There’s much more to Sydney than the Opera House.
I moved to Australia during the pandemic. It was a tough decision, but a necessary one. When COVID-19 began, my job also ended. Everything in my life seemed to come to a standstill. I was living in my small apartment in California without a plan in sight. As usual, I stayed home and did a lot of reading. I also made Quarantine Pizza, and handmade pasta, and didn’t see many people. I decided to move to Australia to join my partner and close the loop as we had been dating long-distance for many years.
Packing up my life, saying goodbye to friends, and moving on was challenging. I never let go of my ties to the people I love in the Bay Area. I miss them, but I am learning how to be here, even if the adjustment is a little bumpy. Interrupted Messenger chats don’t help.
However, there are some things about Australia that I really enjoy:
1. The people are very polite. Moving to Australia was an adjustment. Not to mention the language differences, Aussie slang, communication style choices, and other misunderstandings. Sometimes, you might come across an Australian who believes that all Americans are rude, uneducated, and stupid. I have had instances where this topic came up. After I said I was an American, people really didn’t want to get to know me. In other instances, they were fascinated and within about five words, they can usually discover you are an American. Australians generally do not like conflict, confrontation, or anyone who thinks they know better. This is usually the case anywhere in the world, but here in Australia, please be polite, (except with your mates where the tendency to let one’s hair down a little can keep the conversation interesting), be humble, and don’t make a big scene or ever be confrontational.
2. The scenery is amazing and there are plenty of outdoor activities to get out and enjoy. There are endless beaches, walking paths, parks, and lakes to explore. The Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, La Perouse, The Entrance, Surfer’s Paradise, The Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, and Port Stephens. I love them all. There’s also “The Bush,” or what some people might refer to as “Woop Woop.” But you wouldn’t want to stray too far into unknown territory. Just watch the movie “Outback,” about…