It had been two years since I was last in Sydney en route to whale sharks and Tony Robbins and 10 years since I lived here… It’s so interesting how my impression of Sydney has changed so much based on who I’m with and where I am in life. When I lived here, I was 25 and really mastering the (over)work hard and (over)play hard with Commonwealth-ers, who brought a refreshingly Protestant work ethic to drinking. “Eating is cheating.” Why hadn’t I thought of that?
A decade later, I am in a very different place in life but still enjoying the soothingly laidback Aussies. I love their statements that end in endearing questions that don’t really demand to be answered but just agreeably nodded along with. Had a good mix of activities with friends from work, business school, Tony Robbins, and Airbnb, including a fun last night on Oxford Street!
In my previous lives at LEK and Wharton, I pulled a lot of all-nighters…for business and pleasure, respectively! It was great to see how friends from both have since moved on to new adventures including different careers and families.
I got my fix of kiddie time, spiritual classics, home-cooked Chinese food, and tremoring at Grace and Russell’s.
I also loved celebrating each other’s progress with James, my buddy from Tony Robbins’ Date with Destiny. A father of four, James and I come from very different worlds but support each other in our respective journeys!
It was mind- and heart-opening to spend time with James and Grace/Russell, who have very healthy long-term relationships and families. Though it makes me uncomfortable, I like being exposed to different perspectives and ways of living. It’s made me revisit my current views on relationships, marriage, and children. Stay tuned…(though step-momming still a favorite idea of mine…kids <=50% of the time, no perianal tears, and significant impact on children without the guilt of raising serial killers!)
I also befriended my Airbnb roommate, Patricia, a bar manager, who helped me ease back into drinking after the dry Maldives. She also taught me a bit about bartending (something I’m curious about). We had a memorable Monday night at the Stonewall with drag queens and rando’s!
And lastly, random photos from traveling to and around Sydney!