The WOO at the end
The WOO at the end is what matters.
Our seventeen hour flight from Texas, USA to Queensland, AUS ended up taking us twenty hours. There was bad weather on the east coast of Australia last night, so we had to go around the storms. We didn’t have enough fuel to maintain the rigorous safety standards, so we were required to make a refueling stop in Noumea. I know, where? I can’t tell you anything about the place. We sat on the plane (weren’t allowed to de-plane at 4:15am local time) for an hour and twenty minutes while it refueled. Since the four of us occupied the four middle seats in the plane (full flight–no extra seats to stretch out in), we couldn’t even see out the window what Noumea has to offer.
Overall it went as expected. Maren enjoyed the in-flight entertainment immensely (as I knew she would), and Greta was frustrated by almost everything about the flight (as I knew she would be). We all slept a little bit, all of it during the first half of the flight, so it was that second half (including those bonus three hours) that were *really special.*
But, after walking through Australian customs with Greta screaming like a crazed banshee, we made it: our people were waiting for us and we were WOOOOO HOOOOed into Australia. We have the best family. AND all the gear fit into the car with
a lot of room to spare. Phew.
It’s so good to be here and to see my girls here. Maren is intrigued by the steering wheels and cars on the “wrong” side. She’s learning Aussie slang: chips = french fries, lolly = candy, togs = swim suit, jumper = sweatshirt. My uncles have won them over already and they are buddies.
We went directly from the airport to see my grandmother, Ma. The fact that we were willing to go to her before showering our hours and hours of travel crud off says something about how important she is to our family. She was able to see Maren be Maren and Greta be Greta. She was able to see me, cancer-free and to see mom cancer-free. I’m looking forward to building on all of that over the next month.
Aussies: we’re here! Woo HOOOOO!