Perth is 16 hours ahead of LA, and 13 hours ahead of Virginia, which means I will arrive on the same day I depart, as I fly across the world. Typing this at nearly 8pm, it's only 4am in LA. Come Monday night (or rather, Tuesday morning), I will leave for the airport around 3am for my 5:20am Virgin Australia flight to Melbourne, where I will switch to my international flight of 14.5 hours. Depart at 5:20am, arriving at 9am on the same day to LAX! I'm not dreading the flight too much because I am not flying on any of the terrible U.S.-based airlines. Even the local budget airlines in Australia beat out American, United, and Delta. I'm not dreading it because the end result of Yogaville is so worth it!
There is still so much to do in Oz and NZ, so I will have to return! In the meantime, there are these awesome spiders that hang out on the lemon tree and prevent the flies from coming inside when I leave all the doors open. Another aspect of life in Oz I will miss: leaving the doors wide open and unlocked and not worrying about thieves or rapists coming in the house. It's so wonderful to live in a non-violent society!