With a few days left we booked our next set of one-way tickets - Bali Indonesia here we come - or so we thought... we arrived at the airport only to find out that the guy working the counter that day had a serious power trip issue
. Because we only had a one-way ticket he refused to print our boarding passes. He informed us that since we did not have an onward ticket or a ticket back to the US we could not board. I immediately jumped on the computer, while Patrick tried to persuade him, and booked a very lengthy one-way back to California from Bali. I found an airline that would make 4-stops and thus take longer to ticket - in hopes we could cancel without charge. I booked the flight, turned the computer around to show the little power tripper we had a ticket, and he printed our boarding passes... all in hopes the cancellation would come without a fee - and it didn't! We cancelled within a few hours and because it had so many lay-overs they hadn't even ticketed it yet so no charges had been made - a good trick to have up our sleeve for future reference.
We made it through the stormy night and continued on our way to Sydney to return the van. Australia had proven to be a really awesome country to visit, inspiring us to create a sustainable and organic life. It reminded us of home and we had a great time eating the varieties of food they had to offer. We surfed beautiful waves, caught fantastic fish, and did eventually see some living kangaroos. When we got to Sydney we decided to splurge on a day at the fish market. We both tried abalone for the first time, ate tons of oysters, and topped the lunch off with chocolate dipped strawberries. It was fantastic! All in all it was more than we could have ever dreamed but our pocketbooks were telling us it was time to fly to a more affordable place.