In case you didn’t hear; I made it back to the States!
I had a very nice trip home. When I last checked in, it was roughly 3:30 am on the day of my departure. At lot has happened since then; here’s what I’ve been doing.
So, remember how I was going to pull an all-nighter to help my sleep on my flight home? Well, it worked great. But not without some shortcomings… while in the Adelaide airport, I left my laptop in security. What happened was, I was so tired that I forgot to take my laptop out of my backpack and sent it through the scanner. The security agent had me go back, take it out, and walk through again. Went I sent it through, I picked my backpack up and nothing else. I boarded the plane almost an hour later and had the worst feeling in my gut that something was wrong… I looked in my backpack and sure enough, my laptop was not there. Thankfully, people were still getting on the plane and we had some time before departure. I asked the flight attendant what to do. She called the checkpoint and asked if it was still there. Meanwhile, I’m in my seat freaking out, hoping nobody ran off with it. Ten minutes and lots of anxiety later, the flight attendant handed it to me and all was well. During the flight, I walked up to the galley and thanked her profusely for her help. She told me it happens often, and that Adelaide is a good airport to have that happen to you, because it has only one security checkpoint.
The flight attendants were so nice, after the flight, one opened the cockpit door and asked if I wanted to “see the boys up front.” I told her what I was studying, so she knew I’d get a kick out of that. Unfortunately, my connection in Sydney was just over an hour, and we were a little late, so I had to decline her offer. I was so upset! Shout-out to Qantas Airlines for helping me out that day.
After getting across the Sydney airport, I boarded my next flight to Los Angeles. They held me and another passenger back to make sure our bags made it on the plane. After getting the go-ahead, we boarded and the door shut behind us. I got to my row and it was empty! I had an entire row to myself for the 13 hour flight. It was incredible. I slept for 7 hours (crazy, right?) and watched two movies. We took off at 10 am Sydney time, and landed at 6:30 am pacific time. I was rested and ready for my seven hour layover in Los Angeles!
On the next flight, I got lucky once more! The middle seat on the leg from Los Angeles to Seattle was empty! I sat next to a woman from Tallahassee, Florida, visiting her niece who lived in the Seattle area. Between business class on the first flight, an empty row on the long haul, and an empty seat next to me on the short flight, I’d say I got incredibly lucky with my travels!!
The night I got home, I went to bed at 9 pm, and slept for a whole nine and a half hours. I woke up and felt it had been one of the best “sleeps” in my life. I hadn’t woken up at 6:30 am for quite some time – it was a strange feeling!
Since then, I’ve been seeing some friends and hanging out with family. Although I miss Australia dearly, it’s so great to be home. I shed a few tears as we lifted off out of Sydney, and deep down I know I’ll go back at some point.
So now you know how it all came to a close. Although the trip has concluded, I’m not done yet! I’ve got a couple of more posts I want to make, about my favorite pictures and memories, along with a reflection of some things I’ve learned. Stay tuned for more! And, now that I’m back in the northern hemisphere, happy summer!