Hello! Guess where I am? 😉
Yep—AUSTRALIA!! After a 15-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean, Julie and I landed safe and sound in Melbourne at 5:30am local time on Thursday, August 5th… yikes! We totally lost an entire day due to traveling 🙁 The East coast of Australia where we will be traveling through is actually 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles time, so it’s pretty drastic!
Julie lives in Chicago, so she had to take a seperate flight to Los Angeles Tuesday morning . . . spent the day at my apartment . . . and then we left on our direct flight to Melbourne that night.
Before and during the flight, I was trying to calculate in my head what the best “sleep plan” was for the flight over, as we left at 9:00pm Los Angeles time, and were to arrive 5:30am Australia time. My conclusion was to try to stay up at least 6-7 hours, take some kind of sleep aid pill, have a couple drinks, try to knock out for a good 6-8 hours, wake up in time for breakfast, and arrive! Well . . . it didn’t go quite exactly as planned . . . shortly after dinner was served, all the cabin lights were put out and drink service was discontinued. Damn… no wine. Wine helps make me sleepy! Also, you would think after a combined 7 hours of sleep from the two nights prior, I would be ready to just completely zonk out, out of exhaustion . . . but so not such the case. I later realized I had been eating some trail mix that had M&M’s in it . . . dammit, chocolate has caffeine in it!!
Oh well, it ended up being OK . . . Julie and I both knocked out for a good 5-6 hours of sleep, and the 15 hour flight overall actually went extremely fast!
Here’s a quick “overview” of our plans for the next 3 or so weeks for our trip all over Australia:
Thursday, August 5: Arrive in Melbourne. Spend two days around the city.
August 7th: Taking a 3 day bus-tour trip from Melbourne to Adelaide, up the “Great Ocean Road” which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in Australia.
August 10 & 11: Spending relaxing time in Adelaide and Barossa Valley– one of the best areas in Australia known for amazing Vineyards and some great wine tasting. We are actually staying with my friend Janelle—a girl who I befriended on my 2006 Euro-bus-tour. She was kind enough to totally offer up her place for us, take time off work, and show us around the area for the two full days we will be in town!
August 12-15: Flying to Sydney and meeting up with James—another friend I met through that same 2006 euro-bus-tour. James also is taking time off work to show us around the city . . . and he has a car, so even better! How nice to have such welcoming friends in Oz! From what I understand, the three of us are going to rent an apartment in the city in Sydney for the few days we are there… nice! There are also two girls I know from college—Megs (also a radio/tv/film major who I was actually really close with the first couple years of college), and Laura –another radio/tv/film major (wasn’t as close with her, but we both are single girls who travel a lot.)
August 16-18: Spending some time in the Whitsunday Islands . . . wow, if you don’t know what this area is, just do a google image search. It is SO BEAUTIFUL, to me it resembles areas/islands such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. I think we are going to try to do a 2 day 2 night overnight sailing cruise . . . and most likely do some scuba diving in this area, as we will be in the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
August 18-22: Make our way up to the city of Cairns, as we fly out of Cairns on the 22nd. This part of our trip is a bit up in the air right now, as we’d like to give us some time to travel a little and figure out what we’d like to do towards the end of our trip. But some ideas we have in mind right now is to maybe visit through Townsville, maybe Port Douglas, and probably spend a night in Daintree which is this AMAZING rainforest area. No matter where we end up, we plan to do some more scuba diving at this time, since this whole area is more towards the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef—which is supposed to have some of the greatest diving areas in the whole world–for its beauty, uniqueness, and colorful fish and sea life.
The excitement comes to an end as we are off on a plane back to the US on August 22nd. This trip home will be a bit more “brutal”, as we first need to take a 2 1/2 hour flight from Cairns to Sydney, deal with a 5 hour layover there, and then once again bear the 15 hour flight back to Los Angeles.
Oh well . . . these long flights aren’t getting too “bad” for me anymore . . . especially nowadays with technology 🙂