As you can tell I put a lot of effort into my airport look...not!
Well I cried all the way from home to Dad's, got ahold of myself a little bit but then a few minutes after the above picture was taken I was in tears again. My sincere apologies to the people sitting next to me while we travelled from Toronto to San Francisco, I was a complete mess. I was crying, blowing my nose and got up way too many times to use the bathroom. My recommendations when leaving home for a year is to take the aisle seat, everyone will be better off!
Suitcases were another big issue! Always check with the airline and weigh your bags before leaving home. I had 2 too many suitcases apparently and one was overweight! If I wanted to check all my suitcases it would have cost me over 300 dollars, so that wasn't happening. I proceeded to go over to the side of the airport and start going through my bags to decide what I really needed and what I didn't. Trust you will want to have already done the bag check at home! I managed to come up with 2 underweight bags and sent my smallest bag home to wait for my return in a year.
Sadly when I landed in San Francisco it was too dark to see anything and after I called home to tell Mom that I made it. I was crying again....I was the worst traveller! I boarded the plane to Sydney and made myself right at home with my pillow and blanket. I was asleep before the plane even took off! The ride to Sydney was spent sleeping, and I woke up with only 4 hours left until I landed.
It was exciting to be landing in Sydney and after cleaning up a little bit and buying some duty free I was ready to meet my new family!