The last few months before I retired from Sun Refinery in Tulsa, we had some contractors from New Zealand working in the refinery. Visiting with them got me thinking about visiting New Zealand, and Australia, so that was our first trip after I retired. This trip was in December, summer there, and that was strange, one of the stops for the cruse ship was Hobart, Tasmania , and they had the main street blocked off Christmas decorations up, and people in costume singing Christmas Carrol's, and it was 90 degrees! Neat place the people talk funny but are very friendly people! We ran into a couple from Muskogee. OK. while in Achland, New Zeland! A little advice if plannng a r trip this long, 13 hours nonstop from LA, to Sydney, we were on a plane, or sitting in an airport waiting for the next flight, for over 30 hours straight! Plan a break in the middle of the trip!
Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa, eighteen-and-a-half hours non-stop. On the way home, we landed on a small island off the west coast of northern Africa somewhere and were supposed to be able to get off the plane for a while to stretch. Didn't happen. Another airliner was broken down and all of their passengers were in the terminal. They didn't have room for us. So, we sat on a 747 just waiting to take off again.