My grand plan was to post this on Monday, but as some of you know our flight from Arcata was cancelled, so we had to leave 2 hours earlier. A bit of chaos to say the least. We had a make shift party at the airport, Eli garnering the largest number of fans. As Tom put it, this leaving stuff is "buttering his popularity toast"
anyway, into the skies we sailed and then from El-lay to Sydney and on to Brisbane. We packed our rented van chock a block full with our 17 (really) bags.
After delays too boring to mention we arrived here at 6 Wunnunga Crescent, Yaroomba Qld 4573 early evening. It is a fabulous house and we love it. Picture large grins on all Perretts.
so on day one at our new abode we are still working on connection to U.S. issues like internet and phone. We've been in the pool for a dip, to the beach where Eli caught some waves and thinks he's daydreaming that we actually live here, and to the IGA to get groceries.
It is hot, about 85, breezy and humid.
Coolum High's first day is January 27, following January 26 which is Australia day, which sounds similiar to Columbus Day here. It is also called "invasion day" it marks the anniversary of the brits ariving in Syndey 300 some years ago.
as we this this adventure, we have a range of emotions: excitement, trepidation, panic, sadness, anticipation.......and more. We have been planning for a year and now the day has arrived!
What we will miss: first of course, our incredible friends. the plaza. Fahrenheit measurements. my sewing machine. Los Bagels. ease and convenience. our home. seeing so many friendly faces almost anywhere we go. chai from the frozen yogurt shop.the redwoods. our friends.
what we will gain: a perspective of the world that is not American, ear training for an unfamiliar dialect, a broader understanding of an educational system in another country, an opportunity/requirement that the other 3 people in my family learn to cook,watching out the window for 'roos, new friends,more family time, unforeseen challenges, lots of time to read.
photos coming soon......