There's No Place Like Home
Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
84Trip End Mar 24, 2011
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I have to say that the amount of flying I've done over the past several days has managed to give me a case of jetlag like I've never experienced before! I left Sydney, Australia on the evening of the 22nd and flew for 14 1/2 hours overnight to Dubai. Morpheus did not favor me with sleep on this overnight flight; however, and despite trying really hard to count sheep and whatever other animals I could conjure up, I could not fall asleep on this long flight.
Arriving in Dubai at 5 AM local time, I managed to stumble around the airport shops a bit - hard to believe they were open at that hour, but they were
After 4 hours in the airport in Dubai, I was off again on an 8 hour flight to London. Thankfully I was again flying Emirates, my favourite airline with its fab food, lots of legroom and great movies! I flew over Baghdad, Basra, Prague and Amsterdam and was able to see some of the landscape when the weather was clear which was really cool!
I landed at Heathrow mid-afternoon on the 23rd and as you can imagine, was fairly delirious and sleep deprived! I grabbed my luggage, whizzed through my old favorite, Marks and Spencer, for some munchies and headed off to a nearby airport hotel for some much needed R&R before the next leg of my journey. I had a great room at the Heathrow Holiday Inn - very close to the airport (I could watch planes taxiing but because of triple-glazed windows, couldn't hear a thing)! It sure felt good to put up my feet, enjoy some delicious M&S strawberry scones and watch some mindless TV
On the 24th, I was off again - over to Heathrow and checked in for my late morning flight to Halifax. Heathrow is a great little spot for browsing and shopping - I stopped by the Harrods shop and picked up a few very British goodies before preparing to board. Sigh.... no more Emirates luxury this time - it was back to dull, basic and generally poor customer service-oriented Air Canada. Less seat room, teeny tiny TV's and of course, mix-ups in my meals that come with an argumentative flight attendant for no extra charge :) The highlight of this 7 hour flight though was a great chat with an interesting seat-mate. The conversation started with our mutual disdain for Air Canada's appalling service but morphed into a great chat in which we pretty much identified and sorted out the world's problems and solutions. My seatmate on my homeward flight is a published author from Oxford who spends quite a bit of time in Nova Scotia and wrote much of his recent book here. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy and reading it as it is influenced by his love of genealogy, which is also a hobby (a.k.a. 'obsession') of mine. His website is:
It was exciting to near our destination but I have to admit, I groaned inwardly a bit when I saw the snowy landscape as we flew over Newfoundland
And so this journey ends for now. Each day was a gift and I feel very lucky to have seen and done so many things in so many places. I met people that I hope I will always keep in touch with as their kindness and generosity have touched me deeply. These past several months have given me a better appreciation for some of this vast world and a stronger attachment to home. That being said, I am so looking forward to going back to some of my destinations someday and to sourcing out new adventures in the future. For now, though, I can't wait to sleep through my jetlag and then get back to those routines and activities I have been missing right here at home.
Thanks for coming along on my adventure with me - I never felt lonely despite travelling alone as I knew that so many friends and family members were sharing the experiences with me :)