So this past weekend, we flew from Detroit, Michigan to Dallas, Texas, to Brisbane Australia, and then finally to our end destination, Melbourne, Australia. I never really thought much about traveling to Australia until we were asked to join the Dawn Princess for our next contract.
So, we jumped at the chance to go “Down Under”. I never really thought much about how much time it would take to get to Melbourne or the fact that we would loose our Saturday on the weekend we travel. We spent about 27 hours on various air planes across the United States, over the Pacific Ocean and past the International Date Line – which magically sucked up our Saturday night. We were on 3 different air planes operated by or in association with Qantas Airlines. Finally, we ended up at our destination… Or atleast the start of our journey.
Upon our arrival in Melbourne Sunday morning, we checked into our hotel and went to the lobby to get some lunch. A few minutes after we sat down, one of our new friends, Bill the trombone player who was also joining the Dawn came into the restaurant and sat down with us. We were watching some old 1972 championship rugby match rerun on the TV and in the middle of eating a delicious burger. Bill asked if we realized that the Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints American football game was on. We promptly got the waiter to change the channel for us. Even though we lost our Saturday and the Lions lost the game, there we were sitting in Australia on the other side of the globe having a beer and watching our home team play football…. Just like we do at our house on Sunday afternoons.