sydney now, and Sydney is pretty much awesome coated in sugar and wrapped in a bow. I could go on and list the reasons why Sydney, or Australia for that matter, annoy me at times (uhm… I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T for one), but rather I’d like to think about why this city is as close to perfect for me than I’ve ever experienced before.

sydney sign

This is why I looked forward to boarding a plane back to the land Down Under:

Sydney has a big-city vibe with a small-town personality.
Sydney is the most populous and popular city in Australia, yet still I feel as though the people are much friendlier than in America (overall, big-city-wise). Things are spread out and life moves just a tad bit slower than in other parts of the world.

There’s no freaking snow.
Did you hear that?! There’s no mushy, slick, wet and icy snow to disrupt my morning drive or my walk to the shops. There’s no scraping, no defrosting and no being careful when stepping outside the door. Ugh. I am so glad that I live in a place that rarely, if ever, sees a drop of snow. It’s just depressing to me.

The people I’ve friended.
The people that I’ve met here are probably the most important on this list. Besides my lovely boyfriend, I’ve found my way inside a circle of acquaintances full of like-minded, travel-loving and entrepreneurial spirits (is this my niche?). There’s no person here who thinks I’m crazy… well… maybe they do, but it’s not the same as back in my hometown where few people head overseas on long jaunts. It feels as though I’m constantly impressed and inspired by the individuals around me in this city.

The no-worries attitude and lifestyle.
There is a serious difference in the work-life culture in this country than in the States. While I might sometimes get perturbed when I can’t get a piece of mail at a quicker rate, or when I realize my partner visa application is still sitting in immigration after 8 months, I get it, I really do. You have to learn to lay back and let the pieces fall as they may here; you have to realize that working and being rushed and hurried is not the motto.

I don’t need to own a car.
It didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things in Peoria driving here and there, but really, cars are just so much extra work and hassle. There’s registration, gasoline and insurance to think about when becoming a vehicle owner, and you know, I’m loving not having to put these thoughts in my mind.

Did I mention that summer is awesome here? No? Well, it is!

I’ve got a pretty sweet deal living in Sydney at the moment. Don’t you think?!

P.S. Since arriving back in Australia, I’ve had trouble keeping up with the daily photos. These will return, but at least I still have my daily posts to tend to in the meantime.

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12 Responses to Day 171: Why I Like My Life in Sydney

  1. Rachael July 1, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    You took the words right out of my mouth! Since being back in the States I’ve been missing a lot of those things about Oz. Especially since I’m kind of in middle-of-nowhere Florida at the moment where there is no city life and I definitely have to drive (a lot) to get anywhere. When I’ve been trying to think of where I would maybe want to live in the US, all the cities just seem unappealing to me. I’ve lived and traveled to so many cities, and not one has had the amazing livability of Sydney.

    Even when I moved to Perth I really missed a lot of things about Sydney. Whether it’s weather, transportation, people, size, etc. every one of the cities in the US has a big turnoff for me, and I think back on Sydney and think, “Why can’t we have a city like that here?” There’s nothing comparable, at least that I’m aware of, and I really miss it!

    And while there’s at least no snow here (I’m with you on that one!) it’s SO hot and humid here, I miss the seasons. I remember when spring started to inch up on us after the (lovely mild) winter in Sydney and it was the best feeling in the world. I miss that!

    And yeah..buying a car, registering it, paying for gas and insurance, etc. SUCKS. I knew I couldn’t avoid it at that point, but dropping all that money definitely felt like “I could spend, like, six months traveling for all this money…” Sigh.

    • Brooke July 2, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      On the positive for you… Sydney is bloody expensive. πŸ™‚

  2. Natasha @ Glampacker July 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I love Sydney, it’s like Perth on steroids! Even living in a big city like London, it’s nothing quite like Sydney which has great weather usually year round and beaches so close to the city centre.

    I’m a bit surprised about the visa application though!!! I’m glad it didn’t take as long to get my UK work visa!

    • Brooke July 2, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      Haha, I like that… Perth on steroids! πŸ™‚

  3. Tony July 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Hells yes to the like-minded people! There aren’t many people who make a trip up to the Greengate for Trivia πŸ˜‰

    • Brooke July 2, 2011 at 12:00 am #

      Greengate Trivia da bomb… and we’ll win it someday πŸ™‚

  4. Deidre July 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for my visa to approved since January 2010….Why yes, that’s over 18 months. OY VEY.

    But yes, living in Australia is the right choice for me too, even when i do miss home and even when the internet is slower than death.

    • Brooke July 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      18 months?! That is by far the longest I’ve heard about!

      • Deidre July 5, 2011 at 8:43 am #

        I am waiting for my general skilled migration visa to go through. I hired an immigration lawyer, but he seems to think that this is pretty normal. Le sigh.

        So happy I found your blog. Love reading about other expats – particularly ones who are in Australia. I’m trying to come up with a post for you ebook…but I don’t have internet except at work at the moment…But I’ll work on it πŸ™‚

  5. Zoe July 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Hello fellow Sydney-sider!

    I’ve just moved to Sydney, for the second time. I adore it here, always have. Its the biggest (or more populous) city in Australia, but I think it still feels like a medium city compared to

    Unfortunately, the weather is yuk today so I’m staying indoors!

    Internet in Australia is defintely light years behind the rest of the world. But at least dongles are cheap enough. Free Wifi is available in plenty of cafes, but usually with a limit – and not at the incredible warp speeds of Southeast Asia. I do miss the unlimited free broadband of Vietnam.

  6. JoAnna July 20, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    “There’s no freaking snow.” Amen, sister!


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