First things first- WE'RE HOME!!! there's nothing better than your own bed and house after a crazy and busy two weeks away! Kent and I have been on TEN airplanes for a total of 39 hours in the last 15 days. Ridiculous! and now we're all finally ready to readjust to the eastern time zone and get back to normal Toledo life! for eight weeks anyway- and then we MOVE. I just can't believe that this part of our lives it ending.
But on to more important things- our vacation!! We set sail (or flight) to Australia to celebrate kent's soon to be graduation from medical school. We've been planning to go somewhere fun for the last four years and when my uncle dave and aunt michelle were put in Australia for a work assignment we decided that Brisbane was the perfect place for our giant celebration! We've worked hard the last four years and definitely deserved a kid free vacation! It was perfect and wouldn't have been so without the help my my parents, kent's parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, and everybody else who played a part! so, thanks a million!!!
Holy smokes. It was amazing. unreal. It was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. I took a lot of pictures. And when I say a lot- I really mean A LOT. Somewhere in the range of 1500. Luckily for my blog and you readers- I'll only be posting a small fraction of those- hopefully less than ten percent :) Good luck to you all as you read through my blog over the next few days (or maybe weeks!).
Let me begin with a disclaimer:
#1- I tend to complain about pictures with no people in them- but our adventures down under will include more than a few. There were just so many amazing places/things/animals that didn't need our faces distracting from their greatness.
We flew over the international date line and skipped sunday altogether landing in Sydney early Monday morning.
We spent the majority of our time in Sydney just walking the city and sightseeing. Hyde park and the botanical gardens were stunning. The tropical greenery- the creatures- the buildings- everything!
This picture is near the end of our day and that's why I look so ridiculous. I was exhausted. 14.5 hours on a plane and then 12+ hours walking around!
The new plethora of birds/insects/animals was definitely the highlight for me. The botanical aspect of biology has always been a little dull to me- but I love the zoology.
These Ibises are like our seagulls or pigeons. They eat trash and they're ubiquitous. I'm sure all of the Australians were bewildered as to why I want a picture of their nasty birds- but I loved them and their long beaks.
But surely the most exciting find of the day were these creatures.
The Sydney harbor is HUGE. We took a ferry across it and checked out a famous beach (Manly beach) on the other side. It was by far the best way to see Sydney. I got some great pictures and loved the experience.