Three little Australians..
Trip Start Jul 23, 2009
25Trip End Apr 01, 2010
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However, it's a welcome respite to be 'at home' with the family here in Perth and to catch up on everyone - catch sight of Jessica for the first time - catch a wave down at Port Beach, grab the bike for a buzz down to Fremantle and to quaff vast quantities of Australian wine thus making up for the recent dry period.
Singapore was very relaxing and the flight I allowed myself, down to Perth, was enlivened by the antics of Oz 'ockers' who were back from a spell of 'R&R' in Thailand. In traditional form they were loud, drunk and cringe making especially to the very pleasant young Australians near me but we all had a good laugh
We also rehearsed the various scenarios typical of Australian entry formalities:
IO " Have you any wood madam?" Me: "You mean apart from my head?"
IO "How many passports do you actually have?" Me: "Well only two currently"
IO " Does the fact that you are reading a book about Cambodian genocide mean we need to consider you are a threat to Australian security?"
I was in fact quite disappointed when I was waived through - no sniffer corgis weeing on my luggage and I didn't even have to take the battery out of my laptop. They obviously recognised my true grandmotherly vocation.
Next week I'm heading up to the Coral Coast for a few days as I've promised myself some sun and sea as recompense for the 5 star moment which hasn't happened as, for various reasons I decided to skip Indonesia and head for the security of 'home' for a bit.
Certainly as I look back on my journey thus far, I am amazed I have done it without mishap and TravelPod tells me I've covered over 18,000 klms and have readers in 10 countries.