Reflecting on my Time Abroad

Unbelievably, my time in Sydney is coming to an end. It is crazy to think that I will be leaving soon as it does not feel as if a whole semester has gone by.

I did thoroughly enjoy my time though! I met amazing people, saw interesting things, and ate so much good food. It’s hard to say what my favorite aspects of studying abroad in Sydney were, but of course, there are a few that stand out to me. For whoever is reading this, below are my recommendations for being in Sydney.

Sydney truly is the city that has it all; there’s something for everyone. Forests, beaches, city centers, and cute little neighborhoods all packed in relatively close to one another. If you find yourself close to the Central Business District (or the CBD as locals call it), which in my opinion is THE Sydney, it goes without saying that you should go see the Sydney Opera House. The detailing of each tile is astounding and surprisingly it is much smaller in person! Right next to the Opera House are the Royal Botanical Gardens. This landmark is less talked about but a must-see! Depends on which season you visit, but the landscaping and gardening is so beautiful.

On the other side of the Opera House is an area called The Rocks. Filled with street market vendors on Saturdays, it is home to many historic bars and pubs. Although it is close to all the high-rises, you feel as if you are in a different place and time.

Speaking of Saturday markets, there are more than few within Sydney. Make sure to check out Paddy’s markets for cheap souvenirs, Glebe markets for unique hand-made items, and Paddington’s for food!

And now speaking of food, you may find that it is a little bit on the pricey end. As Sydney is a metropolitan area, food and beverage is more expensive than what you’d find outside the city. This doesn’t mean you need to break your bank to satisfy your taste buds, though! Make sure to check for happy hour deals- there are aplenty! A few of my favorites include Soda Factory and Frankie’s Pizza. The former is made out to be a “hidden bar”, you enter through a discreet door to a retro-vibe bar! Every Tuesday they have an amazing selection of dollar dogs with musical bingo! The former is an underground bar with gigantic $4 dollar pizza slices. Keep in mind that the price is in Australian dollars, so it’s even cheaper in American currency!