The Journey to Australia

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So, unfortunately, I spent what seemed like an eternity in airports and on airplanes, but it was worth it! On my first flight from NWA to DFW, I ended up sitting by an ag lawyer. She’s been an instructor at the University of Arkansas Ag Law Center since 1992 and for 4 years directly advised Secretary Vilsack! It was really neat! We sat and chatted for a bit. Then on my flight from DFW to LAX, Donald Faison was sitting in first class! For those of you who don’t know, Donald Faison played Dr. Turk on Scrubs. So, I finally arrive at LAX and I’m on my way to the international terminal just to find out that it’s not connected to the domestic terminal. I was quite disappointed because that meant I had to go through security yet again. Why couldn’t it be like DFW and just on the other end of the airport?! After about 5 hours at LAX, we finally boarded for Sydney. The flight was 15 hours but luckily on international flights there’s entertainment. I watched Safe Haven for the first time. It was so good! I slept most of the time. I also watched Guilt Trip. It wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. When we arrived in Sydney, I went through customs and got my passport stamped. 🙂 It went much quicker than I would have thought. Then to catch the plane to Cairns. Yet again, Qantas out-did themselves. iPads were provided for all passengers for the in-flight entertainment. This was even a domestic flight! I was shocked but it was awesome! We finally made it to Cairns which I’ll post about later.

After three wonderful days in Cairns, it was time to head to Brisbane. Unlike the others who also are in Brisbane, I was not fortunate enough to have a direct flight. Instead, I had to connect in Townsville. At least going through security in Australia is super easy! There’s no liquid limits, you don’t have to basically strip, and you go through a normal metal detector. After spending a few hours sightseeing (aka feasting my eyes on all the hot Aussies) we boarded from the tarmac and off to Brisbane we went. I read the entire time and when we landed at about 6:20 p.m. it was already dark. Fun fact about Australia, the seasons are opposite ours. It’s currently winter here and the average temperature is in the 60s and it’s typically sunny. I really have no complaints. Regardless, 6 flights and 43.5 hours of my life later I’m in Brisbane!

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About Chelsey Ahrens

I currently work for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in the Animal Science Department. I'm the Specialty Livestock/Youth Education Specialist. I have a Ph.D. in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, a master's in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's in animals science from the University of Arkansas. I love all things agriculture, particularly livestock. I also like to bake, cook, can, sew, and play with my dog child, Shooter.

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