Monday, February 2, 2009

The Arrival

I have arrived.

Last week, with a board bag and back pack, I was dropped off at LAX to begin my adventure to Aus. Because I had 3 hours before departure, I checked in and sat at the bar in Bradley International Terminal. There I proceeded to drink scotch and watch the last Lakers victory of the season from home soil. When it was time to board, I did so with a buzz and a smile.

The flight to Brisbane took 20 hours including a 4 hour layover in Fiji and a delay due to engine trouble. Having slept the majority of the flight and deep seeded excitement on par with jumping out of a plane, I grabbed my bags and caught a train into the heart of Brisbane. After catching a few funny glances for walking through downtown with a surfboard, I acquired a phone and a bank account.

With my new phone I was able to reach my Aussie mate Mex and head towards his house in Indropilly, a suburb of Brisbane. There is where I would set up shop for a few days until I caught the train to Noosa. The weekend was filled with parties and clubs that I frequented on my last visit to Aus. The Vic, a former favorite venue, had burned down a few months ago but, although a few things had changed, the majority remained the same.

The ride to Noosa was filled with beautiful countryside and a bit of sleep from an eventful weekend. When I arrived I was greeted by my family away from home. Dennis Dunstin, former Fleetwood Mac manager, current friend of the family, and absolute legend picked me up from the train station. I have been staying with his lovely family just outside of Noosa in Tinbeerwa, and enjoying a bit of rest. I have a job interview on Wednesday and a call into a few of the local realestate offices for an apartment.

Things couldn't have gone more smoothly and I'm looking forward to my extended stay in Australia. Coming back has only deepened my love for the people, scenery, and lifestyle that this country has to offer. I can't wait to be a tourguide to friends and family from home that will join me in the next few months.


Jesse Carmody said...

Reading this just made me ten times more stoked on life; I can't wait to get out there!

Shir Balas said...

i'm coming by the way. prepare yourself.