Location: Canberra, Australia
Since Chris and I have decided to not post to Facebook while we are out of the country in Australia, we decided we would update friends and family through email. We are avoiding Facebook lest anyone discover we are out of town and rob our house, so now that you know, don’t rob our house. And if you don’t care to receive these emails, too bad, you’re getting them. We will expect you to have read every bit and we will quiz you when we return. Just kidding. If you don’t want them, then just delete them.
The flight over here was 15 hours long, then a 3 hour layover, and then 1 more hour of flying and then a drive to the hotel. So almost 20 hours of travel. Surprisingly, Lizzy did really well. She slept almost the entire 15 hour flight waking only a couple of times and being very happy except when we had to change her diaper in the tiny bathroom. We were on an Airbus, so a very large, double-decker plane, and there were 8 bassinets on the plane for babies to sleep in. We requested one of those seats, but we didn’t get one. While on the plane we could see two bassinets and only one was being used. The other seats were occupied by an older couple who spoke to us about Lizzy, but they never offered to switch seats and none of the attendants said anything to them, so that meant I held Lizzy almost the entire flight.
Chris held her too, but I wanted him to sleep because he had to drive once we arrived. Thus, I probably slept a total of 30 minutes in little naps. Luckily Lizzy has conditioned me to operate on little sleep.
Once we arrived Chris had to figure out how to drive on the opposite side of the road. That was a harrowing experience. I had to keep exclaiming, “Stay left, stay left!” And Chris kept turning on the windshield wipers when he meant to hit the blinker. But he gets better every day.
So far we have visited the shopping center, some restaurants, the Floriade (a floral fair), two grocery stores, and Costco. We were so excited to discover the Costco. We also went to church this morning and it was a Church of Christ. We were late arriving (of course) and we weren’t going to come in, but someone spotted us outside and ushered us in. It was a tiny congregation of only 22 people, not counting us, and it was an older congregation. There were no other young families or children. With such a small crowd and us carrying Lizzy, we were quickly noticed. They had a tea, coffee, and biscuits gathering after service and Chris and I stayed while Lizzy was happy. Everyone was very friendly and they served us this cake called Pavlova that was the sweetest thing I’ve ever tasted. Everyone who approached Lizzy said “G’day” to her, but not really to us.
We’ve learned a few things during our short time here (just 4 days). First of all, our accent is a little hard to place. It takes people a minute to realize we are foreign and then they say, “say something else” while they try to figure out where we are from. Someone even guessed we were from Ireland. Secondly, Australians are very friendly. People talk to us everywhere! It’s impossible to get out of a store without someone wanting to have a conversation. Thirdly, everyone comments on how adorable Lizzy is, leading us to believe that she is, in fact, the cutest baby in the world. She’s cute in America, she’s cute in Australia… BAM! Cutest baby in the world. She is also, like all babies here, referred to as a “bub.” Everyone talks to us about our cute little “bub.” The Rice Crispies cereal is called Rice Bubbles. The shopping cart is the trolly, the elevator is the lift, suckers are lollies, and cookies are biscuits. Best of all, cotton candy is called fairy floss.
Anyway, we are having a nice time so far and adjusting fairly well to the time change though Lizzy wakes us each day at 6:30 AM. We will update as the weeks go on. Hope all is well in the good ol’ US of A.