So, I’m homesick. Or is it nostalgia? I can’t even tell the difference. My life changed too rapidly in the last few years: Moving from one to another country was just one of these changes. The fact that it is winter in Sydney adds a slight note of melancholia to all this – although, this is a joke compared to German winter. In Germany it happens that the clouds stay grey, thick and dark for two months without even one hour of sunshine. Sydney winter on the other hand is coming at you like a big, cold, freezing, wet wave – right into your face. It’s not pretty, but it’s over again after two days, and then…. Sunshine!
Enough of that. Complaining about the weather and pitying myself for this confusing feeling of sadness I can’t even define is certainly not very entertaining.
Besides being homesick, and nostalgic and who knows what, I am also deeply in love with the City I live in and grateful for every moment I spent here so far.
So I decided to start a little blog series about things I LOVE about Sydney and Australia. This might get me through my worst days of homesickness, but is really dedicated to: You – residents of Sydney.
I don’t know each and every one of you individually of course but I know you well enough to know what you all have in common: Fernweh.
“Fernweh” is German and literally translates to something like “long distance pain”. Now the funny thing is: The more or less official English translation to “Fernweh” is “Wanderlust”, another German word! That again literally translates to something like “desire to walk”. Both words, “Fernweh” and “Wanderlust” describe the same thing:
The desire to leave home and go on vacation, seeking inspiration and amazement. Adventure!
You all know the feeling. (I have no idea why there is no English word for this because you Australians seem to be the living example of Wanderlust. Nobody is obsessed with traveling like Australians are in my opinion).
So if you’re currently experiencing Fernweh, but you’re not getting time off, saving money to buy a property or your flight to Bali has been cancelled because of its ash spitting volcano, this might be worth reading. Also, I decided Monday might be a good day for this series… because Mondays suck.
On that note: I LOVE bad weather in Australia: