My Australian Anniversary

Last year on this day I first stumbled off a plane in Sydney and took my first steps on Australian soil. 

Hardly a noble moment, I staggered in after several delayed and missed flights in desperate need of a shower and with all my luggage lost.  In all I think I traveled for three days straight.

As I passed through customs the poor officer asked me if I had anything to declare.  I looked at him, eyes tearing up and on the edge of a mental breakdown and said tremulously, “All my luggage is gone… all I have left is this bag of almonds… but you can take them.”  He waved me through quickly before I started blubbering all over his desk.

After a few days, though, everything was once again right with my world.  The lost luggage was delivered safely and I got my shower.  Within a few days I got to meet my first wild ‘roo in a park and settled into a whole new way of life.  The biggest things I had to get used to was not using bleach in my wash, having no dryer and carrying a bag with me when I went shopping… three habits I plan to continue wherever I live.

Little did I know, as I limped off the plane and onto Australian soil, what adventures lay ahead and how much I would change.  In the last year I’ve gotten married, seen kangaroos, petted a quokka, picked olives, played with red widows, had a summer Christmas, figured  out the coins and written two books.  After all that I can’t help but wonder where will I be next year and what will I have done? 

Hopefully more… much, much more.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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4 Responses to My Australian Anniversary

  1. Amy Eye says:

    You will be rich and famous and convince us all to use our own bags to shop with instead of contributing more to our worldwide problem of garbage. You are awesome, lady friend of mine!!

    • :Dandi says:

      Hahaha! If I’m rich and famous I’ll import aussi shopping bags for everyone so we can all save the world together! As far as the awesomeness… you must be looking in a mirror ;D Or maybe we are just awesome times two (is that awesome squared?)

  2. Sounds like a lot has happened to you lately… did you like Australia? Where did you visit?

    I live in Sydney, as you probably know:)


    • :Dandi says:

      I did remember that you lived in Sydney. I love Australia but I haven’t visited much. I flew into Sydney, and then to Adelaide where I’ve stayed (except a few trips to the country). The country is gorgeous tho… I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many sheep!

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