I said I was going to do this, so here it is- my summation of my first day in Australia. To put it in a nutshell, it was a long day. Technically, it was more than one day if you take into account time zone shenanigans, but I treat my journey from San Francisco to Australia to hanging out with the university students group in Sydney as one long day. And it was a hell of a day! I had taken a flight from Pennsylvania all the way to San Francisco- a six-and-a-half hour long flight- and then from there to Sydney, and the process of boarding, boarding again, and making my way through the gates wasn’t nearly as hard or as complicated as I thought it would be. All in all, the journey from America to Australia took 20 long hours combined, but getting to see the city of San Francisco lit up like a Christmas tree outside my window was worth it.

The real fun, though, started when I arrived in Sydney itself- it was a lot to take in, and as coffee-fueled and jetlagged as I was, I was able to appreciate things like the harbor bridge and the Sydney Opera House, both of which I got to see with the group I was with. Strangely enough, it was the little things I appreciated the most, like figuring my way around Australian currency, paying 5 dollars for a cup of coffee, or marveling at how integrated Asian culture is to the city of Sydney. I also got to meet some very cool people in the form of our guides during the study abroad program, as well as my fellow students who are part of the experience.

Beyond that, I’m hoping to do some more exploring of Sydney tomorrow, and hopefully pick up some groceries from the local supermarket to last the next week, and until then, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings, and what Sydney has in store for me then.