Day 23 - Melbourne to Adelaide (Oz)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Adult Kemptons are a little delirious by this stage, and run around Melbourne airport like toddlers with Dylan - in and out of posts and in running races. Short couple of hours wait for the short flight to Adelaide.

Taya naps the flight - her 6th in 3 weeks, and Dylan watches Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine on the iPad and enjoys an enormous chocolate biscuit, which is the inflight food. Rich and Emma breathe a huge sigh of relief as we touch down in Adelaide - we made it and the children did really well. It's cold and lashing down with rain but that can't dampen the sense of achievement, and, of course, the overwhelming feeling of tiredness. One lady told us this was the first cold day they'd had in 5 months - clearly arranged especially to remind us of home. Last hurdle, collect our bags .............. Oh yes, you guessed it, they are not on the carousel. We should have collected them in Melbourne, not what we were told in Sri Lanka, but the explanation made perfect sense. The Quantas baggage lady was fabulous, sorted us a spare infant car seat, and got our bags on their way to us.

Hire car collected. It's a black Toyota Aurion with racing seats. Dylan (and Rich) loves it, and jumps into the front seat to drive. Short distance to Adelaide hostel but both children are fast asleep so Rich drives around looking at a very damp and dreary Adelaide for an hour or so. We check into the first of the YHA Hostels we are staying at - Adelaide Central. It's fabulous. I'm pleasantly surprised. The travelling scene is a bit different to when we joined it 10 years ago, literally everyone is on a smart phone or tablet in the huge lounge. The drinking of boxes of wine from coffee mugs hasn't changed though. A real mixture of people. We don't even feel that out of place with the little people. There is even a toy box in the lounge. We use these, and the "chicken bags" as they are known with each of the children's toys in them. Lovely Christmas presents from Marguerite Jakes. Emma entertains whilst Rich goes back to the airport to retrieve our bags - phew.

Actually excited to go to the supermarket which has to be a first for Emma. There is something nice about buying food you recognise and have missed. We cook meatballs with pasta and veg in the huge hostel kitchen and all tuck in together, pleased to be able to concentrate a little better on Taya's weaning. She enjoys the dinner. Not much going down yet, but she is very good at picking up different shapes and textures and she noms it all down. Smooth bedtimes and fingers tightly crossed for a good night. The most exciting evening activity is a shower. Emma laughs at a sticker on the shower saying please save water and limit shower time to 4 minutes. Sorry Southern Australian Government, we have well and truly earned at least 10 minutes.
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Liz / Grandma on

Good evening Adelaide!
Just finished reading your 2 for the price of 1 installments - lots of fun for me!
How I hope the adults are sleeping now too.
Super efforts from all 4 of you and love/hugs to the boys and the girls.
Charge on!

Marguerite on

I think you are all amazing especially with that last journey. No doubt from now on it will be a doddle. Sounds as though you are all having an amazing time.
Hope all got a very good night sleep. Australia here you come!!!
Glad the bags came in handy. XX

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