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Published: August 1st 2012
Finally the long awaited 4wd club girls trip to Fiji, when I say long awaited, we only planned it a few months ago, but all 10 of us were very eager to get there.
Various methods of travel, trains, coaches, planes and cars, the 10 of us eventually group together at the Sydney International Airport Inn for our overnight stay in Sydney. We had 2 rooms for the 10 of us which was cosy to say the least, the important thing was for us all to be together in preparation for our early flight in the morning.
Dinner at the rowing club and in no time at all we had returned to the hotel for a cup of tea party in one of the rooms, only to find that some of us had a text message from qantas to say that our flight was delayed by 3 hours, so there was a bit of panic in getting taxi's and massages reorganised. Priorities of course.
We discussed some of our packing arrangements such as what first aid and medication we had all brought. I happened to mention that I had raided the 4 wheel drive first aid kit and
brought dressings along with a triangular bandage at which point a few people looked surprised. - clearly oblivious to my track record, some have not travelled with me before. Not deliberately proving a point but shortly afterwards left the room and promptly walked into the wall, Jan noticed and thus my secret was not safe and left a contender for the golden shackle award. An award made at each club meeting for the most popular trip faux pas.
It was time to retire, we were not so stressed as we did not have such an early start in the morning. Everyone's sleep had varied somewhat between the no sleep at all and the 4 hours solid sleep, but we won't reveal who snored or even who was talking in their sleep but it was a pattern that was to be followed for the rest of the trip.
It was quarter past 4 when Rosemary uttered those famous words - time for a cup of tea at which point everyone suddenly opened their eyes and agreed. An orderly procession followed for bathroom and dressing duties and well before time we were all very chirpy and waiting in reception awaiting
our taxi for the airport.
No major dramas at the airport while we checked in but getting 10 of us through is one major NATO exercise. thanks to Jan our trip leader, all went swimmingly well.
Alcohol purchased for the trip and we made ourselves comfortable in the Qantas Club lounge for breakfast. Breakfast of course included champagne - 3 glasses in some cases,but mentioning no names - we had one or two word slip ups as the champagne was "sherved".
Being a 4wd club trip we would ordinarily drive across water crossings, but this one was too far, too deep and too many champagnes to drive.
We boarded our flight finally at the time that we should have been nearly landing, but no problem we were still on our way and all still very excited.
On arrival our accommodation varied slightly from the norm of swags, t-van's, tray backs etc. as we checked into our beautiful 3 bedroom seafront villa's, yes this 4 wheel drive club trip is probably one of the toughest yet. Of course the first thing required was to slip into the pool to have a cocktail, we had to start
off the way we intended to carry on, the challenges that lay ahead would be endless. After a hearty dinner we all retired for a nightcap and a well earned good nights sleep! Or was it? Rumour has it that someone was talking in their sleep!
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