Whitney's Story Index:


Ao final
07/13/2014

Son in the sky
07/12/2014

Recife
06/27/2014


Vida Dura
06/23/2014


Un lugar para mi
09/09/2011

Crossed the border
08/18/2011

Quiero mas tiempo!
07/31/2011


Yay for a shower!
07/19/2011

New coast for me!
07/15/2011

The ocean calls
07/09/2011


Tierra Dura
06/26/2011

Time to dry
06/24/2011


Rolling with it
06/09/2011

Viviendo la vida
04/27/2011











Day BA
02/24/2009








Bangkok, Thailand
09/13/2008




Day trip to Bowen
06/25/2008














Bouldering trip
03/17/2008

Beach volleyball!
03/14/2008



time for school
03/06/2008




Mailing address
02/27/2008


Townsville!
02/25/2008


The Last Supper
02/16/2008

We're finally in Australia!

Well it's been quite an adventure getting to this country! In a "quick" summary:
  • Original flight was LAX to Sydney with a 4-hour layover in Fiji.

  • LAX to Fiji flight was delayed to the next day, so I got put up in a great room at the Sheraton with overly-sufficient meal vouchers for the delicious hotel restaurant.

  • Due to the late arrival in Fiji, no flights were departing for Sydney that night, so I got put up in a beautiful resort in Fiji, with yet again more meal vouchers than I could use.

  • Finally got to Sydney, Neil and I had to sort out a place to stay (I guess most people sort this out ahead of time, but that's not our style). We found a house to stay in - $60 for a night, $175 for a week. Neil went with a week, since he needs time to sort out his permanent residence in Sydney.

  • The place is an absolute dump! It's run down, about to fall over, mold growing on the walls, mushrooms growing out of the ceiling...It's actually quite amusing, but only because it's a temporary thing. We can put up with it with a laugh for a few days, but there's actually a woman that lives there permanently! I don't get it.
Neil has been sorting out his orientation stuff at Macquarie University, but yesterday we took a trip out to Manly Beach, a beautiful place at the gate of Sydney Harbor. We took a ferry out there instead of the bus, and it was awesome! Sydney Harbor is stunning.


View of the Opera House and the Sydney skyline from the ferry

It's about 80 degrees, sunny, beautiful... your standard perfect day everyday. Being that there's a distinct lack of ozone here, Neil and I sufficiently cooked ourselves yesterday, even with our SPF 30 (gotta re-apply consistently!).

All in all, Australia's incredibly beautiful. OH! And I almost forgot to mention, Australians are some of the friendliest people I've ever met! Across the board, everyone we run into is unbelievably accommodating, happy, and helpful. While it is refreshing to be surrounding by these people, it actually catches me off-guard more than I expected. How do I keep getting so lucky as to run into the most helpful people?? 180 degrees from my experience in London...

Tonight, I spend my evening in downtown, early tomorrow morning I catch my flight to Townsville. That's right, I keep forgetting I'm supposed to go to school while I'm here. I'll be back in Sydney someday to spend more time here. I still hafta do all the touristy stuff!



Posted by Whitney 02/23/2008, revised 03/08/2008 by Whitney