Day 5.2: Ariztralia

As we finish our fifth day in Australia, I am set with mixed feelings.  On one side, we are essentially done with most of the work that our trip was designated for.  On the other, we are a day closer to leaving this amazing country – which feels just like home, sometimes even better.

View from the breakaway

View from the breakaway

We’ve stopped by the control building and Boolardy Station for the last time.  We are extremely thankful for their hospitality and assistance.  The food was simply second to none; the staff was extremely supportive and constantly let us borrow equipment (we made sure to hand everything back) while teaching us more about the Australian culture.  Lou and I practiced speaking bit of Mandarin on site, I’m sure it had been months since either of us had done so with another speaker.  It’s important to note how useful the control building was.  It has been, in many ways, our home base.  Let’s put it this way, if we were astronauts in near-Earth orbit, it would have been our ISS (International Space Station).

Arriving at Geraldton

Arriving at Geraldton

After a four hour drive, we arrived at Geraldton.  A small resort town, it is right on the coast facing the Indian Ocean.  It’s been years since I’ve smelled the salty air; pleasant gusts of wind are constant reminders.  I’ve never been in this part of the world, yet it feels awfully familiar.  Tomorrow we will depart to Perth and then onto Sydney.  Cheers mate!

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