Birthday #22: How to Celebrate Solo in Sydney

Sometimes, you end up in a foreign country on your birthday and have to celebrate alone. Instead of getting down in the dumps, you can take a moment of silence for the coconut cake from your mom and hugs from your friends you won’t be getting, and then you can move on! Here are 22 suggested steps for celebrating a 22nd birthday solo in Sydney.

1. Wake up and feel a little overwhelmed by the love of family far and near. 2. Feel your lip tremble when you look at the birthday card and flowers your host mom got you.



3. Take a look at both the wide open space of the living room and your host mom’s extensive CD collection. 4. Select something funky.

5. Turn up James B. 6. Dance.

7. Step outside and take in the wonderful city that awaits you. 8. Revel in the Commonwealth connection between England and Australia and nibble on Cadbury for breakfast as you head into the city.


Mhm, chocolate for brekkie because it’s yo birthday.


9. Watch some fun unfold at the Winter Festival at St. Mary’s Cathedral you saw listed on Flypside. 10. Step into the quiet and take some time to be thankful.

11. Meander through the city, watching intensely committed men playing giant chess in Hyde Park….


12. Or wondering why that thing slightly resembling a chicken is crossing the road…


13. Continue your walk over the Harbor Bridge. Take in some views.

14. Channel your inner Hobbit and eat a second breakfast of a veggie Danish at the Flaky Tart Bakery in North Sydney.

15. Take a moment to stare at the beauty that is a coconut-dusted red velvet cupcake and imagine you’re blowing out your imaginary candle.


16. Head back across the Bridge to meet your host mom at the Opera Bar where she takes you out for drinks and views. 17. Watch those Harbor lights sparkle.

18. Find your way to the Argyle’s Wednesday night salsa! 19. Feel intimidated, and then get over it. 20Jump in, get sweaty with strangers, step on their feet, make new friends, and spin around until it’s hard to keep your steps straight.
21. Get drenched walking to the train station in the pouring rain.

22. Finish with midnight fries at Macca’s to start your 22nd year off right!

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A bright eyed, TEFL certified, PNW girl teaching English in Budapest, Hungary.

3 thoughts on “Birthday #22: How to Celebrate Solo in Sydney

  1. So glad you got to have a new birthday experience. It looked like a lot of fun. I love your hostesses choice of roses. Mixed are so beautiful. Can’t go wrong with James B. The bird looks like a cross between a kiwi and a stork. Say no to vegemite and yes to Tim Tams. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I really enjoy seeing the pictures and following you around. Just remember that even though you are alone, you have a constant companion who will never leave nor forsake you.


    1. Oh Ms. Pam, thank you for the encouragement! I’m looking at your necklace right now and it reminds me of all of the friends my constant companion has put in my life 🙂


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