USA Wanderings: Home and Back to Reality
It really is over now. I’m sitting here writing this blog where so many others have been written. It is a little sad, but it is also good to be home. Now I have to get back to work, so many things to do, but I thought I would tell you about my trip home, and let you know I had arrived safely.
My trip was fairly uneventful, that was until I got almost home, nothing bad, but it took longer than expected. I left New York on Friday and caught a plane to Indianapolis, though I really only got to see the airport. I hung around there for two hours before boarding my flight to LA or LAX for the final part of my journey.
While flying to LA I saw a beautiful sunrise and because we were travelling back in time, I don’t know how else to explain it as we were going through a different time zone, I saw the longest sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. It lasted for almost three hours. I took some photos of it with my phone. I have a couple of photos of it for you.
They are the only photos for today, sorry.
At LAX I was met by Pam, and we had a brief meeting and catch up. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get through security, and so we didn’t spend much time together. I am so sad that we didn’t, as it turned out I got through rather quickly and got to the gate wishing I had spent more time with her instead. Sorry Pam.
My QANTAS flight took off a little late, but without incident. I ate and then tried to sleep for the next 8 or so hours. I got more sleep than I did when I went there, which was good, but not enough. I hoped it was enough to get me through the first day back. The food was good, and I did enjoy that, but I seemed to be asleep for the snacks when they came around so around 3 or 4 in in the morning I was starving and it seemed to take them forever to serve breakfast.
Just before hitting Australia we were told that there was fog at the Melbourne Airport and we were going to have to stop in Sydney to refuel, great, add 45 to 60 minutes to the trip. Once up in the air we flew to Melbourne, landed on the tarmac and stayed there, for another 45 or so minutes. Apparently the fog had thrown everything into chaos and we couldn’t get to a gate. Being a Airbus 380, there are only so many gates to park at. There was one plane leaving and we were waiting for them to depart so we could get to the gate, but of course they found some problems with the gate, so we had to wait longer. We finally left the plane just over 2 hours longer than we were meant to.
Once off the plane going through border security was a nightmare. There were so many people and no one seemed to know what was going on. It was confusing and so annoying. Fair dinkum Melbourne Airport, you really need to employ more people and get a better system in place, compared to the US it was a nightmare. Customs was fine and had no trouble there, finally got out of the airport just after 11 am. My friend met me and we went out for breakfast. It was so nice.
I got home just after lunch and my daughters were waiting for their presents. They loved everything I gave them, which was a relief. My husband liked all the lollies I got him, but I think he rather liked the Batman tshirt, cape and all, a lot too.
Tiddles was a bit funny, but he keeps coming to me for cuddles, which is really nice.
Last night I slept for 12 hours and feel okay today. Now I’m trying to make room on my computer for all the photos. I have two One on One’s this week, I have an article to write for dPS, and have to get moving on the magazine, so everything is happening here. I am going to be very busy.
I will continue writing about the US in the next few days, so final thoughts and such, and then I will start getting everything, well nearly everything, back to normal.