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.