After over 27 hours of total travel time I have made it. If you have ever been on a long flight I commend you. The 14 hour leg of my trip was something else. I woke up at the 7 hour mark and was basically dumbfounded that I still had 7 hours to go. But! I was lucky enough to have aisle seats during the entire trip. I really like that because it means I can get up and down when I want without bothering anyone. Altogether it took three flights in a row – Toronto to Vancouver (5 hours), Vancouver to Sydney (14 hours), Sydney to Melbourne. I missed the last flight despite running through the airport with a lady I met on the plane. That airline runs a flight from Sydney to Melbourne almost every half an hour so it wasn’t a big deal. The lady I met was so so helpful and I am very thankful for all that she did for me – she might have made the first flight if my bag didn’t take so long to show up. She was also familiar with the airport which really helped!
Since then I have been exploring and relaxing. I’ve only been here for a few days so I haven’t done too much – especially since I am getting used to the time change. I have met a good group of people in the hostel I am staying at which has been really nice – a lot of people from Europe, Switzerland and Germany to be particular.
Tomorrow I am going on a bus tour to the 12 Apostles – that decision was very last minute. I couldn’t resist, the landscape is stunning, it’s a once in a lifetime experience and the price wasn’t too bad!
But before I leave Melbourne I hope to get to the Queen Victoria Market, as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens and spend a day in Saint Kilda. Which means my next few days will have a little more going on! And then on Monday I am flying out to Hobart, Tasmania.