It’s been just over a week since we arrived in Australia. The trip, from door to door, took roughly 30 hours, and it wasn’t nearly as painful as I’d feared. Everything went smoothly and even the 15 hour leg from Vancouver to Sydney wasn’t horrible.
Is it possible for Air Canada to remove any more leg room? This is one of those times when it is an advantage to be short. I’m not sure how tall people manage!
During flights, it’s key to sleep as much as possible, get up and walk around, and even do a few yoga moves at the emergency exit (if for no other reason than to scare the more nervous flyers with visions of my accidentally opening the door). In addition to the in-flight entertainment, this is how I pass the time.
We arrived on time to sunshine and warm spring weather. Flying carry-on saved us from waiting for luggage, so we zipped through customs and met our wonderful hosts in the arrivals area.
Our new home away from home is in Glenbrook, a suburb of the City of Blue Mountains, about an hour west of Sydney.
For two weeks we’ll be living in a comfortable home with gardens full of tropical plants, wild exotic birds, a fish pond, and two lovely dogs.
The cockatoos visit the yard daily. They are large and beautiful and LOUD! When they want a snack, they know how to get our attention.
These Rainbow Lorikeets are little parrots, maybe not even as big as robins. They are beautiful and they are aggressive. Unbelievably, they chase the much bigger Cockatoos away! It may not be fair, but it’s nature right out the back door.
No sooner did I mention that I was looking forward to seeing kangaroos and our hosts were whisking us off to the Blue Mountains National Park! After a pretty quick search, we found a little family of 3 Eastern Gray Kangaroos, including a little joey. Not as big as the red kangaroos, these usually reach a maximum of 7′. Even so, they are damned impressive up close and personal!
Within minutes, we found more. In all, there were about a dozen roos in the mob (for my friend, Leona: a group of kangaroos is a mob). It was very exciting to get so close to these fantastic animals with their sweet faces.
What could be more Australian than kangaroos, right? I guess this makes it official; we’re really here! We’ve got months ahead of us, with some house sits lined up along the way, and so much to see and forward to!
Thanks for joining the fun.