Leaving Sydney–And Missing it Already

November 7, 2013
Leaving Sydney--And Missing it Already

foreign-correspondent badge final After two years in Sydney, it’s almost time to say goodbye. It’s bittersweet really. I’m leaving Sydney, this country I have called home, and I know that 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 have lived in or near several major cities in my life and none have gotten under my skin like Sydney. There is so much that frustrates me: the public transportation system, the unfriendly city dwellers and the lack of options at the supermarket. I know they’re not exactly deal breakers, but when living somewhere for a long time, they are the kind of things that really started to grate on me.

Then there are all of those things that I love: the harbor, the bridge, the Opera House, access to so many stunning beaches and the outdoor lifestyle to which I have grown accustomed. I’ll miss sitting outside, regardless of the season, in nothing more than a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I’ll miss the access to green space and free barbecues, and I might even miss the Australian beer. I have also made an amazing circle of friends that will make it hard to say goodbye.

When I go back to visit the US, I’ll devour bagels by the baker’s dozen, and I’ll slurp up plenty of Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee. I’ll catch up with people that I haven’t seen in over three years. I’ll re-introduce myself to the American accent and probably be laughed at for the funny way that I now speak. But secretly I’ll be dreaming of cafe brunches with baked eggs and skinny lattes and a table full of friends before we head off to the newest unfound beach spot.

About Laura Bronner

Laura Bronner is an American girl addicted to life abroad. After graduating from college she set off on what was meant to be a year of travel. That was four years ago. Since then she has lived in New Zealand, Australia and now calls South Korea home. You can follow along with her experiences on An American Abroad

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