It's been pretty much exactly three weeks since I moved to Sydney and I haven't really been able to make time for an in-depth update about my life here. As I type this it is 3 AM and this is pretty much the first time today that I have to myself. So I'll use this to get a little up close and personal with you guys. Here it goes. As you probably have already read somewhere, I am here for my studies. I'm doing an exchange semester at the University of Sydney and I couldn't be more grateful to be here. Australia has been my dream destination for the longest time - when I was sixteen I almost came here for a high school exchange semester, but I changed plans last minute and went to France because as much as I love the Aussie accent, I figured it would make more sense to properly learn French. I'm quite happy about that because now that I'm older I have a lot more freedom than I would have had in my teens to really explore and get to know the country.
So far I've only seen Sydney, but this place is just magical. There's the central business district with its skyscrapers, shopping streets and rushing crowds that create a truly metropolitan flair. Not far from it and separated by the luscious green of Hyde Park, are Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, arguably two of the most 'hipster' neighborhoods. They're home to an impressive amount of cafés and brunch places that are frequented by a young, often international audience and - as a good friend pointed out to me - handsome young dads. And then, of course, there is Sydney's seaside where you go to surf, work out, tan, swim and eat ridiculously nice food. The pictures at the end of the post were taken really early in the morning on Bondi, which is just as cool as you probably imagine it. There's so many chill, friendly people and SO MANY adorable dogs. It doesn't get much better than Sydney you guys. I feel like I could totally live here longterm.
What makes my experience so far even better is the fact that I really like the people in my Master's program. It's so interesting, we're super international and come from completely different countries but at the end of the day, our world views and aspirations in life appear to be pretty similar. While I sometimes struggle with small talk, I love nothing more than profound conversations and I had some really enlightening ones in the past three weeks. I think the networks you build and insights you get just through meeting and talking to people are so invaluable. I'm genuinely happy. And, above all, I'm very grateful to experience all of this. I'm very aware that I'm showered with opportunities, and I plan on making the very best of them all.
Lots of love