SOCCER IN AUSTRALIA: 'Getting There'
May 6, 2004
**Travelogue by Dr. Chuck Morris
G'day Family and Friends of Seminole Soccer,
Greetings from Sydney, Australia!
Our trip from Tallahassee was generally uneventful-just very long. By the time we arrived we had traveled nearly 11,000 miles over 30 ? hours. We assembled at 10AM Tuesday at the Seminole Soccer Complex and there was a lot of excitement knowing that this trip is an opportunity of a lifetime for us all. Dave Hart, Charlie Carr, Bernie Waxman, Margie Sullivan, Bob Smith, roommates and friends were there to wish us well on our trip down under.
After a 4 ? hour bus ride to Orlando, with a stop at McDonald's for lunch, we arrived at Orlando International for our five hour flight to Los Angeles. Following a 2 ? hour layover and a chance to stretch our legs we boarded a 747 for the 7,500 mile, 14 hour flight at 32,000 across the Pacific. Due to our crossing the International Date Line we actually lost May 5th-a Cinco de Mayo gone forever. We all flew in economy class and were envious of the folks in business and first class with their ample leg room. However, it was interesting to observe just how comfortable the ladies could get in the cramped aisles.
Upon arrival at Sydney Airport we were greeted by Darren and Jon from our Harvard Sports tour staff. All of the luggage made it--always a relief. After boarding our busses we proceeded directly to our apartment accommodations in Sydney's Chinatown. Our rooms were not yet ready but we were able to drop off our bags. We then made the short walk to Darling Harbor for sightseeing and lunch. After lunch Darren and Jon provided an orientation covering our upcoming week's itinerary, highlighted by the three games against the Australian Olympic team. We then returned to the hotel to settle in and to take a long overdue shower.
Later this afternoon (Thursday) the team will have a brief training session followed by dinner overlooking Darling Harbor. Then it will be back to the hotel for a much needed night's sleep in a real bed.
From Darren's orientation it became apparent that sending daily updates may not always be possible. I'll do my best to get off updates whenever internet access is available.
**Chuck Morris is Florida State's Director of Event Management and he will be updating everyone stateside on the Tribe's trek through Australia.