July 18 – Safely Down-Under

Waiting in DTW for the first of 4 flights

After much anticipation and preparation, 19 students and 2 instructors departed on July 16 for a 4-week study abroad study of Sustainable Food, Environment and Social Systems in Australia.  The journey included 4 flight segments, 5 airports, crossing the international date line and approximately 10,000 miles of travel.

Webcam Airbust 380

Tail webcam broadcast to entertainment center as we approached landing at Sydney's Kingford International Airport - Monday, July 18, 6:30 am

One of the special attributes of this segment was the leg from LAX to SYD onboard an airbus A380.   The aircraft holds 450 passenger and approximately 85,000 gallon of fuel.  Shown is the tail webcam as we landed in Sydney.   In thinking about our theme of sustainability and the use of so much fuel to get here, Airbus states “In addition to offering superior levels of passenger comfort, the A380 provides the lowest fuel burn per seat – which allows airlines to substantially reduce CO2 emissions for a healthier environment while achieving profitable, sustainable growth for decades to come. ”  Maybe the A380 is indicative of our learning opportunities.

Spartans 2011 - Down-Under

Spartans arrive down-under in 2011

2011 Spartans “Down-under” and safe.   We’ve arrived in Adelaide and while it was 90 degrees in East Lansing it was around 60 degrees here.

Go Green, Go White… Oy… Oy… Oy… Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.

Kangaroo and joey.

Kangaroo feeding

You know you’re in Australia when the roos are in the same numbers as Michigan deer.  We even fed a few and petted a koala to keep ourselves awake.  Again, we’re all safe and sound down-under.

Luke and Jim


6 responses to “July 18 – Safely Down-Under

  1. Ellen Permoda

    Yea, so glad you made it! Everyone looks aussie awesome! Have Fun!

  2. Alexis I am so proud of you, 60 wow that sounds great right now ! Have fun .

  3. I am so proud of you Kelechi. I am happy you all made it safely to Australia. I will love to be in a 60 degrees weather instead of the 92 degrees that we have in Detroit today. Enjoy every bit of it!

  4. Hey Drew Hickel, it’s your Uncle Matt. Glad you are having a good time. I love what you are majoring in. I may visit Grandma and Grandpa again on August 19 20 21. Hope to see you then. I am just starting to read your blog. Jeff, My son is into sustanability as well. I will tell him to check out your blog! Adios.

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