Sydney Harbour // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Well, this one was a long time coming. I find myself flashing back to Sydney on a weekly basis, so it’s all too appropriate that I share one such flashback on ye olde blog.

I spent most of 2006 studying abroad at the University of Sydney, taking fun classes like Australian Sports Culture and Italian. I’d spent 3 summers working at a photo lab to save up for all the traveling I did: from a month in New Zealand, to mid-semester trips to Queensland and the Outback, to winter break on the West Coast. My weekends were spent exploring Sydney and its beautiful beaches, but I always came back to Sydney Harbour. The Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the modest skyline – I still think Sydney is the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen.

sydney harbour 

But when I think beyond the obvious reasons for my loving Australia and Sydney so much, I realize that it goes far deeper than that.

Sydney was where I discovered and pursued some major passions of mine. I went from being a coffee hater to a coffee snob, spending much of my free time holed up in local coffee shops with a cappuccino and some reading. I developed a fascination with bridges, with an insatiable need to cross, pass under, and photograph damn near every bridge I see. And perhaps most pivotal of all, I began teaching myself photography: frolicking different neighborhoods, camera in hand, and purchasing my first SLR shortly after returning to the US. Coffee, bridges, frolicking, and photography are still some of my favorite things, 7 years later. I don’t even know who I’d be today without these passions.

Also – Sydney was where I realized I had the freedom to live the kind of life I wanted. There was a world beyond rigorous schooling and small town living. With just a semester left of college after I returned from Australia, soon I would be free to recraft my life however I liked. I saw the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, even though I didn’t quite know where it led. Most of all: I felt free.

Sydney will always be my happy place. Though I’m currently settling back into life in New York City, I can’t WAIT to get back to Australia sometime in the not-too-distant future. I’ve got 80,000 air miles reserved for it!

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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