Monday, January 28, 2008

I'm here!

Well, I made it!

The plane ride was OK... it was REALLY LONG though. I don't think I could have handled much more... at least I didn't sit next to the smelly guy or the crying kids though... on the trip from London to Singapore (I apparently had a layover in Singapore that no one told me about... it didn't say it on my ticket) I sat next to Paco and Rory. They were really nice and at least I had someone to talk to to make the first 11 hours go a bit faster. Paco was from South Carolina and he was getting off at Singapore for a work conference. Rory was from South Africa, and was actually doing almost the same thing as myself... he quit his job in London that he had been working in for about 4 years and was going to Australia for a few months before going back to South Africa.

So, when we got to Singapore, I couldn't believe how beautiful the place was. I don't know why, but I always thought Singapore was a kind of desert-like place... but it was like a tropical paradise! Palm trees, clean blue water... too bad I could only see it from the airport and from the air. After our layover and we started taking off, there was a huge rainbow in the sky and I saw it from above. I wish I could have taken a picture but my camera was stowed away safely in the overhead bin. Normally I shove my carry on under the seat, but MAN can I talk about how cramped that place was? The plane to London wasn't THAT bad, but the plane to Singapore and Sydney? Awful. AND I was in a MIDDLE seat.

Anyway, when I finally got here, it took a while for me to go through customs and all that jazz, but I got to the place they wanted us to meet in relatively one piece. There were two other girls from Denmark whom were doing the same thing as me, but they came together so they pretty much stuck together. They were friendly though... but I thought *I* packed light! They came with just a backpack and a purse each. And here I was with my rolling duffel bag and purse. But hey, less laundry for me, right?

I got to the YHA at about 10, checked in, and pretty much went right to bed. I'm sharing a room right now with 4 other girls but I didn't really have a chance to talk to them because they were either asleep when I came in or didn't come in until after I had gone to sleep.

Now i'm on the internet machine that the hostel provides (1.50 AUD for 30 minutes) and I'm waiting for 9:00 to roll around before I go to the orientation meeting.

Oh, and I haven't seen any kangaroos yet. YET.

7 comments:

lisah0822 said...

i can't believe your there!!! i'm glad you made it ok! that's cool that you've already met some nice ppl. i hope you can update often...well as often as possible.
lisa

PMH said...

Hey my Bear!

I am so glad that you are there and made it in one piece! I was so worried - but you know me! I miss you already and am very jealous! Take care of yourself. Lots of love, always!
Mom

stacy122982 said...

I MISS YOU!!!!

Nicola said...

Work isnt the same w/o you karen :-( Sounds like you are already having adventures! Cant wait for more updates. At least that will pass my day since you arent on aim! HAVE A GREAT TIME!!! And find me a hot aussie! (male, taller then me, good build, good teeth, dark hair, smart, funny, but i am not picky)

Anonymous said...

Karen,

This is totally awesome. Like I said I am jealous I did not do what you are doing 20 years ago. Bridget, Eric and I wish you all the best and have a great time.

Dave

Cheryl said...

Sent you an email.. can you check your emails??? I bought tickets for may 17th at 8pm!!! :D

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