It’s been almost 2 months since I've left Sydney and it’s amazing how quickly time has flown by and how much has happened, both in the months and collectively over the years.
A reflection on the past
Back in 2010, I decided to leave home. The decision didn't come easy as the familiarity and steady paycheck from a previous job provided comfort, but there was an inkling that had been kicking me for awhile. It’s called, the TRAVEL BUG.
So I took action: researching options of where I would go, how I was going to go about it, and I took a leap of faith. Not everything was planned, in fact, not much was planned like the rest of my life (finish college/university, intern, travel, work for a few years, save, etc.) so the idea of having so much flexibility was novel and quite nice. I ended up in Sydney, Australia and the next thing you know, 2.5 years passed and today, I sit here writing upon these reflections.
It wasn't always an easy, breezy journey – in fact, they were some of the most trialing times but it’s these experiences that add to your character and who you are in the present day. With me are memories that I’ll never forget, the times that I've shared with friends and much more.
Before leaving Sydney, I thought to myself, “What will I miss about the city? Is it the breathtaking view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House? Is it the beaches with the cliff-side walks? Is it being able to take public transport: the trains, the buses, the trams and the ferries?” While I do miss all these, I found myself busy with a “MUST EAT BEFORE LEAVING” list. One of those places was a local bakery in the Surry Hills neighborhood called BOURKE STREET BAKERY and it was certainly going to be a place I missed.
Ever since trying it for the first time, I knew I was going to be trouble. And so began my regular trips down Bourke Street….
A friend of mine had gifted the Bourke Street Bakery book to me (more like a bible) and I was in awe, mouth agape and everything. The pictures were all so beautifully taken, the layout, the stories, the recipes, I couldn't help but give the book a big hug (yes, I give attention to inanimate objects). Anyhow, before leaving Australia, an idea popped into my head: I was going to get the guys at BSB to sign my book.
I wrote a
love letter of appreciation telling them how much I thoroughly enjoyed the fluffy and delightful carrot cake that forever changed my life and the amazing-ness of their pork and fennel sausage rolls (among the other savory pastries) and how it was a joy to experience it flaking off so easily. Just talking about this makes my mouth just water (yes, I am a nerd).
My e-mail bounced back.
I tried again and it bounced back again so I let it go. Then, I refused to let it go and tried again (this time, I changed the subject line) and VOILÁ!
Pressed under time, I began to think that I wasn't going to get it in time and would need to get it shipped out, but everyone there was so accommodating and made it work so that I got it before I left. Can we say WHEW?! FTW (For The Win)!!!
So a HUGE THANKS to Bourke Street Bakery for making it possible that I went back home with a signed copy of the book and for all the delicious treats and memories that will remain intact.