The days in December seemed to just disappear until it was the 20th: the day that had been planned for, looked forward to, and dreamed about for the past two years. AUSTRALIA. The six of us were going to meet in San Francisco around 8 PM for our flight to Sydney, but as the lone east coaster, I had a full day of traveling to get to SF. I took a train to Grand Central and then some subways and a NJ train to get to Newark for my eight hour flight to California. I was pretty proud of myself for packing light - just a backpack and a dive bag - but it was still quite heavy to haul around the airports and train stations.
I landed in the late afternoon and after a few hours was getting bored, ready for my family to join me and the adventures to begin! Around that time I got a message from Mom saying that high winds in SF were keeping planes from landing so their flight from PDX was delayed. They still had a few hours of buffer before our flight to Sydney so we didn't get too worried, but by that evening it was clear that not everyone was going to Australia that night. Tiera made it to CA fine and the two of us got on the 15 hour flight to Sydney while Mom, Dad, Kendra, and Kyla boarded a flight to LA. While we were flying, they made it to LA, slept, and then rented a car and drove to SF to catch the next day's flight to Sydney. Since there is only one flight per day to Australia, they were going to arrive one full day behind us.
Tiera and I settling into the plane for the night (+day) while the rest of the family rents a car and drives to SF, sadly not with us.
With the time change, Tiera and I arrived in Australia Wednesday morning. It was raining in Sydney so two tired girls, weighed down with backpacks and dive gear, walked into the lobby of our downtown apartment drenched as well as exhausted. We weren't allowed up until the afternoon but the concierge graciously let us freshen up in the pool room and leave our bags while we killed some time. Feeling much better after a shower, we set out to find some lunch and see the city.
We learned a few things that day:
Darling Harbour, Sydney
When we were allowed up to our apartment, we raved over the 48th floor views of the city and then curled up with blankets and watched it continue to pour outside. At six, we ventured out for wood-fired pizza and milkshakes before crashing early. We woke up to sunny skies and our family joining us, (further) adventures to begin.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.