We finally made it!

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End Apr 27, 2011

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Andrew's Mother's Cousin's place.. in Northwich

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Friday, April 1, 2011

So after around 27 hours on 3 different flights.. we finally arrived in Manchester! Such a relief to be on solid ground!

The trip was probably about as pleasant as a 27 hour odd trip could be. Emirates were a top quality airline though.. great service!

We stopped in at Singapore on our way to Dubai.. a stop I hadn't realised was a scheduled stop on the first flight. I'm not complaining though. It was nice to be able to leave the plane and head to the smokers area for a few minutes - a cactus garden with a bar! Singapore airport also has free internet terminals scattered all over the terminal. Quite handy.

After Singapore.. and quite a few more hours flight time.. we arrived in Dubai. We didn't have a great deal of time to go exploring.. but the Emirates airport is HUGE. According to wiki.. it's the largest building in the world (in area). I'm not surpried. Walking from one end to the other would probably take you about 45 mins! Yes.

I bought a box of 5x 50g Drum tobacco pouches and 15x Rizla Packs for approx $15AUD. The equivalent back home would probably set me back around $150! Not bad huh? Duty free shopping in Dubai is definitely a winner!

I spent about 30 mins searching for the smokers area. I found it.. a tiny little room around the size of an average sauna.. full of smokers and even more smoke. One need not light up to get their nicotine fill. It was nice to have a conversation with a fellow traveller. Us smokers band together you see ;D

And another flight.. 7 hours or so and arrived in Manchester. We were met at the airport by a relative of my travel buddy Andrew - his mother's cousin Colin and partner Annalise - lovely people! We stopped at a great Chinese restaurant for dinner before heading back to their house to relax with a few bottles of chiraz.

And that's where I'm at right now. I will upload photos tomorrow.. I promise!

We are off to Chester tomorrow.. and possibly a side trip to whoknowswhere!! We'll see..

Time to stop being antisocial.. see you.

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