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You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on March 28, 2010

The day has come for us to leave Australia.  It’s bittersweet, really.  We can’t wait to get back to our friends and family, but we’ve had a wonderful time here.

After a wonderful morning hanging with my brother, and a wonderful lunch at the pub we hit on our second day in Sydney, we departed the hotel and headed for the airport.  We wanted to make sure we were there in plenty of time for our 3:45 pm flight, so we arrived before 1:15.  We said our good-byes to my brother (I even hugged him, which, for those that know me, it not really “me.”), and headed into the terminal.  We struggled to find which line was ours, but eventually found the line for San Francisco.  We got in line, lamenting our long journey had come to an end.

As we looked at the monitors, though, we saw a funny thing; according to the monitors, it appeared our flight was cancelled.

Upon closer inspection, our flight HAD been cancelled.  I quickly called my brother and let him know that our flight, despite our best efforts of preparation, would not be departing today, and that he should come back to meet us.

We talked to the United representative, who was remarkably friendly, and who let us know that we would not be departing today, but rather, the flight’s been delayed tomorrow.  Bummer, indeed.

My brother came back to pick us up, and we’ll be staying at his house tonight.  He couldn’t however, bring himself to pass his old haunt in North Sydney, “the Bluey,” so we swung by for a couple pints.

We depart tomorrow, and hopefully will be back in the States by later afternoon.  Can’t wait to be back in the Northern Hemissphere.

Stay posted.  We still have a handful of Australian posts to get out, but in the mean time, we’re stranded in Australia.  I suppose there are worse places to be stranded.

6 Responses to “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

  1. Come baaaaaaaaaacckk!! Casey is stranded somewhere right now between Sacremento and Denver, booked on standby for like ten different flights. They are telling him they might not get him home (for free) until Wednesday – ridiculous!!

    Safe travels – can’t wait to hear about your trip. 🙂

    • Bummer, indeed. We’ll be back soon, I’m sure. I hope Casey gets back soon. At least we have each other and my brother. It sounds like he’s out the all by himself! Good luck to both of you!

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