Arriving in Australia
Trip Start Apr 03, 2005
27Trip End Apr 2006
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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
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
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!