See you Later Sydney: Living in a City of Goodbyes

cc license, paulbarrogaA friend told me, not long after I moved here, that he has said goodbye to a lot of people in Sydney.  After only being here for a relatively short time, I’ve already started to say my own farewells.

I’m sure part of the problem will always be that I’m not from here. A lot of my friends are Americans and other expats. Even my coworkers at Switched on Media come from several different countries. It’s not surprisingly that people would come and go over the years. I’m not even sure how long I’ll be in Sydney myself.

Sydney in general seems to be place where people are always arriving and leaving from. Aussies love to travel. In fact, to leave a job to go traveling for several months is not unusual.  I love the culture of travel here; it’s far less common where I grew up.

While I’m obviously happy for friends who travel or return home after being away, there is definitely a sad side to it. It makes me think about my time in Sydney. I question if I should be home with my family instead. I’m happy here, but I do have moments where I wonder if I should be away.

Have you said a lot of goodbyes in Sydney?


4 thoughts on “See you Later Sydney: Living in a City of Goodbyes

  1. Haha! I have been here since 2006 and I still have this problem! I would say about 85% of the people I have met and been close friends with have moved away again. I think it’s just so many people wanna come here and many can’t stay forever . . . Don’t you dare leave me! =)

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