Arriving in Australia

Trip Start Apr 03, 2005
Trip End Apr 2006

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Thursday, April 7, 2005

It was a very emotional week of moving, bidding farewell to my wonderful family, friends and coworkers prior to my departure. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support.
My departure from Winnipeg was a few minutes late, but knowing that I would have 7 hours to kill in Vancouver, I was in no hurry. Apparently my "ascention" onto the sky was archived by my boyfriend, Reg, who always happens to keep his video recorder. However I do not think it would be suitable for viewing, as I am sure the plane's motor is probably muffled by someone's uncontrollable weeping. The time in Vancouver was consumed by me trying to relearn crocheting, and thinking that maybe I will make a scarf instead of a blanket. I then managed to survive the almost 14 hour ensuing flight as well as find my connecting flight within the 40 minute allotment that took me from one end to the other of the Hong Kong Airport. In between movies ( I watched 7 in total), and after 5 1/2 hours, I lifted the window shade and got my first glimpse of Australia's northern coast. It was very exciting to know that I was now looking and flying over Australia and that Sydney was now only 3 1/2 hours. Arriving in Sydney was in the dark of night, however I was able to recognize the lit outline of the Opera House as well as the Harbour Bridge. I tried to get a picture, but was too late and didn't have my camera set for night so that did not turn out so well. Again, another emotional moment for me, which caused even greater fumbling around in the dark.
Being informed in Hong Kong that Australia frowns on one way ticket, and the fact that I was "smuggling" in some Canadian Maple Cookies, I was relieved that going through customs was a breeze. I was greeted warmly by the Director of Nursing and his daughter who were both holding up Candadian flags with my name next to it.
Having watched the Sydney/Bowral internet weather, I was surprised at how warm it was at 8 in the evening. The ride home I had an uncontrollable urge to grab the steering wheel from Dennis, the director of Nursing" and place the car on the "right" side of the road and I saw my first kangaroo crossing sign.
I was able to do a bit of grocery shopping and discovered not too much differences in price or types of food.
On arrival to my new home, I met my new room mate who was on her way to work the night shift. I was shown around the house, and then I was left alone. The house is situated on a former boarding school ground, The school still operates during the day which makes for a very quiet and isolated enviornment at night. The house is large, completely furnished and has all brand new appliances. Not too shabby! I picked my bedroom out of the 3 remaining, moved all my luggage in, made a few phone calls, then promptly fell asleep on the couch in front of the TV.
In the morning I was wakened by odd sounding screeching birds and bright warm sunshine. I got a better look at the grounds, and it is very large and impressive, and beautifully landscaped.
The town of Bowral is everything as it had been described in my readings. Lush, thick, green fauna, flora, gardens and parks everywhere. Beautiful stately homes.
Wonderful and quaint little shops line the popular "Bong Bong" street. People were out on the patio cafe's enjoying food and drinks.
I made a wrong turn on a "round-a-bout" and ended up walking a long way out of my way, so got an extra added tour, as well as sore feet.
Today, I was given a tour and introduced to a few of the staff, who all welcomed me warmly and will officially start work tomorrow!
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