War Memorial in Hyde Park at night

‘Bye ‘Bye Sydney

‘Together in Electric Dreams’ played on iTunes as I packed my first moving box. Apt considering I came to Sydney to pursue my dream of being a journalist and, like so many before me, wound up in PR because it pays more.

War Memorial in Hyde Park at night
War Memorial in Hyde Park at night

My first year in Sydney was the hardest of my life. I was on $27,500 pa, I lived in the dingiest flat this side of the ghetto and I’d broken up with my first love. I drank 5L goon (cheap), went for a lot of long walks (free) and cried everyday on the way home from work (self-indulgent).

Nearly 10 years later, I am stronger, tougher and (hopefully) smarter. I’ve had more jobs than I can count on both hands and a foot, have loved, lost, and loved again, and have lived with flatmates, a partner and finally, by myself.

I’ve been to lots of launch parties, worn pretty dresses and talked to celebrities. I have had the privilege of glamour and access to worlds that I didn’t even know existed.

Sydney has become a map of memories. Kisses here, dancing there. Meetings up there, parties down here. What an adventure it has been discovering who I am in the midst of all this sparkly stuff.

I’m certain now of my country girl-ness. The place where I am happiest has open skies, friendly faces and living things; gardens, trees, chooks.

I’m so grateful to this city for showing me so much of life – for beating and polishing me up. So, my darling Sydney, this song goes out to you:

Together in Electric Dreams

‘We’ll always be together
However far it seems
(Love never ends)
We’ll always be together
Together in Electric Dreams’

Do you ever want to make a big change? Where do you want to go?





8 comments on “‘Bye ‘Bye Sydney

  1. This city will be slightly but perceptibly less beautiful once Sunday morning comes around.

    The buildings, lights, beach and seagulls may not notice – but there are many people who definitely will.

    Be safe and have a great tree change, can’t wait to see the Tamworth posts!

  2. A beautiful post Emma, what a wonderful journey.
    I am so glad I got to know you while you were here in Sydney, all be it at the end.
    Look forward to hearing the next few chapters….I am sure I will be in some!!!

    Have a great time xx

  3. oh Emma, we will miss you so! Sydney will definitely shine a little less brightly without one of its true stars.
    Fabulous post – as an ex-Sydney expat, I can so relate. xx

  4. Oh god you almost made me cry. The city itself may not notice your departure, but your friends certainly will. I know my time in Sydney would not have been the same if I hadn’t met you. Good luck in the sticks, I hope moving home to Tamworth is all that you want it to be and more.

  5. Lovely Emma, a beautiful post, so much love and you in it. Sydney won’t be quite as sparkly without you but I’m glad you’re following your heart. You’re an inspiration. Look out, Tamworth!

  6. Emma, you are unique and you shall remain unique wherever you are. Glad to have met you, in print and in the flesh. I look forward to more of your adventures.

  7. Oh Em – I know your friends will miss you terribly, but I am so pleased to have you around.
    Just not sure Tamworth is ready for you 🙂
    I am waiting with open arms xxxx

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