Day 49 - Sydney to Oahu (Hawaii)

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

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The longest day ever. We had a whole day in Sydney then an 11 hour flight, then we started Friday all over again in Hawaii. Crazy!

Up and packed and put our luggage into storage for the day in Sydney. Emma and Taya have a stroll in the sunshine around Circular Quay, drinking it all in on our last day in this superb city, while Rich finishes the packing. Dylan is in charge of the route and plan for this morning. He gets to choose. Emma starts to regret this little experiment as five minutes from the hostel we spend 20 minutes marvelling at a blue digger digging up with road and dropping into a truck to then drive it away! Dylan is captivated and keeps moving to get a better angle on the action. We finally make it in a rather roundabout fashion to the waterfront. Dylan picks the first place he sees when asked what he wants us to eat for lunch. Good choice, croissant sandwich for the ham and cheese sandwich obsessed boy, yummy seafood for mummy and a fish burger for daddy, which we eat looking out at the harbour.

A stroll around the lovely Botanical Gardens for nap time and then a wander back along the front and into the city. We meet John to say bye and have a hot choccy. Back a little late to the hostel for a super speedy change for the airport. Poor little Taya is struggling on the bus to the airport and very out of character, teeth perhaps? Or maybe she also doesn't want to leave Sydney.

A fairly standard stint at the airport with a quick dinner for Dylan. An hour delay throws us a bit with feeds and bedtimes and we hit the I'm too tired but very hyperactive stage before we board the plane. Pretty rubbish seat allocation. No bulkhead/bassinet, and no extra seat. We are the only family with two little children on the flight and all other mums and little people have two seats, not impressed. Dylan and Taya both sleep ok, but both endlessly fidget throughout the night so the parents get no sleep. Grumpy adults and tired children is not the best combination.

A taxi from the airport to our hotel takes about half an hour. We are staying at the Waikiki Marina Resort @ The Ilikai on Waikiki Beach. It is now 11am on Friday morning again. Someone answers our prayers and instead of a 4pm check in they let us check in at 12pm in time for a family nap.

The afternoon is a bit of a struggle to get through, but we are excited to be in Hawaii, and the sun is shining beautifully. Our hotel is right by a small lagoon area which looks fabulous for us. We hire a pedalo and take to the water. Dylan is, of course, in charge but unfortunately his legs don't reach the pedals, so the adults do the hard work under instruction from the pint size captain. We all have a swim before realising its actually pretty late in the day. Dinner in a restaurant outside at our hotel has a real holiday feel. The Hawaiian band starts up, and people wander around in their Hawaiian Lei Garlands. Taya makes lots of friends at dinner as she tucks in and bops along to the tunes.

Normal bedtimes and fingers tightly crossed for a good night and no jet lag for the Kempton four.
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Liz Cheyne x on

A wonderful effort and well done E & R!
Plenty of R & R now.

Gwen via Liz C's extracts! on

Thank you once again for allowing us to share this experience. Really enjoying the Sydney part now as we have also done the Bondi walk. We can relate to so much of this and as Emma and Richard say the ferry is a great way to travel. We spent the millennium in Sydney as Jacqueline had been seconded there from the UK company she works for 6 months. Their travel adventure is going to become very interesting now with Hawaii and the States and then Vancouver, so much to digest. A wonderful start in life for the children. You must be getting quite excited now at meeting up with them and sure it can't come quick enough to catch up and see how the children have grown.

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