My arrival in Sydney was a bit of a surreal moment. Not only is this the farthest from home I’ve ever been, but this moment has been on my mind, and in the works, for a very long time. Having met many people from Australia, and having friends visit (some even moving there), the city seemed to always be on my radar; almost as if Australia has been calling my name. Now, I finally listened and decided to explore the land down under, myself.

My first order of business was ordering a cup of Australian coffee. I’ve been told many times that it will be the best cup of coffee I’ll ever consume - and I’m pleased to agree that it was! I need to be careful, though, can drink this like water! From what I have learned, these delicious espresso-based drinks are always hand-crafted per customer, as opposed to the more western style of serving drip coffees, which leaves everyone happy and caffeinated with these little cups of sin.

Despite my busted knee and leg swelling up almost double in size, I was eager to get out and explore. The city is nothing like I’ve ever seen before, and I can’t even compare it to anywhere else I’ve ever been. With light coastal vibes, and obvious nods at a metropolitan city, I felt like I had blasted twenty years into the future, where the buildings and nature had started to blend and compliment each other.

You know that feeling you get when you know you’re on the right track? A feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction? That moment everything in your body is vibrating and all you can do is laugh, cry, or maybe even both? That’s exactly how I felt when I finally laid my eyes on the Sydney Opera House. I was in a dreamlike state walking up the many steps to the glistening, white, sloped roof. I’ve only ever seen it on TV or in the National Geographic while growing up. So you can only imagine how crazy this experience was for me. My first thought was “I need to touch it.” Silly, I know, but it was the only way I felt I could confirm that I wasn’t dreaming, or that it wouldn’t fade away like a mirage. It was a truly magical moment.

I made it, Dreamt it, Planned it, and now I’m fucking here! This just goes to show that if you put your mind to something, you really can make it happen.