Day 122 and 123 To Perth (crossing IDL) via Sydney Airport

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August 18th 2018
Published: August 18th 2018
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A filling breakfast looking onto a beautiful outlook at Willoughby’s restaurant attached to the Airport Honolulu Hotel and then by courtesy shuttle to our flight. Our take-off took had us with a good view of Diamond Head and the surrounding ocean. We were fortunate to have a vacant seat next to each of us on the Honolulu-Sydney leg. We watched movies and tried to sleep, with little success, on this 11 hour flight. I watched, “Beirut”, “Breath”, “The Crimes that Bind” and “The Greatest Showman”, all of which I enjoyed.

The adrenalin flowed as we flew over the Blue Mountains knowing we were in the greatest country in the world. However, the adrenalin quickly subsided at Sydney International Airport as the experience was not one would brag about to an international visitor. Disgrace, to put it mildly. Baggage carousel continually broke down and as a result the queues to get through one ‘goods-to-declare’ servicing over 1 000 people as other international flights had arrived plus there was only one carry-on bag/body check line operating to service over 500 people catching connecting flights to NZ and Perth. Whinge out of the way.

A short nap on the final leg before
being met by Sam at arrivals.

Home Sweet Home to be welcomed by Tom and Pip (and Tech). What a journey, a trip, a holiday, a lifestyle it became. Now to reflect.

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