Tuesday, 26 August 2014
26.08.2014 - 26.08.2014
We didn't spend all day there but certainly a fair percentage. Got up this morning and left to Motel to drive to Nat's place, all of 5 minutes !! It was good to start the day reasonably refreshed rather than having endured the two hour drag up from the coast.
Piled our bags, Nat the driver, the two of us and the two granddaughters (20 and 14) into the X-Trail and headed into the miserable Canberra weather. Dropped off No2 granddaughter at her school and we were at the bus depot by just after 08:00. Our booked trip was due to depart at 10:00 and we decided that an extra hour spent at the airport was better than an hour spent at the bus depot. Approached the booking desk and brought our trip forward to 09:00. Just like that !!
The run to the airport is three hours fifteen minutes and right on time we arrived at Sydney International. Sadly it isn't quite grand spectacle we experienced in Beijing, Seoul or Singapore. We were going to be here for just on nine hours but couldn't dispose of our luggage until after 15:00 as the Emirates check-in desk was not yet open.
We filled in some time searching out places to eat, not that the choices were all that inviting. At 15:00 the check-in crew arrived and we joined the gathering crowd to hand over our suitcases. All done in minutes and off to Immigration and the Security check. There must be something unsavoury about me, I was subjected to the full body scan and then had my carry-on luggage checked for drugs !!
We walked to Gate Lounge 57 - about half way back to Moruya - and parked ourselves there to wait the five hours to our boarding time. I've spent some of that time writing this nonsense and built a rough photo collage of the food outlets. See the result at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-08-26
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony