Epic Journey

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
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Trip End May 30, 2013


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Sunday, May 5, 2013

The alarm was set for 3:30am and the taxi to the airport booked for 3:45am.  Obnoxious and ridiculous hours to catch a flight that was only going to end in Sydney 3 hours later with an 8 hour layover.  Even more obnoxious and ridiculous was the fact that I woke up at 1:45 and couldn't go back to sleep!  I guess my emotions and mind are working harder than I realized.  I'm going to try not to let it get the better of me, though when we went to leave I started shaking uncontrollably and crying...not quite sure how I'm going to get through the next few days!

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Waiting, waiting, waiting...  This 8 hour layover is torture!  Why can't we just get on our way?  Sitting at the airport, my spirits began to lift 2 hours before our scheduled flight.  Finally, maybe we can move to our gate and feel like something else is going to happen.  Looking up at the board to check our gate, and FLIGHT DELAYED began flashing next to our flight.  6 additional hours to wait.  A flap needed to be repaired so they decided to place our flight as the last for the night at 22:00.  I'm really glad that we woke up so early to get here!  Now our flight into London will be delayed which means our bus connection to Edinburgh will have to be changed.  Even just a few hours difference will mean we'll be a day late. 

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I knew there would be a 3:00pm bus up to Edinburgh.  Sprinting along the street (with Brian carrying my newly acquired spinning wheel) we watched the clock tower reliably tick past 3pm.  Even if we had been faster, the ticket machines wouldn't dispense tickets for current day travel and we had to queue for information.  The next 2 buses of the day were full and we couldn't get a seat!  As it began to look like we were going to be sleeping in the bus station that night and taking a bus the next day, I ran over to the rail station to see if there were any options there, but no.  Jet lag hit Brian like a freight train and he slept while I tried to juggle bus schedules to Glasgow rather than Edinburgh and try to contact our friends we were meeting in Scotland...Eventually, we found a ticket which drove us through the night and dumped us in the heart of Glasgow at 5am.  All the thugs should be passed out (or dead) by that time, right?

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We started a stopwatch when we left Cust, knowing that this was going to be a long journey.  With so many stopover and time changes it would be difficult to track exactly how long we'd be travelling.  It looked something like this:

Ride to Christchurch airport
Wait at airport
Flight to Sydney
Layover
Additional flight delay
Flight to Dubai
Layover
Flight to London
Transfer downtown London
Wait for bus
Bus to Glasgow
Drive to Cardona

Our timer finally stopped at around 60 hours and 45 minutes.  Over 2 1/2 days of travelling that felt like one very long and confused day to us.  In and out of airports first showing natural beauty and manuka honey products; then to kangaroos, koalas and outback; next was camels, burkas, and perfume; then finally red double decker buses, tudore homes and 'the tube'. 

But here we are back in Scotland where we started this journey from seeing the friends we've had for the last 2 years.  Let's try to wrap our heads around this...
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DannyDxo on

Wow, I've had some memorable trips between UK and Oz, but never like this at all! Let's hope it doesn't put you off from coming to Oz again to explore it further! Enjoy your trip back home, sorry we couldn't get to see you before then! love

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