Monday, 7 April 2014

Down Under Experience - Day One: We are off!

Well here I am the day I set off for my adventures Down Under.  I'm being a bit naughty and standing on the table here, but I wanted to see everything that was going on.

Hitty Madge came with me and enjoyed a rather large cup of green tea.

Here is my new mode of transport, could be considered slightly undignified for a boy of my age, but hey it works, is handy to pop in and out of and I get a great view of what is going on.

 Hitty Madge and I waiting on the seats in the airport ready for boarding...

little did we know just how long the flight was going to be!

There was smog in Dubai so we had to circle in the air for over an hour before we were allowed to land.  Once we finally landed we had to wait on the tarmac for over an hour before we were allowed to disembark.  More waits were in store for us - I think it was a couple of hours in the transit lounge and then SIX hours on the plane on the tarmac before we were allowed to take off!  It ended up over 12 hours between meals and then when it was finally served it was pretty horrid!  Mum was not happy.  

We didn't get to see Dubai from the air as it was surrounded in fog (or was it SMOG?) but we did see the surrounding area while circling.

Hitty Madge looks out at the stark and sandy expanse of land.

It really was quite incredible, little pots of land surrounded by sand.

Isn't it rather an amazing sight?  

We finally arrived in Brisband, Australia just after mid-day, over six hours late so essentially lost a whole day of opportunities by the time we arrived at Mum's friends place.  We did have a pretty yummy barbecue for dinner though!

This blog is also posted on Henry's blog here.


  1. Oh, this looks so exciting. Doesn't the world look different from up in the air?
    Hitty Madge looks as though she could take a bath in her enormous cup of tea!
    We missed you all,
    Jenni and Harri xx

    1. They certainly do, it was really quite a sight indeed.

  2. So glad you are back though I am sure you are missing you friends and family you have been visiting under the Southern Cross. What a shame your journey took so much longer than expected, however at least you got there and had yummy food for your welcome.

    1. Thanks., Fortunately although long and plagued with motion sickness for around six hours the journey home was much smoother. It was lovely visiting everyone, but yes also good to be home.

  3. Who is that stylin' gal with Henry? ;-0)))) Madge looks like she is pondering running off with a Bedouin and becoming Queen of the Desert like Jane Digby did.

  4. Not sure if I could have coped with all those delays and lack of food. Would have definitely put me off air travel for ever.
    Could hardly believe ALL that desert sand with those odd patches of civilisation scattered here and there and just linked by long roads.
    Thinking that the UK's much more ME!

    Pleased that you and Henry are safely back home again.

    1. It really was quite a testing flight Kendal - I hate it, but it is a necessary evil if I want to visit my parents, which of course I do and need to. My Mum has deteriorated quite a lot since I last saw her and it was quite heartbreaking. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease.

      That view really was amazing wasn't it? Give me green grass any day.

  5. Lovely photos from the air. Your Hitty is adorable. Look forward to your other posts too. Glad you are back safely--missed you, hugs xxxx


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