03 Jan Safe and sound and really confused…
The long days of traveling weren’t as bad as I thought they would be. (17 hours is still way too long though)
I left the El Paso airport at 3:30pm on December 30.
I arrived at LAX at 4:45pm with the hour time change.
My flight on Fiji Airways didn’t leave LAX till 9:30pm. So in the meantime I got my currency exchange and hung out…And freaked out. A lot.
The flight was 10 hours. Luckily it wasn’t packed so I got to spread my limbs throughout the flight. I slept a good amount of it. I watched 2 movies and slept through one. We had two full meals. Dinner and breakfast. There were a lot of honeymooners it seemed like. It was cute and I was a little jealous. Then I remembered I’m on a year long honeymoon with myself.
I arrived in Nadi, Fiji at 5:30am on January 1, 2016. So somewhere through the previous flight I celebrated New Years. Hopefully it was when I was awake. But I have no idea. And nobody was too concerned that we had just missed it. In my head I imagined people popping champagne on the flight. That was a far fetched dream.
My flight then left at 7:30am and I arrived in Brisbane at 9:30am.
Holy smokes. It was a whirlwind. But everything was smooth and easy. I got in an über and made it to my hostel.
The first day i decided to explore the city by foot. I walked aimlessly because I had no idea where I was going or where I was at and that was okay with me. I made it down to South Bank which is the downtown. It has bars and restaurants and a man made beach.
The next morning I met a girl that was on the bunk above me, she was from Canada, 18, and had been in Australia for 2 months. She invited me to go to the Australia Zoo. So because I have no idea what I’m doing and have zero plans I said yes! We jumped on a train and rode it to a town called Beerwah. This is the zoo where Steve Irwin worked, it was an awesome experience and I made my first fiend. Double bonus!
On my second day, my Canadian friend and I took the train to the Gold Coast. I got my phone set up, thank goodness! So now I have an Australian number! Yay! I can still be reached through Facebook of course, but I have been texting calling and sending pics to my family on the whatsapp app. If you want to join in on the adventures download it!
We walked down to Surfers Paradise and I finally got to put my toesies in Australian waters!
Thank you all for the prayers, positive thoughts and encouraging words! They have been used and heard more than you know. This has been the most thrilling and scariest thing I have ever done. So keep sending them!
Stay tuned, I’m on the move again!
“Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly.”