Living it up in Sydney airport

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2008

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

He says

So I am finally here. 4 years in the planning and saving (on and off) and as it stands our first flight leaves in a little less than 2 hours. 21 hours stuck in close proximity to Gaynor will be the first big test of our relationship during the trip. I might slip her 1 (or 10) of her Panadeine Fortes (she has 1/2 a pharmacy in her day pack, something which should prove interesting when we arrive in US customs) somewhere over the pacific... Just joking of course... maybe... Seriously though, I couldn't ask for anyone better to share my experiences with so I am very glad she managed to get here. Also, her grasp of spanish will come in handy as my entire grasp of foreign languages consists of counting from 1 to 10 in, not only, French but also, believe it or not, Italian... Anyway, I find the point and yell loudly method generally works well enough (what can I say, I feel it is my duty to reinforce the widely held affection for the Aussie sense of courtesy and respect).

After 2 weeks of non-stop farewells we had our last goodbyes to mum and Pete this morning and having secured 2 QANTAS club invitations we are comfortably ensconced away from the riffraff and enjoying all the free food and drinks we can. The flight to JFK will actually give me gold frequent flyer status, giving us access to one world lounges. As a result, we may begin a regular review of one world lounges between here and Thailand. I suspect that I may end up kipping in a couple of them at different times, so where possible I will rate the sleeping facilities also.  I'll leave this review for Gaynor though...

This log entry was never going to be particularly exciting or make you laugh so much that milk comes out of your nose (I'll save these occasions for mocking Americans and English). I just wanted to put a pin in the map displaying our starting point for our 3.25 month odyssey...


See ya, So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehn, Good-byee and promise to have a beer on everyones behalf before I return.

She says

Hi all,

Just a quick one from me to review the Qantas club lounge.  Here goes...

In comparison to the uncomfortble chairs and screaming kids at the
departure gates the Qantas lounge was fantastic!  I can now say from
experience that the choc-chip muffin, scroll, pikelets and raisin toast
are great (I'm a sucker for free food)!

The funny thing about this place is that unlike the domestic Qantas clubs there is no opening time for the bar, it's help yourself all day long (if you were so
inclined).  Tom assures me however that I do not need a breakfast wine
whilst informing me that Qantas is well overdue for a fatality
(thanks!).  So all in all I would highly recommend it (if you have $600
a year to waste, that's a lot of free muffins if you want to come out
on top!).

Anyways,  I'd just like to say goodbye to everyone, I will miss you all heaps and look forward to any comments (to help sedate my home sick moments).  However if you want to write a private email it's probably best to use Tom's email : because we will check that more often.

Lots of Love,


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