For the last couple of years, i’ve been looking to have an adventure and be in a different environment; an opportunity to add some spice to my life. We all have different interpretations of adventure and one of mine is relocating on my own to a new place. In the last three years, I made lots of excuses along the way as to why I couldn’t relocate. This might come as a surprise to some that know me as I moved on my own to England, and then to Australia. But it feels like ever since I settled into my little university town, I lost my spark and that joie de vivre! But that’s all water under the bridge as i’ve decided to take the plunge and move to Sydney and rub shoulders with the city dwellers! As I start making the necessary arrangements to move, my decision is finally sinking in and i’m very excited about it. Nervous and excited as i’m not much of a city gal. I know that the change will be good for me and I look forward to this new chapter in my life.
Whenever I think of moving to the city, my mind immediately pulls up mental images of TV characters such as Carrie Bradshaw and the girls from Sex & The City, and Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. Then i think of Paris, the city of lights! I think i have glamourised Paris in my mind’s eye as I always fantasize about walking down cobbled streets while eating Nutella crepes and enjoying the views! My experience of Sydney to date has mainly revolved around day trips visiting friends, going to church, and doing some shopping at Bondi Junction. I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the city much but one thing I can say for sure is that it is busy!!! Some of all that busyness actually excites me. One of the pleasures of my time in Sydney is people watching while relaxing at a cafe. I just love the fact that I get to see more people play dress up as part of their daily grind. It makes me want to put in more of an effort, putting my best face forward as I step out the door.
I am well aware that there are downsides to living in the city such as a higher cost of living and congestion.But that is not my focus and I hope that during my time there, i’ll make the effort to focus more on the positive than the negative aspect of things. I am grateful to have this amazing opportunity to make the transition. One thing i’ve learned this year based on my experiences is that new things tend to come into your life just at the right time to tide you through. So, this is going to be a new and exciting chapter in the story of my life. For all you Sydneysiders and city dwellers out there, do you have any tips for me? Must see places? Cafes to visit? Your recommendations are most welcome.