Final Thoughts: A Sydney Update

Well I had started another blog post about two weeks ago and called it “The End is Near”, but as we all know I am not very good at time management when it comes to packing and well, the time got away from me and I honestly didn’t have time to pack, let alone finish the post. So… now I am going to write a new one on the plane.

For those who don’t know, I am on my way to Amsterdam to meet some friends for Defqon 1. Why am I going all the way to Amsterdam from Sydney for a music festival that also takes place in Sydney?
A) I will be back in the US by the time the music festival comes around in Sydney.
B) My friend back home couldn’t go and sold me his ticket.
C) I found a really cheap round trip flight.
All three signs telling me I absolutely have to go to this festival which I have dreamed about going to fo a long time. So, here I am on a 26 hour journey to Amsterdam. I am very excited, but need to make it through the 26 hours of travel first…

But, right now I need to back up a little to my last few months in Sydney. The last time I posted I believe I had just finished the Great Ocean Road. So much has happened since then, I am not even sure where to begin. I was trying to make as much money as possible to pay for my trip (both my trips actually), while still trying to see every last thing in Sydney. So rather than write a really long boring post about everything I have seen/done in the last 2 months, I will substitute it with pictures. So here is a chronological list of everything I have done told in pictures…

The Blue Mountains:

The Sydney Aquarium:

The Sydney Half Marathon:

Symbian Wildlife Park #kangarooselfie:

Vivid Sydney:

Toranga Zoo

Hunter Valley Wine Country:

Pancakes On The Rocks:

And the kids are use as amazing and cute as ever…


My time in Sydney has been one of the most amazing times in my life. When I first left the US, I wasn’t sure what direction this trip would take. I had already done the post Uni European adventure, so I was eager to see how this trip would turn out. After talking with one of my best friends in Sydney last night, it became clear that the purpose and reason for this trip was different.

Before leaving for my Europe trip, although I did have loose ends in the US, I felt like I needed to get out of the States. I needed a grand adventure to celebrate the end of Uni and to take a bit of a break. I found my love for traveling back when I was 17 and first went to Europe with my dad and family and then of course again when I studied abroad in Spain. Sorry Mom, I can’t say I found a love for traveling when we all went to China. As amazing as that trip was, I was about 11 and was not old enough o appreciate anything (I guess I will just have to go back). So, there was no question that I would enjoy myself in Europe and of course this trip in Australia. However, this time, it was clear that I was really going to miss everyone back in the US more than the last time I traveled. The weekend that I left every possible friend group I have (work group, festival group, hashing group, and of course my main #squad group) made sure I had a proper send off, showing me that although I was ready for another adventure I was really going to miss Colorado and everything in it.

The trip to Amsterdam and the month and a half long trip I have planned from Cairns to Melbourne will be the absolute perfect send off back to the United States. I finally feel at peace with the fact that I need to figure out what I am going to do in life and I think I am ready to be in one place for a bit. I will never scratch the travel itch so to speak, but traveling will always be part of my life, but I am ready to start my life back in the States, for real this time. I get to come home and watch one of my best friends get married and I get to be in the wedding. I am so excited to be back for that, so much so I decided to come home early for her bachelorette party, not because I felt like I should, but because I really and truly wanted to.

I am the happiest when I travel, but I think it is partly because traveling gives me clarity on my life, which is exactly what I wanted this trip to do. I have so many passions: medicine, flying, adventuring, that I have no doubt whatever I decide to do in life, I will be happy, but I needed this big adventure to show me that.

I will always love to travel, but I am also so excited to see where my life takes me.

Goodbye Sydney, hello Amsterdam!