Before I’d arrived in Australia, people would speak of my upcoming trip as if I were going to the gallows.

I remember getting a lot of strange advice, such as…

“Watch out for the spiders. They’ll eat your face.”

“Don’t go swimming. Too many sharks.”

Needless to say, I was relieved (but not disappointed) to find that Australia is much tamer than my American friends make it out to be.

In fact, it shares a lot in common with the US.

School is similar, and despite the Australian lingo and unfamiliar history with which I struggle, the students and teachers are not so different from the ones I’m used to back home.

(Save the dialect, of course.)

I enjoy being able to walk to different parks and access the grocery store from my house.

It’s also nice not to spend hours bundling up.

(Yes, it is summer here.)

Surprisingly, I haven’t encountered any dangerous animals, as I expected I would before taking this trip.

I’m pleasantly surprised, and resent having to one day leave Australia so much that I try not to think about it often.

However, our sabbatical has only just begun.

5 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. Sydney, you are a wonderful and gifted writer. I am, and always have been, very proud of you and am so happy for you to have this opportunity to travel the world. I enjoyed getting to learn a little about the school you are attending there. I began to write poetry when I was your age too, but have not written any for many years.

    Love, Grandma K


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  2. Sydney I miss you so much! Drama, and Strafford School in general, are both maddeningly lonely, and quiet. Also: Happy late Birthday! I would get you something, but the shipping would cost more than the present itself. Send T-Shirts!
    My mom says hi,

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