sleep is for the weak
four flights down, five flights to go
Our itinerary from DC to Adelaide was as follows:
- DCA (Washington National) to Houston (IAH) on Continental.
- IAH to Los Angeles (LAX) on Continental.
- Several hour lay-over.
- LAX to Melbourne (MEL) on Qantas.
- Get through Australian customs without causing international incident.
- MEL to Adelaide (ADL) on Qantas.
We were prepared for the worst flight of our lives from LAX to MEL. However, given that we stayed up all night almost every night the week before leaving, we found it surprisingly easy to sleep almost the entire way...
Once successfully in Adelaide, we had to negotiate the whole driving experience. A book had told us the way to recognize Americans driving in Australia: Look for cars with the windshield wipers working while the car is turning. As it happens, the turn signal (indicator light) is on the right side of the steering wheel, rather than the left.
Oh yeah, in case you did not realize, they drive on the left in Australia. Did you not read the signs?
In addition to the left/right problem, we rented a Mitsubishi Outlander. While not a huge vehicle, it is large and strangely shaped, making it hard to park, drive, look at, sit in, etc. We came to like it as our stay carried on, but perhaps that is similar to the Stockholm Syndrome.
So, continuing on our day, we had to:
- Rent a car from National (a.k.a. Europcar).
- Figure out how to drive it.
- Figure out how to get to hotel.
- Spend time on the beach.
- Agree to go out for drinks with friends.
- Pass out from jet lag and miss out on drinks.
Believe it or not, we thought we were going to manage drinks in downtown Adelaide. But we made one critical mistake:
We sat down for a rest on the bed...
We went out with friends the next day...
The pictures we ended up taking on the first day were pretty limited. After all, we essentially stumbled around like zombies, took pictures of the sunset, and ate brains. Tasty, tasty brains.
In fact, the first seven pictures here are sunset on our very first day. And that is culled down from a much larger herd.