Thursday, January 8, 2009

"...you're close enough to see that, you're the other side of the world to me..."

It took a long time but I made it here and more so, I now have wireless internet. It took me a bit to get my bearings but here I am. So, here is a quick synopsis of my week so far. I go to the Pensacola Airport and the first flight was cancelled, a true "stuckatseven" moment. It is re-booked and I make it out of Pensacola at 2:15pm. On to Dallas, to which we have another delay but we head off and on to Los Angeles. In L.A., I did have a bit of an exhausted moment where I questioned why I was doing this but nonetheless, I hoped on the plane for the 14 hour haul. Qantas is an amazing airline and I was on a brand new jet and there was an empty seat beside me, which meant even more room! I, for the first time in my life, slept on a plane and I got about 7 good hours in total. So, as soon as I got off the plane, I was ready to go. I arrived here in Sydney at around 8am local time but Customs and luggage took forever! Plus, as I was waiting for my bag, the woman beside me started talking randomly about how she had just made her way to Australia from Pensacola, Florida. Small world! So, I get my bags and get on the subway, which is awesome here. Super clean and efficient. I head to the hostel and then off to the bank. They put a hold on half of my money until February because well, I don't know why but they did. So, it is ok though. Then, I walk back into the hostel and a group of about 10 University students are on a random assignment in which they have to photograph themselves at random Sydney locations and they needed to take a picture of themselves beside a pool. So, they asked me if I could use my key card to let them in. I did and they came in and then invited me on the rest of the hunt with them. It was about 3 hours worth of trekking the city but it was a great way to start the trip and an unexpected adventure. By the time that that was done, I came back to my room and my hostel roomies were in. Colin from South Africa and Jay from the UK. They asked if I wanted to go get food and to a pub. So, I did and it was a good time. I stayed out until about 1am because the pub is right next door to the hostel. My new-found roomies were completely intoxicated, so me being a charitable kind of guy, made sure that they didn't die on the elevator. A success. So, this morning, I woke up and panic did set in a bit. I kind of had a freak out and I knew that I would because I am here and the first day was so overwhelming that I knew I would come down off of that high and I did. I had to go into the VISA office to go over all of my paperwork and to learn about Australia. Let's be honest, I could have taught the course. Anyways, after all of that, I went back to the hostel and my South African roomie was there and we went to a restaurant for lunch. It was super expensive, $21 bucks for a hamburger and non-refillable soda! Wendy's...can you hear me? I miss you! I'll be back! So, as of right now, I am feeling good but a little but of mixed emotions as everything and everyone that I care about is asleep as I write this in the middle of the day but this is my adventure and we will see how it goes. Tomorrow is another day.



14 comments:

Laurie said...

Glad you made it!! Was the lady's name Claire and was her baby named Aaron?

lissylulu said...

YAYYYY!! Small world indeed! We're behind you.. so stay strong. :D

Melanie said...

OMG, if it was Claire and Aaron, please get an autograph--I'm a LOST fanatic!!

So glad you made it safely to Sydney. Been thinking about you and was hoping you wouldn't have delay after delay. Sorry, my hoping on the delay end didn't work out, but hey, you're there, and we, your fans, can breathe a sigh of relief! Can't wait to hear more!!!

IamNotaSecretary said...

I feel better now. I'll be honest, the call from the Dallas airplane was pretty funny, but in no way surprising. Once a seven....

I emailed you @ gmail so check that out.

Canada Lori said...

I'm glad to hear you made it safe and sound. I have been thinking about you. Take a deep breath and enjoy the adventure. Don't look back!!

I miss you around here!!

MARCIE said...

I love the bit about the University Kids...that is not surprising at all, those things always randomly happen to you...or is it random? Someone is watching over you!!!!

HoneyD said...

Miss you Edmund

venusglitz said...

You have the best luck sometimes! I'm excited about all of the future adventures we'll get to read. Keep the posts coming. You have a captivated audience! :D

Rachael said...

Happy to hear you arrived safely! I look forward to hearing all about your adventures to come. I am living vicariously through you Edmund. Enjoy every second of it!

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