Published: December 5th 2011December 4th 2011
We departed Townsville at 5:50am Saturday 3rd of December, having not slept much the night before due to nerves and excitement. That plus 47 hours of travel time to get to Georgia equals some fairly shifty writing, the word tired does not cut it.
When we arrived at Townsville Airport we were surprised by Nell and Ian, Aarons aunty and uncle who has driven from Mackay to see us off. My boss and his daughter Ashlyn who I taught this year also surpised us to say goodbye - this was really special and meant alot, thank you! After lots of tears we were off! We flew into Brisbane and spent some time with my mum and brother before heading to Cairns and then onto Hong Kong (yes we know, what the hell!).
Whilst in Hong Kong we faced the toothpaste saga - Aaron said he had packed the toothpaste and he thought I had packed the toothpaste, the result = really bad breath and fury teeth with still 24 hours to travel - we did after much frustration find toothpaste ! ADDIT (Aaron) Mikaela unhappy with me at this point, walked off in search of toothpast leaving me with
Miki chatting up the Turkish icecream kid
all the bags. She returned 40 minutes later sat down and refused to talk about it. So I decided to go for a walk and 10 minutes later we had tootpaste and weird chinese lollies at hand.
After Hong Kong we travled to Istanbul where we had an 8.5 hour lay over, the airport was lacking in comfortable chairs or lounges which made for a frustrating time. We did enjoy some turkish ravioli and turkish ice cream, which were delicious - see picutures below
. Aaron got his first 20 minutes of sleep at this point on a cafe table.
We arrived In Georgia after a slight delay at 7:00pm, we were welcomed by a TLG (Teach and Learn with Georgia) representaive who was really nice. We also met Alex another Australian who is part of our group, we are the only TLG members to arrive at this point. When we got to our hotel which is really nice and where we will be staying for our first week in Georgia for orientation. We were shown to the hotel restaurant where a feast was prepared for only the three of us (see pictures below)
, including the famous Georgian cheese
As it was nighttime and the hotel was basically emtpy Aaron mentioned that it seemed like a scene from the shinning, which was an accurate call minus 4 year old possessed twins cycling down the hallway singing in harmony with knives in hand. Having not seen the movie myself I have missed the relevance of what Aaron wanted me to type in the previous sentence, it sounds like a stupid movie to me.
We have now had warm showers and are getting ready for some well needed sleep.
There are more photos below