Posted by: monsonmadness | November 5, 2012

Sydney – cancelled

We are supposed to be in Sydney right now. We’re not.

Instead, I am sitting in an internet cafe in Samoa trying to look on the bright side of things.

Our flight from American Samoa was cancelled, so they got us on the only other airline on the island to get to Samoa. We arrived at a different airport and they shuttled us to the international airport just as our flight was taxiing down the runway.

Inside the airport was completely empty. No one behind the tickets counters, banks closed, restaurants closed. We were on our own. To make a very long story short, there was no other flight to Australia until Wednesday, so we get to completely miss our trip to Sydney. Good news is that we made it onto the Wednesday flight and can still be there for Michael’s talk in Adelaide. The airline is taking no responsibility and wouldn’t put us up in a hotel or help with meal costs or extra airline change fees. Awesome.

The good news is that we were able to find temple accommodation and are trying to make the best out of the situation. We got a taxi to an ATM, got some cash, bought food, ate Indian food, and went to the temple this morning. Now we’re in town trying to get refunds on various hotels etc, then back to the temple again this evening.

We are grateful that we have a place to sleep with AC and protection from the rain and storms that are here. We are SO grateful that we can spend so much time in the temple, because that is what this trip was supposed to be about anyway.

The sad part is that we were meeting my cousin in Sydney, and they didn’t get the email that I sent from Samoa saying we weren’t on the flight so they waited 3 hours at the airport for us. We will miss out on going to the temple in Sydney, cycling on Manly beach, whale watching, going to a Broadway musical, seeing the Sydney Harbor bridge, the Rocks, the Sydney opera house, Sky tower, Hyde park, Paddy’s market and more.

Since I had already uploaded some of the photos to save blogging time on vacation, here are some photos of Sydney for your viewing pleasure! Looks like a nice place to visit huh?



  1. Noooooo!!!!! That really, really sucks. What a disappointment. Glad that you are able to go to the temple in Samoa. I hope that the rest of the trip goes smoothly.

  2. I am so terribly sad for your loss. It is unreal the way things are handled in American Samoa. Just UNREAL. I hope your next two days go as well as possible!

  3. Oh Helen, I’m so sorry you missed your trip. It sounds like you are having a tough time at the moment and really could have done with the break. I hope the temple proves uplifting!
    Sarah x

  4. That’s so sad to have missed Sydney. I want to cry for you. Glad you enjoyed the rest of the trip.

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