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The Flight

Written on: Wednesday February 7th, 2007

A journal entry from: The long flight away from home.

The Flight (6 airports, 5 flights, 4 days)

 

Well what can I say, the flight was by far one of the best and worst experiences of my life, but it is one I will never forget.

 

I left home on the afternoon of Saturday Feb 3rd, my parents and I drove to the Toronto airport through a horrid snow storm, it was not pleasant at all. Once arrived we checked into our hotel which was attached to the airport and spent a relaxed last night together. The next morning we got up, had a bite to eat, and I checked into the flight desk, said our goodbyes and went our own ways.

 

My flight departed at 12:30 p.m. and flew to Detroit. Once in Detroit I had to switch flights. Let me just say that the Detroit airport is by far the most amazing building I have EVER been in. It is unreal, you go through an underground tunnel that takes you under the runway and onto the other side, and the whole time the walls are changing colors and music is playing very loudly (you have to see it to really understand). Once on my flight we flew to L.A. , it was a very nice flight, and I had an extra seat. L.A. was a cool airport, not as organized as Detroit. I had to wait a few hours to get on the plane.

 

From L.A. we took a massive plane to Fiji. It was an extremely long time to be sitting on a plane (11h), but the service was great and they had a few good movies playing. We arrived in Fiji at 4am local time, and when I walked out of the plane I felt like I had just stepped into a sauna. It was so hot and humid, you would just start to sweat instantly. We were greeted with Fijians playing the guitar and other instruments.

 

The layover in Fiji was 13h, so myself and a girl from Canada named Katherine went to a travel agency and bought a trip for a day cruise around some Fiji Islands. A bus picked us up at the airport and brought us to our cruise boat. The boat dropped us off at a small Island that took less then 10min to walk around, there we did some snorkeling, chilled on the beach and had a nice buffet lunch. It was way to hot for me (around 35 to 40 degrees Celsius, I put Spf 45 sunscreen on twice, and still burnt). The boat picked us up again a few hours later and the boat ride continued, we went by many Islands (the Island where the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks was filmed) and lots of resorts. It was a great experience and totally worth the money.

 

We the returned to the airport in time for our flight, only to find out that it was cancelled due to a Hurricane somewhere and the plane couldn?t make it till the next day. We were very disappointed and pissed off, however everyone who was on the plane was given their own room and meals at a nice 5 start resort just a few minutes away from the airport all for free. The resort was really nice, with amazing scenery, but you can?t help but feel bad cause you know that on the other side of the fence people are living in poverty. We woke up the next morning at 5.am. local time and had breakfast and then it was back to the airport yet again. After about 3h of waiting in line we finally got on to the plane, but instead of going directly to Melbourne as planned we went to Sydney first, where we had to AGAIN switch planes, everything was about 2h behind, so we missed our scheduled flight to Melbourne and had to catch another one a couple hours later.

 

So finally, I got on the plane and we flew to Melbourne, at last I had arrived to my destination ( 24h later then planned).

 

Once off the plane the first person I saw was the lady who was there to pick me up, Ruth a very lovely and pleasant person, she showed me around town and gave me a quick tour of things (the sailing club). We then went back to the airport later on that night to pick up two more exchange students.

 

Now I am in a hostel in the middle of Melbourne and the real adventure is beginning.

 

I wish everyone well, and will post more blogs as time goes on.

David

 

From Babs on Feb 8th, 2007

What! Astorville, really?? hahah wow..that's intense.. i used to live in Chisholm... what are you doing in Australia? Just travelling by yourself, or some sort of program? Can't wait to hear more about your adventure! =)

From Emily on Feb 8th, 2007

Hey there David, it's great to hear from you. Sounds like you're having a great time so far! What do you think of the hostel? Today's NDA and I think we're ready for it! Our skiers are pumper. Can you please send me the combo number for Nordic? Talk to you later, Emily (I've never posted on a blog before... I hope this works)

From Mike Hebert on Feb 8th, 2007

Hey Dave, Nice to see you made it. It looks amazing out there, enjoy it to the max dont hold back. I'm planning a trip myself around the south pacific or eastern europe so its nice to see some pictures. Cya next christmas

From coralie on Feb 17th, 2007

hmm hmm well you said your blog would be posted this morning and it's not...what's going on david? do i really have to fly down there like i said i would?