Alive & Kicking
Well, I made it. Sydney and back in two weeks. In the past when I’ve travelled to Australia I’ve gone for at least 4 weeks to allow for recovery from the long flight. This time, however, I was squeezing the trip between weedings in the garden and couldn’t afford to take longer than two weeks
The trip was very long. From Dublin you can fly to Australia in just two hops. From Lithuania you need three. Also, in Dublin we lived quite near the airport so getting that far was never much of a consideration. On this occasion I flew out of Warsaw, a mere 7 hour drive from where we live. While the difference in price flying out of Warsaw rather than Vilnius more than justified the price of fuel and the effort of driving, the drive was almost like a forth flight, albeit with a lot more legroom.
The journey was pretty uneventful. I did have a luggage disaster less than 5 minutes out of the car when the zip broke on my carry-on case coming through security. It was also at this moment that I discovered my brand new phone would not make calls outside of Lithuania, so I couldn’t call Arūnas for advice and consolation. I was left carrying my unzipped 10 kg (22 lb) case around the airport in my arms while trying to figure out a solution. To compound matters I had been told that I couldn’t take my bag onto the first plane as the overhead bins weren’t big enough so it would have to be put into the hold at the plane. I considered buying a new case but the airport shops only sold premium brands which I couldn’t quite justify. Buying a new bag would also mean disposing of the original. Since I had borrowed the bag from a friend I wanted to be able to return it. In the end I zipped all my items into the internal lining and bought a strong strap to hold it closed for the trip.
Other than that the flights were fine. On four out of the six flights I had empty seats beside me so I had lots of room to manoeuvre. I didn’t get stuck with any annoying neighbours, although on one flight the guy behind me had a cold and sniffed every 3 seconds. Thankfully I didn’t notice this until the last three hours of the flight after I’d awoken from a good sleep, so I managed to block it out.
I had a wonderful trip which I will tell you about in future posts. (I had hoped to write a few posts while I was away but I just didn’t get time.) Arūnas did a great job of maintaining the garden while I was away but the heat wave that hit caused a sudden surge in growth and the greenhouse currently looks like a jungle and needs immediate attention. In the meantime I’ll leave you with a few photos from Taronga Zoo which has a stunning view over Sydney harbour.