Whirlwind of a Week

Part III

The last installment in my whirlwind of a week.

This time when leaving, my big sis was helping me. She helped me get my luggage in the car, we went and had a last dinner at my fav Mexican spot, had to swing by my mommy's job and say bye to her (she had to work that day, which was why I was glad she came and visited and we spent time with her in DC), drove to the airport, went through the international check in and she saw me off.

That was exciting and scary at the same time. My little sister sent me off from DC then my big sis sent me on my way from LA and my mom was there both times. Got a little sentimental each time.

The seat next to me is empty!! Yaaaay!

The seat next to me is empty!! Yaaaay!

Getting onto the plane was a relief! I could finally settle in and relax. You might think because of the stress of getting there, checking in, the lines, security, but no. Well yes, that and my damn carry on handle got stuck and wouldn't extend! I had to go from the check in through everything to my gate with the damn handle on my heavy carry on that I couldn't carry so I had to roll bent over with my heavy backpack and other stuff in my hands.

The first leg of my flight, just under 11 hours. Glad I have two seats.

The first leg of my flight, just under 11 hours. Glad I have two seats.

Stole my mama's serape. Shh!

Stole my mama's serape. Shh!

Bye bye LA, I'll miss you.

Lift off. Right at the start of a new day.

Lift off. Right at the start of a new day.

A little bit of fine dining.

A little bit of fine dining.

Weird chicken noodle dinner. It was alright.

Weird chicken noodle dinner. It was alright.

A little breakfast.

A little breakfast.

There was some tossing and turning and readjustment. A few bathroom breaks to stretch the legs. But I slept a decent amount and before I knew it we were approaching Fiji.

Just a mess!

Yup, this is the airport. All of it, pretty much.

Yup, this is the airport. All of it, pretty much.

Few hours layover and now heading to Brisbane, AU.

Few hours layover and now heading to Brisbane, AU.

Best view of Fiji I could get. Too bad my layover wasn't longer, =(.

Best view of Fiji I could get. Too bad my layover wasn't longer, =(.

Australia

Australia

So, I make it to Brisbane, Australia and it was surprisingly an easy ride. Phew!

I landed, took a train from the airport to the city. I had an Airbnb in Brisbane for the day and night, you can see my room, the kitchen and the awesome waterfall shower in their bathroom that my hosts recently renovated.

I wanted a little bit of time to look around before I headed to the permaculture farm I'm staying at. I went to a popular spot, the South Bank where they have a ferris wheel, the Wheel of Brisbane, and a little manmade beach where I had a short swim. I ate at a little spot there, had a cajun wrap, saw an Ibis digging in people's leftovers and saw plenty of Aussie's.

It was kinda twilight zone-y. It is just like cities is the US, just weird little differences. Driving on the other side of the road. Not Burger King but Hungry Jack, not pigeons but ibis, not Mexicans/Latinos but Polynesians, everybody speaks English but they sound a little different, the money is plastic and the coins are heavy, there are 7-11's. 

The next day I'm on my way outta town. I miss my damn train but I'm able to change it to the coach bus. The character's on coach buses I swear, it doesn't matter what country... but I do see some wonderful sights, like the last two pics above.

Somethings you just can't get away from...

Aussie traffic

The suburbs/countryside.

There's more to come. I make it to my final destination and it's an interesting place...

Whirlwind of a Week

Part II

To back track a little- while we were packing, we kept having to check and rearrange things to make sure my suitcase wasn't overweight. Even then I was worried that once we got to the airport my big suitcase would weigh too much and I'd have to take something out that I needed (wanted).

Kamala weighed the biggest suitcase while I checked in and it was 1lb shy of the limit! Thanks to Kamala's tips- put the heaviest stuff in the carry on, they only weigh the checked luggage.

I had my backpack nearly bursting. My carry-on full to the brim.  And a large red suitcase, 49lbs. I know, I know, but this is Australia. Another country- for 3 months! Another hemisphere! I went into the future for crying out loud, I time traveled!

Had a layover in Dallas. Rode the nice little sky tram around the airport to the other side to get myself a tasty salmon schmear bagel.

Had a layover in Dallas. Rode the nice little sky tram around the airport to the other side to get myself a tasty salmon schmear bagel.

More airports should have these little trams, they're sooo helpful! 

More airports should have these little trams, they're sooo helpful! 

I've landed in LA. My big sis picks me up and what's my first meal?

I've landed in LA. My big sis picks me up and what's my first meal?

I spent the next few days running some errands, making sure everything is arranged and eating at my favorite spots.

I spent the next few days running some errands, making sure everything is arranged and eating at my favorite spots.

And hitting up a few favorite places.

And hitting up a few favorite places.

Couldn't leave Cali without swinging by the beach first.

Couldn't leave Cali without swinging by the beach first.

Couldn't have left on a better note!

Couldn't have left on a better note!

And then it was time...

Whirlwind of a Week

Part I

So I am now in Australia. This past week there has been so much activity, there is so much to tell. I'll have to start from the beginning... 

Our mama came to visit!

Our mama came to visit!

While still in Maryland our mom came to visit and spend a few days with us. It was pretty great. And while she was here I had to finish packing and then I had to make arrangements with my job to begin working remotely. It was too bad that this was on Kamala's birthday, but she was a gracious birthday girl. We did have some Georgetown cupcakes (those were sooo good!) and sang her 'Happy Birthday'.

We visited D.C.

We visited D.C.

Then we went to Baltimore. We were going to have tapas but the restaurant had closed down =( We went to Chevy Chases instead and had some tasty Mexican food (also on Kamala's B-day).

Then we went to Baltimore. We were going to have tapas but the restaurant had closed down =( We went to Chevy Chases instead and had some tasty Mexican food (also on Kamala's B-day).

We also went tubing on the Potomac! That was fun! It was kind of a last hoorah for Kamala and I, it was one of the things we did there in MD that we really liked.

We also went tubing on the Potomac! That was fun! It was kind of a last hoorah for Kamala and I, it was one of the things we did there in MD that we really liked.

These are the mini burgers that we cooked for our picnic the next day. Something else Kamala and I liked to do and another fun experience we could share with our mom while she was there.

These are the mini burgers that we cooked for our picnic the next day. Something else Kamala and I liked to do and another fun experience we could share with our mom while she was there.

The beers we drank (ginger beers ;). 

The beers we drank (ginger beers ;). 

The toes we held.

The toes we held.

Just a really good time with our mama.

Just a really good time with our mama.

They also helped me pack.

They also helped me pack.

Stay tuned for part 2 in the "Whirlwind of a Week"

Getting the Word Out There

So I've been slowly but surely getting the word out there. People have been to my funding page on wethetrees.com and have contributed. People have also been to my artist page on Society6.com and purchased items. I'm hopeful that more people will continue to visit both sites and help out, making my clean water project more of a reality.

On We The Trees, I know who those people are and I thank you. You can see them on my contributor page. On Society6 however, I don't see who they are as the site handles all of that. So to those anonymous people thank you as well!!

We The Trees page: http://www.wethetrees.com/campaigns/bringing-clean-water-to-those-in-need-through-bamboo-water-harvesti

Society6 page: https://society6.com/blackmouth

I'm live!

I finally finished putting together my campaign. The video; recording, downloading, editing, the campaign content, the rewards, this blog site. Phew! It took a little effort and I was becoming anxious about getting it out there and sharing it. But finally it's done.

By the way, I edited the video myself. Hope you guys like it.

I still have a little more work to do. I am going to create and post a better example of what the art piece "The Earth Is In Our Hands" will look like with contributor names on it. Should be up soon...

It's my first night blogging

Hello to anyone who sees this first post. I've been obsessively prepping for Australia. And I keep wanting to spell Australia Austrailia. Thanks auto-correct. It's 11:43pm and I really need to take my behind to bed. But I can't stop. Last night I finished editing my video for my bamboo internship to put on the crowdfunding site We The Trees. I'm excited to share it but I can't yet because I had to set this site up so that contributors (and family and friends, of course) could follow my/Kamala's progress with our upcoming trips. Anyway...

I just paid for this site. Kamala and I were contemplating and discussing what we wanted and how we wanted it set up. We made a decision rather quickly. And now here I am adding content already.

Okay, okay! I gotta go to bed!