The stop over in Vancouver was a quick one. The only excitement here was Bekka and I being too shy to say hello to the four border security guards we recognized from the TV show Border Security Canada! Maybe on the way home with our hardware?!?
It is safe to say that we lucked out on our 14.5 hour flight between Vancouver & Sydney! All 8 of us who traveled together were able to stretch out across multiple seats and get a lot of sleep. The plane was literally less than half full and we were very thankful for the extra pillows and blankets that were laid out on each seat. When we would occasionally wake through the night it was clear to see that everyone else had the same idea. Very few monitors were lit up to break the still darkness of the cabin. The cabin flight crew who took care of us got a chance to sit and rest as well. We were all just a bunch of strangers sleeping soundly as we crossed the ocean heading to our Aussie destination. It is highly doubtful that we will have the same experience on our respective flights home.
Once in Sydney we were just one more quick (2 hours) flight to Adelaide, our home for the next week and where we will compete in the Club Crew World Championships. We are staying in an apartment complex. We've certainly lucked out here too! Spacious and quaint at the same time. Full kitchens so we don't have to eat in restaurant every meal. Comfy beds, laundry facilities in suite...all the comforts of home!
Our little group had just a few more hours of "alone time" together and many of us went and enjoyed a nice dinner together. A lovely little place around the corner. Excellent food, but they need to consider changing up the musak. As we left to stroll home from the restaurant we were all humming "Strangers in the Night" after hearing the musical rendition played repeatedly for the hour we were there.
On our stroll we located an Aussie version of a "Party Store" and loaded up so we are prepared for the end of racing on April 3rd! We'll call it "incentive"!
Back at our apartments we patiently waited for the bus carrying our teammates to arrive. Our apartment is directly over the lobby and it wasn't hard to know when they got here. Familiar voices wafted up to our window. We rushed out to see everyone as they filed off the bus. Big hugs were exchanged, they were happy to see us and we are very happy to be reunited with them as well. We are now complete!
We settled in for the night and our roomy, Glynis, caught us up on what the training week was like...living in a hostel with 8 bunks to a room...all the different and "interesting" noises heard throughout the night, in the room and out the windows.
It was not long after we were sound asleep and getting rested for our first on-site practice.
Night all!...or, Good morning! Where every you are in the world reading and keeping up with us!