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Home Sweet Home

After a whirlwind of exams, packing, planes, and turkey overload I finally find myself recovered from jet lag, back on American time, sitting on my couch basking in the glimmering lights from our Christmas tree. My reunion with my friends and family has been warming.  Kind of like when you come home from your first semester of college and the only question you get asked is “How’s school?!” or “Don’t you love college?”, the only question I’ve been bombarded with is “How was your trip?” It’s safe to say I’ve been the talk of the family since I’ve been gone, and I’m more than happy to share my experiences with everyone who asks.

I genuinely can’t believe that it is already over.  I remember moving into my Urbanest apartment like it was yesterday.  But, at the same time, when I think back to those four months they are a blur.  Honestly, I sometimes feel like I dreamed it all. When I scroll through my camera roll on my phone and recount all of the amazing places I visited, adventures I journeyed, and friends I met I feel nothing but gratitude.  It’s no corny exaggeration to say that it was the trip of a lifetime, and the longer I spend at home and the further it gets behind me, the more and more I appreciate it.

Adjusting back to my normal lifestyle came quick.  After a week of falling asleep at 6 pm and waking up at 5 am (extremely uncharacteristic of me), I’m finally back on a normal sleeping schedule.  Also, having my car at the tip of my fingers has been amazing.  Yet, I have found myself missing the ease of walking to a corner coffee shop or the grocery store and catching the train to the beach.  Not to mention, the nightlife here in the retirement town of Naples cannot nearly compare to vibrant Sydney.  If I’m going to be completely honest though, the thing I’ve found myself missing most is the food.  Although similar to American cuisine in that it is multi-cultural, the Australian diet is much more wholesome, healthy, and pure.  You could find healthy snacks in a gas station, which absolutely does not exist here in America.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to live in Sydney for four months.  The rich cultural exposure, exotic trips, and lively lifestyle I got to experience has truly set the bar for the type of life I want to live in the future.  I have never been happier than I was the past four months.  Needless to say I will definitely be returning (and maybe even permanently), as long as my family tags along this time.

As the Aussies would say, cheers and catch ya later Sydney.

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