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When I started planning my Australian backpacking trip, I realized how impractical the country is for backpackers. Everything seemed so expensive! But then I learned how to ask for discounts
We wound our way through the mountain pass. I was navigator while Luke, my boyfriend, was driving. It was nearly dusk, which meant I was tasked with keeping an eye out for kangaroos. They like to come out and feed at this time and are often drawn to the lights of passing cars. We’d seen plenty of them on the side of the road on this trip.
Five years ago, the decision to go to college 1,000 miles away from home and everyone I knew was a little scary, but I was excited. Two years ago, I chose to go 10,000 miles away to Australia for five months to study abroad, and I was nervous. It wasn’t the nervousness most people would imagine of long flights, cultural differences, and missing friends and family.
After two years in Sydney, it’s almost time to say goodbye. It’s bittersweet really. I’m off to travel this country I have called home and the adventure ahead will be so much fun. But packing up my life here has been very difficult. The amount of things I have collected over these two years seems immense and trying to decide what should stay and what should go is brutal.
I hopped on the ferry from Darling Harbor and after a quick stop in Balmain, alighted on Cockatoo Island. I had been reading Peter Carey’s 30 Days in Sydney and he made the island sound so cool: an ex-prison camp where the petty thieves of Sydney’s already thieving population were sent to build a prison and military barracks and become better men.