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Published: December 29th 2013
After a smooth and uneventful flight we touched down at Tullamarine about 15 minutes ahead of schedule. We used the Immigration Smart Gate which was pretty easy and much faster than waiting in the other queues - Australians with non-chip passports and Other Nationalities. We stocked up on duty free alcohol and then proceeded to the baggage carousel where there was a public servant calling out instructions and trying to keep the new arrivals calm and patient while they waited for their bags after a long overnight flight. There was something about his tone though that I think was fraying more nerves than it was soothing??!
Bags in tow, we did the right thing and declared our reindeer antler and birch wood souvenirs and the fact that we had been in a wilderness area where there were reindeer. Sometimes I wonder why I am so compliant about this sort of stuff. They didn't even really look at our boots or the birch wood item and the reindeer antlers got only cursory glance before we were waved on through without so much as a thank-you. I think they were all a bit antsy about a whole lot of foodstuffs that had just been confiscated and some more that I think were about to be.
We took the courtesy shuttle back to Jetport parking, collected the car and drove home to be greeted by two happy Golden Retrievers. Ah, covered in dog hair again!!
According to the daily tally of steps / kilometres that I have been keeping with my Fitbit
activity tracker, in the last five weeks we have covered 344 kilometres ON FOOT. To put that in perspective, it is like we walked from Hallam (in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs) to the Victorian border at Albury!
That's All Folks!
Tot: 0.096s; Tpl: 0.038s; cc: 7; qc: 24; dbt: 0.0147s; 1; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.2mb