Who would have thought it. The end of this adventure is nearly upon me. It had been my goal after I got ill to get to go on this trip and now it is nearly over. I haven't even thought about what I will do next. Or nearly haven't thought. I am going to try and return to work and pick up the pieces of my career again.
Pam drove me to the airport early in the morning for my flight to Houston. There I managed to book my bags all the way back to Australia so didn't have to carry them again. Two bags at maximum weight. Then I had to sit and wait for the flight to LA.
This wonderful panorama opened up below me when this flight got up in the air. I had wonderful visibility and deserts and mountains, cities and hamlets could be seen below. There were only clouds in the distance and at one point I was a bit worried as I could see two lots of jet stream above. However, those planes took off in another direction after a while.
We came in over LA and I was able to pick out the movie lots that you sometimes see in the beginning of films.
And the Storm drain that was in Grease.
The mountains stood out above the smog and LA went on forever.
I had about 5 hours to wait at LA and I made two terrible mistakes. I ate part of a sandwich I had bought at Starbucks. It didn't taste too good so I threw the rest of it away. With my change I bought one of those neck support pillows for the flight back. It was late by the time I get on the air NZ plane and I put on my neck support and got 6 hours sleep. When we reached Auckland I found that I had supported my neck in the wrong position and had a migraine coming on. And that part sandwich was off and I was sick.
I made it most of the way through the flight back to Brisbane. I had to run for the loo a couple of times to throw up. But by the time I got off the plane I was sick. I don't recommend it but I did clear immigration and customs in record time. They had me jump the ques and out the door to where my husband was waiting for me. We had to stop a number of times on the way home and when I got there all I could do was to fall into bed.
So this was the end. A fantastic trip. I learnt so much, met the most wonderful people and saw the world. Now I want to use these experiences to create. To incorporate what I have learnt into my teaching. So bring on the future.