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Sydney to Canberra - Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

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We both had a good night's sleep and after breakfast we realise that we could probably make the 8.30 bus, instead of the 9.30 one we are booked on. I always do a fully flexible booking, just in case we want to change. So we drag all our luggage over the road to the bus stop, only to be told that the 8.30 is full, but if there is a 'no show', then we can have the seats. This doesn't excite me much because it would probably mean sitting next to a stranger, not together. Not that I can't stand to be separated from my husband, far from it after six weeks together (!), but I always go to sleep on a bus and it's a bit embarrassing waking up, leaning all over a stranger!

It's quite pleasant sitting outdoors in the cool, fresh air, watching the passing parade. Most people have arrived on overnight flights and they look like zombies.

We board the bus at about 9 and then it departs at 9.15, instead of 9.25 and it's not full but we're on our way, back to Canberra.

We hardly make it to Campbelltown and I'm asleep, waking three hours later just as we enter the outskirts of Canberra. Good trip and Phil has been asleep too.

We caught a taxi home, unpacked the bags, did the washing, bought the essential groceries until I have more time (and feel like it) on Saturday. The weather is quite cool. A quick check around the garden and the indoor plants reveals that the tank is full, the rain gauge shows we've had three inches of rain, one shrub is dead and my pot of bamboo is dead. It's was a bugger of a thing anyway, needing a drink every single day. I actually thought bamboo was hardier than that.

Back to cooking and domestic chores and into bed early as I go back to work tomorrow.

This has been an extremely memorable and satisfying trip, and relaxing. Not moving every day, rather two nights on QE2 in Dubai, 21 sailing on QM2, five days in Cornwall, 11 days in London and finishing with four days in Windsor.

Our trip on the Queen Mary 2 was amazing. Total luxury and you can tell that by the size of our waistlines now! We were totally indulged and met some lovely people, however, we are thinking that this was a "one off" experience for us, perhaps until we are so old, that we can hardly move. Cruising is great but if you want to visit and experience a country properly, then the only way to do that is by a land tour.

It was lovely to spend time with the rellies in Cornwall. It is such a beautiful place - so green. St Michael's Mount has become my nemisis - twice there and still yet to climb to the top! Maybe next time.

London - well London is London. It is vibrant, full of history and there is magnificent architecture everywhere you look. The buildings are stunning. The weather is always the same - unpredictable - warm one minute, cool the next - always wear layers. We used Uber taxis a lot in London and that worked very well. We didn't bother wi

Windsor was ALIVE with media everywhere, waiting for news of Royal baby Sussex. It was the first time Phil had been to Windsor and he just loved it. It really is a nice place.

All our hotels were great - big rooms with plenty of space and a bath!

No more overseas travel for us this year, just a couple of trips to Queensland which we are both looking forward to, especially me.

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Sydney to Singapore - Saturday, 23 March 2019

We're off to Dubai via Singapore


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We both had a reasonable sleep last night. The bed and pilows were great and a few champagnes certainly helped. We were planning to get up at 5.45 am, have breakfast at Rydges and then walk across the road and check in. What were we thinking? It is true that alcohol addles the brain!!

We just didn't have the time to do that so we showered and dressed and came straight to the airport, checked in, passed through security and as usual Phil got a red light and had to be processed at the counter. It happens every time! One of the staff told me it is his height or his beard.

Anyway we had a light breakfast in the Singapore Airlines Lounge with only an hour to spare!

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For weeks now, since I have been starting to pack, I have been worried about the weight of my bag. We are allowed 30 kgs. Phil's was 20 and mine was 24.4 kgs which wasn't too bad considering what I have jammed into it.

We boarded the flight and we were both seated in the exit aisle of Premium Economy but I was near the window and Phil was in the centre aisle section. So when a nice young man took up his seat next to me, Phil asked him to swap seats and he did. The only problem with sitting in that row, is that all your bags have to be in the overhead lockers ALL the time and they are so high I can't reach them, so it's a bit of a nuisance.

We had two meals on the flight which were okay and I slept a lot and read my book "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtney and Phil watched three movies. The plane was full.

After eight hours flying, we landed in Singapore with only one hour stopover before our flight to Dubai.

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Canberra to Sydney - Friday, 22 March 2019

On the road again!

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We had a very relaxed morning with plenty of time to do the last minute jobs of clearing out the fridge, checking the doors and windows, giving the neighbours the letterbox key and a quick snack before our lovely neighbour Gerry arrived in his truck to take us to the Jolimont Centre to catch our bus to Sydney.

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Bye bye Cook - hello Murray's Bus - our transport to Sydney for an overnight stay at Rydges Airport Hotel before our flight tomorrow morning. Getting excited!

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The bus trip was uneventful and arrived on time, 3 1/4 hours later. I slept most of the way. The bus pulled up at the departure lounge which meant that we had a bit of a hike to the far end of "departures", down in the lift and across the road to Rydges. But it was good to have a walk after three hours in the bus, albeit lugging our mountain of luggage.

Rydges Hotel - Room No 732 - we are in our very favourite room, right at the end of the hallway, overlooking the airport.

We decided to attend Happy Hour (with five minutes to spare), ordered our bubbly and Phil started chatting to this guy we met in the lift who was trying to get to the roof bar. He told us it was closed and he and his wife ended up at Happy Hour. After several more bubblies, we all had dinner together and now have some new lovely friends - who are just like us.

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Donna and Wayne are from Bundanoon, a couple of hours away from Canberra. They are on their way to South Africa but when we all return from our travels, we will meet up again, either in Bundanoon or Canberra. They think I look like a younger version of Judy Dench, which I love, but is not true. I can't see it.

We are now back in our room after severai glasses of bubbly - I can hardly type - making so many mistakes! Time for a shower and into bed. Up early tomorrow for our flight to Dubai. Feeling very happy and excited for what will hopefully be the trip of a lifetime!

The view from our room.

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