Hometime - The trip from hell.
Trip Start May 15, 2013
30Trip End Jun 15, 2013
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The airport was full of military personnel, heading home and we just had to join the queue. We couldn't see our flight on the board but there was one for San Francisco at that time and our itnerary said we would be going via SF. The desk staff called up people for this flight so they could jump the queue as time was getting tight. By the time we got to the counter we were advised that our flight had left at 6:07am and we had received no notification. We were directed to another counter and they managed to get us on another flight but it was departing from Washington Dulles Airport at 2:30 pm, lucky we had some time up our sleeves.
Arrived at LAX around 6:00 pm for our 10:20 flight, we just wandered around the terminal, surfed the net and had a feed at Carls Jnr on our vouchers. We pretty much boarded on time but were stuck at the gate for 2 hours because the plane was overloaded, by this stage we're just about over it. Finally we were in the air about midday, the flight to Sydney was pretty good apart from being so long. We even managed to get some sleep in. Landed in Sydney about 8:30am and was back on the Melbourne plane before 10:00.
Got off the plane in Tulla by 11:00 and headed on through customs, no hiccups. I went through a different gate than Chang but quickly found him embrcing a teary KezBags. I went outside for a desperately needed cigarette and gave Deb a call. Chang and Kez went to the carpark and Deb and Morgy arrived to pick me up only a few minutes later.
We are both so glad to be home, however we will miss our U.S. friends but we have memories that will last us a lifetime.