Day 1: May 28th/29th – And Away We Go!

It was a hectic day. Thankfully, our flight wasn’t until 5:30pm, so at least we had most of another day to get things wrapped up for our absence over the next 2 months. Someday we’ll work on our travel procrastination problem.

ANXIETY CENTRAL! …for Elaina, anyway…Jonny is always cooler than a chilly bin (if you don’t know what that is, you will later).

G-Unit, Elaina’s mom, came down and thank goodness she did, because we had a kitchen full of dirty dishes and she volunteered to be our scullery maid. You’re the best, G!

Despite all that needed to get done, we arrived at the airport about 2 1/2 hours early, and it was a ghost town. We looked at each other and mutually thought how dumb it was that we were so early.  We would soon learn that we would need all the time we could get in order to make it on that flight.

We approached the desk to ask a question about Jonny’s ticket. The lady pulled up our tickets and informed us that, we couldn’t get on our flight because our layover in Sydney was longer than 8 hours, we first would need to get an Australian visa.

W…T…F…?!?!

We had no idea we needed a visa just for a long layover, but immediately got to work trying to get our visas online.

Hey, Australia, your visa website sucks!  Ever heard of mobile optimization/responsive design?! Guess not.

Also, hey airports, your wifi blows.

We couldn’t even get it to work on the laptop forever because we couldn’t connect to the crappy wifi. After about 1 1/2 hours of trying, we were finally able to get our Australia visas.

We rushed through security and made it just in time for our flight to LAX.

Once we arrived at LAX, we had our long leg to Sydney–a nice 13 1/2 hours. Surprisingly, it went really fast. We both slept a lot and watched a few movies.

After a while, we went to the back of the plane to chill with the flight attendants. Seriously, you should always do this…lots of free drinks and some really great stories! One of the ladies who lives in L.A. had worked at First Ave when she was 18–after regularly sneaking in at 17!

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