This past weekend I went back to Sydney. Why? To check two things off my bucket list: seeing a Sydney Opera House opera and swimming with sharks. I saw Carmen on the Sydney Harbor, and it was the best opera performance I have ever seen. Then Sunday I went to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, where I swam with sharks, rays, and sea turtles. It was also totally incredible. But throughout it all, I realized, for one of my first times in my life, I am homesick. I have never been one to get homesick. I was fine when I went to college. I was fine when I spent a month in Mexico with no one I knew. But two months into being on the other side of the world, I am really, really homesick. Before the opera, I video chatted my brother and my dog (he was with my brother). It was the first time I had seen any of my family in months, and I stood outside the opera, in a full-length dress, face full of makeup, crying. I didn’t realize just how much I missed them, but that day I really realized how much I missed them.
The end of this week marks the halfway point of the semester, and while I am shocked at how fast this semester is passing, I cannot wait for it to be over and to be able to go home. Two and a half months left until I go home, but until then, Skype will have to suffice.