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Travel Tales: Telling left from right

I am sitting here in a coffee shop, sipping on some berry tea. No coffee because Starbucks has crap coffee but it does have good WiFi. There seems to be a Starbucks every 100 metres here in San Francisco. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but there sure are a lot of them. I’m not complaining because of the free WiFi.

Come fly with me

Come fly with me

It’s been three days since I left Sydney. Well, actually four days Sydney time since I left home. As always, I fell sick on the flight. Long-distance flights do that to me. My nose currently looks a bit like Rudolph the red-nose reindeer’s nose. The flight was better than I expected. I flew with United Airlines and had very low expectations after I read I was only going to be served one meal on the 15 hour flight and no complimentary alcohol. There was no alcohol but I did get more than one meal. I guess I can’t complain.

Flying from one part of the world to another has its drawbacks. For starters, you go back in time. My flight left Sydney at 9:50 a.m. on the 1st of June. I landed in San Francisco at 9:45 a.m. on the 1st of June. I went back in time, people!

 

While it was freaky, it meant I didn’t sleep for over 24 hours. Or something like that. I can’t sleep in planes. I probably had a few naps but that was about it. Getting here in the morning, I preferred not to sleep and instead, tried to go out, have lunch and well, do things. My eyes fought back though  so I eventually made my way back to my friend’s and waited in the lobby for her. I think I was nodding off for about an hour before she came home. A shower after that helped.

I was in bed by 7:30 p.m. and slept through {except for waking up briefly once} till 8:30 the next morning. And  just like that, my body clock was fine.

I feel like everything has turned upside down though.

  • The time zones {you guys back home are already on the 4th of June; I’m still on Wednesday here}
  • The traffic — people drive on the wrong side of the road! So freaky.
  • I occasionally find myself looking at cars stopped in the middle of the street with no drivers and wonder what the hell they are doing. It takes me a moment to realise the driver sits on the left side and not the right. Whoops.
  • I keep bumping into people. I forget to walk on the right side of the footpath {or sidewalk as they like to call it here} and end up bumping into people walking the other direction on my left side. So many things that need me to tell my left from my right!
  • The coins. Oh my goodness, the coins. I am still trying to tell them apart and consequently, just end up giving my $20 or $10 notes and of course, that means, I get back way more coins! Quarters, cents, what?
  • With all the American TV we watch, I wouldn’t have thought I’d have a problem with the accent. But more often than not I have had to ask people to repeat themselves because I just haven’t understood what they’ve said. Even a simple ‘Can I help you’ was misinterpreted by yours truly!

I am excited to be away though. I can already notice a change in my mood. While I am missing my kitties and Mr Imperfect, I think I needed this.

I’ll keep you updated with more Travel Tales from San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, New York and Vancouver. And hopefully, somewhere along the way, I will actually find good coffee.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Zita
    4 June 2015 at 10:42 am

    oh dear, I have all of this to look forward to starting Sunday! Have a blast! :))
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  • Zita
    4 June 2015 at 10:42 am

    oh dear, I have all of this to look forward to starting Sunday! Have a blast! :))
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  • Eloquent Mind
    4 June 2015 at 2:27 pm

    You aptly summarized some of the things I found different when I first landed in the US 🙂 I agree – it’s hard to accustom to everything left when you are so used to the right. Coincidentally I flew on United Airlines for my vacation last week. Don’t even get me started on the coins – I still don’t get them :-

    Happy Travels and hope you find your perfect cup of coffee soon 🙂
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  • Eloquent Mind
    4 June 2015 at 2:27 pm

    You aptly summarized some of the things I found different when I first landed in the US 🙂 I agree – it’s hard to accustom to everything left when you are so used to the right. Coincidentally I flew on United Airlines for my vacation last week. Don’t even get me started on the coins – I still don’t get them :-

    Happy Travels and hope you find your perfect cup of coffee soon 🙂
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  • elly stornebrink
    4 June 2015 at 4:09 pm

    That’s quite a predicament with all the left-right twists: no wonder your world seems upside down! 😉 AND on top of that to travel back in time: whoa! 😉 When you come to Vancouver, I can tell you some nice cafes other than Starbucks (though unfortunately frequent around here too!)! 😉 <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    4 June 2015 at 4:09 pm

    That’s quite a predicament with all the left-right twists: no wonder your world seems upside down! 😉 AND on top of that to travel back in time: whoa! 😉 When you come to Vancouver, I can tell you some nice cafes other than Starbucks (though unfortunately frequent around here too!)! 😉 <3
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  • Soumya
    4 June 2015 at 11:11 pm

    You seem to be such a planned traveler.

    Hopefully, you get your coffee soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      5 June 2015 at 10:23 am

      Haha Soumya…no planning whatsoever. I’m going with the flow and figuring things out the day before.

  • Soumya
    4 June 2015 at 11:11 pm

    You seem to be such a planned traveler.

    Hopefully, you get your coffee soon 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      5 June 2015 at 10:23 am

      Haha Soumya…no planning whatsoever. I’m going with the flow and figuring things out the day before.

  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    8 June 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Ha ha. We did the same in KL. Found a refuge in Starbucks. Also avoided using coins as they were so hard to work out. I am yet to do a big USA trip so looking forward to following your trip!
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    8 June 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Ha ha. We did the same in KL. Found a refuge in Starbucks. Also avoided using coins as they were so hard to work out. I am yet to do a big USA trip so looking forward to following your trip!
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  • Sulekha
    9 June 2015 at 4:42 am

    Happy travels. It is the best education, makes one see life differently. Enjoy your trip and be safe. Toronto is where my heart is, my son is studying there and I miss him like crazy 🙂

  • Sulekha
    9 June 2015 at 4:42 am

    Happy travels. It is the best education, makes one see life differently. Enjoy your trip and be safe. Toronto is where my heart is, my son is studying there and I miss him like crazy 🙂

  • Julie Vaillancourt
    9 June 2015 at 8:06 am

    I know what you mean about sides of driving and sides of the road. I went to England, once upon a time. If it weren’t for all the big signs reading LOOK RiGHT, I might be dead today lol! It is quite an adjustment to adapt to opposite ways of doing things we take for granted at home.
    I hope you enjoy your vacay. Especially the city the Montreal. That’s where I’m from. It’s a beautiful vibrant city. Savor every moment of it.
    Happy travels! Always happy to read you !

  • Julie Vaillancourt
    9 June 2015 at 8:06 am

    I know what you mean about sides of driving and sides of the road. I went to England, once upon a time. If it weren’t for all the big signs reading LOOK RiGHT, I might be dead today lol! It is quite an adjustment to adapt to opposite ways of doing things we take for granted at home.
    I hope you enjoy your vacay. Especially the city the Montreal. That’s where I’m from. It’s a beautiful vibrant city. Savor every moment of it.
    Happy travels! Always happy to read you !

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