Back in the US (SR!)
Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
71Trip End Sep 21, 2012
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So there we were..waiting and waiting watching one person after another getting their lotto ticket and leave. It was not lookin good. Jason was looking at purchasing flights for Thursday and finding the best route. He did have time to strike up a conversation with the older woman next to us who was just waiting for her family to arrive. What to talk about? Politics of course! She was cool though. My favorite quote of hers was "And what was with that dreadful woman from Alaska - Pailin? That was embarassing!" Much agreed lady :) So, as it was looking more and more like we weren't getting out, we were planning what we were gonna do and where we were gonna go, because obviously we had no plans if we didn't get out. At one point, we were thinking of purchasing a ticket through Fiji and spending a day there before we went on to Taiwan and then to San Francisco. Then the thought of what to do if there was only 1 ticket available came into our head. Who would go and what the plans would be then? Who would get the phone? How would we communicate? We decided to hold on off on thinking about that plan. And of course just as it looked like it was completely over - they called Jason Porter. Then Katherine Winborn!! Our lotto ticket arrived. We joined the ranks of winners at the ticket desk and left all the other losers behind! We actually felt bad for this one kid - it was his 4th day trying to get out of Sydney and it looked like there would be a 5th day in his future. Oh well - we were going to LA!
And the best part of all- We got business class!!
We got to LA at 7:30 AM which was actually about midnight our time. LAX is our least favorite airport in the world. We have spent over 2 hours going through customs before, but today was a breeze since it was so early and we were free Americans again. We got in touch with our favorite people in LA, JT and Mia who moved out of the rain in Seattle about a year ago for a sunnier change in LA. It was so great to see them. They were so wonderful to us too. JT was working and Mia was at the doctor but they gave us the code to their house and told us to go make ourselves at home. So we took a snooze and a shower at their house and they got home a few hours later and we got to spend the day with them and their adorable little baby Liam who is a little over 7 months. It was so nice to just relax and chill with some familiar faces. The perfect intermediate between world traveling and the total reality check of being home. We had a great time with them and headed out the next day back to Seattle. The trip was almost over..unbelievable how time flies. We were both kind of anxious about going back home. Lots of emotions after this amazing trip and really amazing to think of everything thats happened in the past 3 months and now we're almost back to our regular lives.