Thursday, 20 February 2014

Australia holiday post 1

The mammoth journey finally ended after around 36 hours where we finally got checked into our apartment and this was the view we were greeted with.

It all started with us both running late for our mini cab pick up from April's offices near London Bridge, both had last minute chats with our bosses, surely this could have been done earlier earlier in the day… my conversation was about my appraisal which ended up with me signing a blank piece of paper where he would fill in the rest.

Anyway, back to the trip, we set off with plenty of time to spare, too much probably as the journey only took a little over an hour and left us with about 3 and a half hours to kill before the flight. Only £35 though so pretty decent and we got to see the houses of parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum all on route.

Thanks to Steve's airmiles we were upgraded to virgin premium economy for free and it really made the difference, instead of three in the isle seats, there were only 2 and nice big seats with loads of room. Due to over booking on our return flights we won't be able to get the same free seats doh! I'm not sure how we will cope. Might have to double check this as we'd be annoyed if we were able to book them separately.

The flight itself was fairly uneventful, 11 flight to Hong Kong, 3 hour wait to get back on the same plane before another 8 or 9 our flight to Sydney followed by a two hour wait before the final 1 hour flight to the Gold Coast.  I watched Kick Ass 2 (6.6/10), the Millers (6.7) and Superman (6.9, not that bad to begin with, then got too transformer actiony). I also watched some more Deadwood, Mad Men and played a game or two on my tablet.

We were picked up at the airport by April's dad where we went to take a look at their new place and grab a bite to eat. We eventually got to our apartment at about 3ish local time where we had a quick shower and freshen up before heading out for a wander and a quick paddle in the sea (or Pacific ocean, I'm pretty sure you can see the curvature of the earth in the photo).

After that we were both pretty tired but forced ourselves out for a swim in the pool.  At about 6 ish I collapsed on the bed and died till around 2am. It'll be another tough one today but I think we've broken the back of it.