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So it occurred to me tonight while dealing with the remains of a migraine that I never posted about my (entirely too short) trip to Australia to visit Cari. Which really, is a huge shame because even though I had to cancel the trip not even a few days in, was absolutely amazing.

(For those who don't know, my grandmother passed away while I was in Australia, 2 days after I arrived actually. Thankfully Virgin Australia were amazing and worked to get me back home quickly so I could be here for the funeral. So I ended up only spending 4 days there before I had to turn around and head back.)

Lets start with the flight, shall we?  )

Now for the fun part, I left Tucson at 5:30p on Tuesday night, had a jaunt over to LAX, and boarded the plane to Australia at 11:30 that same night.  I arrived in Melbourne around 8:30a on Thursday morning.  After about 2.5 hours in Customs, I finally got out to the Arrivals area and found Cari and realized, holy shit, I'm on the other side of the world *grin* We took it pretty easy that day, I mostly wanted caffeine, food and a shower.  I don't remember much of htat night other than trying to stay awake as long as possible... I think I made it to about 8p?  

The next day the real fun started, we took a lovely drive out to Phillip Island and had lunch by the water, then we meandered around the Koala Conservation park before heading to the Penguin Parade at dusk.  Yes, PENGUIN PARADE.   

A few pics...

Koala and penguin pics ahoy! )
Saturday we headed into Melbourne to grab some lunch, watch some hockey (yes, I went to Australia and watched hockey, this is my life now, lol) and then we were supposed to take a walking ghost tour.  Sadly I had an allergic reaction to a soy hotdog and that cut the evening short.  Still, Melbourne is a beautiful city and I want to go back and explore properly one day.  

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y! Aka Melbourne proper pics )

Sunday was my last day before heading home, so we hit the beach again.  Because there is no such thing as too much beach if you ask me.  We ended up driving out to Mornington and because I was a silly girl and said sure when Cari asked if I trusted her, we ended up clambering over the rocks for a good half to three quarters of a mile instead of taking the high (and smooth, easy) road along the cliff, lol.  I can't complain too badly though, it was beyond beautiful and definitely the balm to my soul I needed after getting the call about my grandmother.  

Gorgeous beaches )

Sadly Monday I was headed back home.  A 30 hour journey that can only be described as hell.  Left Melbourne at 6a with a connecting flight in Sydney, arrived in LAX around 8:30a on Monday, finally made it home around 9ish that night?  I think.  Long ass trip was long.  Too many hours in one day and too many planes.  I always get the worst jetlag coming home, this was no different.  

I loved what short time I had there, it truly is a gorgeous country, even driving along the highways I was entranced by the rolling fields and green everywhere.  Cari was beyond amazing, and I miss her more than words can say.  It wasn't quite the trip I had planned, but it was one that I will never forget.  And you bet your ass I am going back one day.... several years from now when I have put that plane ride out of my mind.  *grin* 

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