Day 30 & 31 - Hawaii to Sydney
Trip Start May 11, 2010
70Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Hawaii to Sydney
Although only one day we lost a night on the trip going from 11 hours behind to 10 hours in front of the UK. But as it was nearly the whole day on the plane mostly all we did was sit! Plus the trip was about 99.9% over the ocean the scenery was pretty similar so most of the pictures are of clouds in varying sunset shades…
But for us there were a number of firsts. Crossing the equator, crossing the date line, new continent we've never been to, first time in the southern hemisphere, first time on Qantas, flipped from summer to winter, furthest south, furthest west, furthest east and furthest away from the UK. Nothing new for seasoned down under travellers but all new for us. Sadly though they all happened without fanfare and with us sitting in the same position just cloud watching
Set the alarm just in case but no need as it was a noisy morning so woke up at 5 or 6ish anyway. Dropped the car off at the airport – there are bugs needing attention in Hawaii too – and got the shuttle to the terminal. All very easy and civilised. Met a US guy who was living in Japan and had just started a business there doing very well he said and now expanding to Hawaii. Tough life.
We were allowed in the Qantas lounge this time as the flight was international business class not domestic business class. The things they don’t tell you on the ticket. Not sure I would have paid over £3k for the seat though, nice as it was. Although poor Tina got stuck with a hyperactive kid who shouted all the time as he had noise cancelling headphones on and couldn’t adjust. Also had a restless tapping foot but stopped when I asked him nicely. So we settled down for a 10 hour flight which turned out to be pretty good. Excellent service and two very good quality meals. Tina stuffed her face with all the puddings of course, trying to blame me again. (How very dare you, I only had one bite!) Just 'cos she’s put no weight on (verified by the helicopter check in process). Films were ok so it passed quite quickly and before we knew it we had lost a day, crossed the equator and did all the ‘firsts’ without realising
I see the body lotion ‘issue’ got some laughs, fading eyesight is no joke you know! Just as well we didn’t get round to a nice shoulder rub with conditioner instead of the used up body lotion. And we had to ditch all our carrier bags which Tina had become quite attached too. Must be genetic. We did progress though from ‘wal-mart’ to ‘pavilions’ in LA. We had to rearrange the luggage a bit to even out the cases and dumped the excess books. We also had to throw away the porridge we had bought in South Dakota and dragged 6,000 miles by car and plane and never used. That was some well travelled porridge. Hope the maids in Waikiki like it.
Tina managed to take most of the pictures today and got a bit carried away on sunsets as you can see. We arrived in Sydney just as it was getting dark and were landed and in a taxi within 25 mins. Excellent. Another half hour to the apartment on the 54th floor with a nice view of Darling harbour and we are about ready to crash.
So thanks again to Alyse and Tripti for taking time out to see us. We had a great time with both of you. And on the pineapple front, yes – probably you are right Sarah – we need to pay more attention to the obvious, clearly they had exported them all
4,000 miles by car, 100 by helicopter, 5,000 by plane, 10 states, 18 hotels, 29 nights - bye bye US, this first leg was a lot of fun!
Safe, sound, and far south
Mark & Tina