Hello from the land of the free and the home of the complaints!
So it's been a crazy couple of days but I made it from Adelaide all the way to Washington DC with only a few mishaps along the way :)
It was rather exciting and overwhelming leaving Rads but it was nice to fly out through a rainbow, and even nicer to fly into Sydney with a gorgeous golden sky. Unfortunately, getting lost in Sydney domestic airport did absolutely NOTHING for my travelling alone confidence. In fact, I managed to disembark at gate 34 and turn the wrong way, go all the way out to baggage then come back through xray all over again to get to gate 37 to transfer to international. Hmmm. Saw a huge Christian group while waiting for my flight and actually thought (no word of a lie here) "oh God it's a Jesus group..."
Flight was great, no upgrade (dammit!) but sat next to Sydney's version of Prue and Trude...
Upon landing in LA as we taxied in I thought it was most appropriate that V Australia were playing Darwin Deez Constellations...
Waited AGES in immigration and was entertained by a video depicting an 'English' traveller declaring his whiskey. Ahahaha! Watched an Aussie couple get split as they escorted the guy away... poor things weren't all there and it made me a little nervous wondering where they'd taken him! When I went through, the immigration fellow asked me multiple questions about how long I was staying and where I was going. I was starting to get a little nervous until he began to give me tips on where I should visit from the East Coast... "Delaware, Baltimore, Philaphelphia, Maryland..."
First thing I did after dumping my stuff in my hotel at LAX - pilates with the XX followed by a spa... bliss :)
Left for my flight to Washington at 5am. Airport mayhem. Everyone had to take shoes off to go through xray so with my leggins and singlet on, I looked like I was about to do a yoga class. I was however, EXTREMELY happy and excited to find that not only was there tvs for each seat (like international) but the TV was FREE and, the best thing, I had perfect timing, as the England v Germany match was just starting as we took off. I was jumping around in my seat watching! Damn Germany, made England look like a bunch of over 35's. Steve McManaman agreed with me.
By the time I made it to the hotel in DC, I was pretty tired. Took a walk, then by about 7:30 I was struggling to keep my eyes open and was asleep by 8. Darren got in around midnight.
Spent today walking, walking and more walking. It was seriously hot. Visited the White House where Darren informed me that all the trees were bugged at which point I stopped saying the word 'assassination', walked to the Lincolm Memorial and all the way down National Mall past the Washington Monument and to Capitol Hill. Then we walked to the National Archives and had a look at the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Consitution. None of which interested me in the slightest I must admit. Blehhhh the whole place was a big piece of American Propoganda.
Dad you would have hated the weather today, hot all day with a big downpour this afternoon making it hot and muggy. Euugghh.
Right, off to savour some Santo, Sam and Ed while I have internet!
Miss you all, wish you were here... xo