02.01.2008 - 05.01.2008 29 °C
You wouldn't believe the trip I've had thus far... After the chaos of packing, saying goodbye to my family (and teaching my nephew how to say "Can we go visit Aunt Julia and see kangaroos?"), and getting out of the house, I got to the airport to find my flight to San Francisco on United had been delayed by an hour. Not a problem, except that I would MISS MY CONNECTING FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA.
So... they rebooked me to fly through Sydney and get into Melbourne only two hours later than originally planned (but all the way on United instead of Air New Zealand - booooooo). I made the check-in rep promise me she would get my luggage there with me.
The 14-hour trans-Pacific flight and connection from Sydney went as smoothly as could be expected. Carried my guitar on no problem, which was excellent. Unfortunately, when I went to collect my baggage, it was not in Australia, despite the promises made to me. Thankfully after the same thing happened in Ireland, I always pack a day's necessities in my carry-on. Hopefully it will get in within the next couple of days. I got kidnapped by the Deakin pick-up person and taken to a hostel I had no intention of staying at, then had an adventure catching the Met (Melbourne trams) all the way out to the university, where I finally met my advisor and found out that I'm going out into the field tomorrow.
This is only a problem because I don't have any of my luggage. Except for my boots, thank god I chose to wear those. Another grad student was kind enough to take me home for a shower, then take me shopping for all the crap I'd need (fortunately it was mostly stuff I'd need to buy for future fieldwork anyway). Unfortunately, clothing sizes (even undergarments) are entirely different, so I had a crash-course in Australian shopping (after being up and in airports/plans for 36 hours).
Said grad student was kind enough to put me up at his house for the night. We head out to an island to catch baby seals this afternoon, and will return Tuesday or so. Man, I hope I can handle this.