Total elapsed time from leaving our room in Melbourne to arriving in our driveway here in Rochester, 55 hours, with a few of those hours being terror-filled! But we made it safely home and have good stories to tell.
We were greeted at the airport by my parents, even though it was after midnight! The last flight from Washington, DC didn’t seem so bad, knowing that I was going to get two of the biggest hugs when I walked through the Arrivals gate! Then when we arrived at our house we were greeted by balloons, banners, American flags and sheep!! The sheep were life-sized cut-outs made by my friend Sherri~we were feeling the love!
And now it is 4:30 AM and sleep is elusive! We were so exhausted the first 2 nights that we slept OK, but there was no sleep tonight. I got up at 1:30 AM, did a few chores, until the computer froze up, returned to bed where I found Jim wide awake. When I told him about the computer, he decided that since he wasn’t sleeping he would fix it, which he did! Jet lag is a small price to pay for the wonderful experience we had.
We encourage you to put Australia and New Zealand on your Bucket List, we’d love to return someday. We loved Melbourne and all that activities which that vibrant city offered up to us. From Footy to Monet, we loved it all.
Our visitors kept us from being homesick and sharing the exploration of the country provided us with great memories. I look back on the thousands of photos I took and they make me smile. Koalas, whales and crashing waves make up a lot of those photos, but the quieter moments are captured too, to keep those memories fresh.
The Australian people could not have been more welcoming and open to us. They loved to hear our accent and were eager to share their love for the USA. We had many genuine moments with the Australian people and we look back on those encounters with gratitude and fondness.
The last 6 months have been an incredible life-experience for both Jim and I and we are grateful to have had this opportunity. Jim retires on October 31 and we are excited about what the future holds for us.
I’ll close with a few photos that trigger lots of memories for us. Thanks for coming along for the ride!