What day is is?

Trip Start Mar 30, 2011
Trip End Apr 12, 2011

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Sebel Hotel St. George Square

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, April 1, 2011

I"m sure everyone who has ever traveled to this part of the world has the same experience but it really is strange to lose a day.  The calculation goes like this:  Add 6 hours (if you're in LA ) and then subtract a day - that's all there is to it...or take Australian time and subtract 15 hours and voila - the time in New York.  It's so easy, I'm ready to do a conference call. 

We landed at 6:30 a.m. (Australian time) after a relatively short flight of 13hours 50mins.  I had heard all these horror stories about flying to Australia - "Oh my God - it's 22 hours".  "It took me 28 hours!"  "Dude - you're on a plane forever - like 2 days"  Well, that last one is possibly true given the fact that at some point, time skips forward - you took off at 11:00 p.m. on the 30th and your arrived at 6:30 on the 1st of April.  Anyway.  We entered Brisbane with our 80 year old driver, Reg - who was 30 mins late but who disarmed us with his narration and charm.  Yes, it's true:  the people really are that friendly. 

After checking in and meeting some of our fellow Supa Nova Convention travelers (Charisama Carpenter, Clare Kramer, Tom Felton, and Tahmoh Penikett, we finally got our room and unloaded, made a quick plan and then headed out to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary a 20 minute bus ride away. The sanctuary was rated #1 on the Trip Advisor placs to see and I have to say, it was worth it.  Yes, there were Koalas but more importantly there were dingoes and bats and wallabies and kangaroos and tasmanian devils and heaps of cockatoos. And most importantly, Hugo got to see a platypus.  There was only one but they are solitary creatures apparently.  The ranger came in and gave a presentation and Hugo asked around 11 follow-up questions, like the brightest kid on a field trip. 

The bats were actually flying foxes and they were amazing.  Didn't get a shot of them because by the time we came back to see them a 2nd time, it was raining too hard.  The rain started just as we were seeing the dingoes and so we ducked into the pavilion and cafeteria and waited it out with a delicious ham and cheese sandwich with chips. Hugo was scandalized to discover that the kietchup cost extra.  Hugo can't eat most things without ketchup so this may prove to be a very expensive trip. I have to say, Australia is more expensive than I would have thought. 
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