We arrived safely back in Sydney on Monday, my birthday. It’s kinda cool that my birthday officially started while we crossed the International Date Line somewhere over the Pacific! Our flight was pretty easy… probably one of the best ever. I slept more than I ever have on one of those flights- nearly 9 hours if I had to guess!! I suppose I was tired from going out the night before for my bday (and sleeping pills always help). I must say… jet lag, unpacking, cleaning, fighting sickness and saying goodbye to all my family and friends are not ideal factors for having a fabulous birthday. But there is one thing that kinda makes up for it… Thai Intra. YUM. Andrew took me to dinner the night we got back and I was in Heaven. If there is one (and only one) thing I miss every time I leave this city, it’s Thai food! The Tom Yum soup has to be one of the best creations God ever put on this earth. So is my bed. I love bed and going to sleep at 8:30 is totally wonderful when you are SUPER tired from transitioning into a new timezone overnight.
When we landed on Monday, I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining and blue skies! YAY. It had evidently been raining a bunch on the weekend so it was great to see the sun! When we stepped outside the airport however, I was in for a rude reminder that sun does not always equal warm. After coming from California and Costa Rica where the weather had been warm/hot and beautiful, it wasn’t very nice stepping out into the chilly (a.k.a. freezing) cold Sydney morning weather. I can only hope that it gets better and better each day because after my brief taste of summer this last month, I’m ready more than ever to start wearing tank tops and shorts again!
I’m also ready for the prices in this city to go down. Ok, wishful thinking I know since this is one of the most expensive places on earth to live… but seriously- it has reached an all time ridiculous high in the overpriced produce department! Andrew bought 2 limes yesterday. 2 measly little limes. These same limes in California can sometimes be purchased for great deals. 5 for a dollar, sometimes even 10 for a dollar! Not here. Not in this little city of ours. Oh no. Here they are almost $6 bucks for 2 limes. Yes that’s right, nearly $3.00 EACH.
I just don’t understand.
I also don’t understand how the price of gas in the US dropped almost a dollar in the last 2 months and in this city it is still going UP! Oil prices are down, airlines are lifting fuel surcharges for passengers… but good ol’ Sydney is still buttraping all its residents by overcharging up the ass for fuel.
In happier Australian news, I will be applying for my visa soon!! I have my medical appointment next Tuesday (so they can be sure I’m not bringing strange diseases into this country so I can feed off their government healthcare) and then hopefully we’ll be going to our interview by the end of the month. Still waiting on Andrew’s roster before we can make the appointment but I’m SO ready for this all to be turned in and off my plate. The preparation has been a whole lot easier than I thought. Don’t get me wrong- it’s NOT easy, but it hasn’t been excruciating.
Oh and the US dollar went up! WOOHOO 🙂 This is good news for me. Not good news for Andrew who owes me some money from our trip. It’s like I got a giant raise over the last few weeks. I hope it stays this way 🙂