An Australian In America Day 1

Since I will be travelling around the States for the next month or so I thought it’d be a cool idea to do a running journal type thing. Obviously you’ll still get your LeBron James feed and I’ll do my best to stay on top of all of that, but also give you guys a bit of an insight into my first trip around America. So here goes.

Woke up at 8:30am Sydney time on very little sleep and a small but effective hangover. It still hadn’t really hit me that I was about to fly halfway across the world for the first time, but my family certainly were feeling it.

It was a solid hour or so to check my bags in and get through customs, I guess not a bad result.

The flight was barely bearable. 16 hours give or take and that’s a long time to be cramped up between two people without being able to sleep. I watched about 5 movies, saw half a season of the Simpsons and Family Guy and there was still 4 hours left. As I said, I can’t sleep in planes, add to that I was in the middle so my only choice to attempt to sleep was upright and directly down the middle of the chair. Not happening.

Arriving in LAX was pretty cool. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it was about 9:30am so the people were driving on the wrong side of the road on their way to work and it was starting to set in where I was. Unfortunately for me, our flight was early which meant my impending 12:45pm flight to Pheonix left me with more downtime.

I walked about a kilometre to the furthest Terminal for my connecting flight to Pheonix where I am currently staying with one of my good friends from Australia who is on exchange at Arizona State University. I sat on the floor of LAX watching the Knicks Bulls game, but as Karma would have it, I had to leave with 3 minutes remaining to get my plane, missing Carmelo’s late game antics.

The flight from LA to Pheonix was obviously shorter but by then I was so sick of the sight of airplanes and airports I just wanted to get to my friend’s place as soon as I could. Pheonix was hot and humid, which was somewhat comforting as it’s what I’m more accustomed to living in Australia.

We went for a ride around the ASU campus and had a bit of a look through Tempe where we are currently located. I found it amusing to see there were cacti on the side of the road as if it were normal shrubbery. I guess out here it is.

I’m also really struggling with crossing roads. I’ve only been here a handful of hours but coming from a country where we drive on the left side of the road, crossing the street is a hazard as I am used to look in certain directions when on certain sides of the road. Definitely something I will want to iron out before I get to New York.

I write this from the couch of my friend’s apartment. It’s nearly 8 o’clock here and I’ve slept 2 hours in the past 2 days. Probably will be a quiet night first up and hopefully ease into the celebrations later on as my jet lag disappears. As someone that is 20 years and 10 months old and coming from a country where the drinking age is 18, I am hoping the stories of ASU are true and that it is easy to access.

Anyways probably time we went and got some dinner, so I’ll leave you all at that. Sorry it wasn’t overly interesting or exciting, but I’ve spent most of the last two days awake and on uncomfortable airplanes so I really couldn’t care.

I am in Arizona until Saturday when I fly to New York. I have near court side tickets for the Heat Knicks game at the Garden next Sunday. From there I spend a bit of time in Boston and will be in Miami for the start of the playoffs, then spend a night or two in LA before I fly home in May.

By the way, Miami beat the Pistons today. I didn’t get to see any of it and it probably isn’t necessary that I did given it was Detroit and that it was a blowout. James led all scorers with 26 through three quarters. James Jones hit 6 threes and Norris Cole scored 10 points in 5 minutes as Miami moved closer to the no.1 seed in the East.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

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