Hi. Remember me? It’s Dominik. Yes, I know it has been a while and lots of things have changed. I’m here now and am trying to gradually get back into this blogging thing that I loved so much during my teenage years. Many things have changed over the past two years and while I thought I had everything planned out perfectly during my university years, I still find myself asking myself what I actually want to do with my life and where I want to live.

It is no secret that I miss my home, Seattle, so much. So much so I was going to move back this week and live with my BFF… but the plan fell through with the place we were going to get. My most favourite cities in the world are Seattle, San Francisco, London, Vienna, and Sydney. I have such incredible memories in each of those places and there’s something about each that leaves me in awe each time I’m there.

During the entire month of May this year, I decided to live in Sydney, Australia. I have been long thinking about applying for a working-holiday visa and living in Australia for a year, so I wanted to see what life was like. While the entire month felt more like a holiday than actual day-to-day living, I still was able to sample what life would be like if I did move there for a year. I loved every minute of every day in during my time in Sydney. The city and surrounding areas are so gorgeous and remind me a bit of the Pacific Northwest. The food is delicious, and most importantly, people in Australia are just so damn friendly.

I rented an apartment for the entire month, just a 5 minute ferry ride from the Sydney CBD. In fact, my main mode of transportation were the ferries – how cool are they?! Furthermore, Sydney is such a liveable place – you have virtually everything you need for a happy life. I’ve been to over 15 cities in Australia, and none of them are as incredible as Sydney is. Maybe I love it so much because it reminds me of Seattle.

I spent the entire month mostly exploring the region – from the national parks to the beaches, I loved it all. Not a day went by that I was bored or had nothing to do – everyday was lived to the fullest and I truly maximised my entire time there. I didn’t get on a plane during the whole month as I really wanted to just stay in one location for a while and see how I feel.

Needless to say, I think I’m closer than ever to actually applying for that visa and living in Australia for a year. If I end up doing this, I think I will definitely select Sydney… I mean Melbourne and Brisbane are both incredible in their own ways… but Sydney is breathtaking and there’s just no place that comes close.

I think my ultimate goal in life is finding and deciding where I should live. My parents moved back from Seattle to their hometown in Poland two years ago, and while it is great to be there and visit family, it is a small town with not much to do. Before I end up moving back to Seattle (because I know that is what will happen – it is my home after all), I do want to live in a few other places first just to try it out. Australia is a gorgeous country with incredible opportunities and I loved every second of my time there.

All in all, I’m happy I was able to sample what life would be like if I moved there for a bit. Now obviously, I wouldn’t be exploring and sightseeing every day if I were going to move there, but I could totally live there comfortably. While I turned 24 about a month ago, one part of me feels like I need to make “the” life decision now… but the other part of me tells me I’m still young and I should enjoy what I can and shouldn’t necessarily focus on being in one place permanently for now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I think I’m just a bit closer to deciding what I want to do.

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