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Day 71 Melbourne to Singapore (aka Sydney)

Vent, olives, coogee

overcast 22 °C

Woken again this morning by noise on Boris' roof. This time it's an Indian Minor bird that has decided to build a nest in one of Boris' vents.


It's a busy day today, saying goodbye to Boris, and his smell, and two flights, Melbourne -Sydney and Sydney - Singapore. We've been confirmed on both the BA flights home so are feeling confident about them and Qantas tell us the flight to Sydney has lots of seats empty too. Our focus becomes Singapore hotels.

How a day can turn around. With Boris gone we get to Melbourne airport to be told the flight is full and its not clear whether we'll get a seat......great start. Nat starts to sweat and I tell here (once again) to 'worry only about those things you can change', something that I've been told many times myself. We get on and in no time are in Sydney. Phew!

One day, when I'm rich and famous, I'm going to buy all my flights like every other bugger has to. Standby travel is an emotional roller coaster!! At Sydney we are told all the BA confirmed seats are no longer confirmed and everyone is back on standby......great!! We wait anxiously with our 13 items.


Yes, you guessed it, we don't get on. We get offered 2 seats in economy, but don't want to split, all combinations are unworkable and Dot refuses to stay behind on her own ;-)

Away go the Singapore hotel guides, out come the Sydney ones again. What to do? Stay close to the airport ready to come back tomorrow.......or party. Um, let me think.

So I find myself, at almost midnight, with a full moon over Coogee Beach, sitting on our balcony, a glass of wine, and all this on top of the best Italian meal we have ever had at Renato's on Coogee Bay Road. Warm Sicilian olives to start. Top pizza to finish. Highly recommended.


Dots excited about the pool and the beach tomorrow and secretly we are all happy to be here. We have our shuttle bus booked to the airport for tomorrow's attempt (equally busy apparently)


Posted by cpbrooks 05:43 Archived in Australia

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Love you my thoughts are with,must be quite waring xxxx

by Mum

Knowing you, if you are going to be stuck somewhere this would be your choice. Hopefully you will get it all sorted but I think I would find it a bit to stressful.
Lovely photos again and the kids look so happy and well. People wonder whether they will remember this in years to come, but by researching your blog and viewing the wonderful photos they can relive it as often as they like. Looking forward and hoping to see you this week-end xxxx Dad

by Dad

Oh heck, can't believe Dottie wouldn't stay on her own. We are reading this blog while having a peaceful, stress-free lunch in County Mall and your blog made us both laugh out loud. Fingers crossed for tomorrow ! Lots of love.....Geoff & Jennie xxxxxxx

by Geoff & Jennie

Not long 'till you bring those babies home! Smashing photo's, as your Dad said, Dot and Finn look really well, as you all do. Am quite astonished that in the whole time you've been gone, there's been no reports of sickness! As for us back here, it's either flu bugs or tummy bugs that are doing the rounds at school. There's a lot to be said for all that sunshine! Take care and keep well! See you soon, Nic xxxx

by Nicola Acres

Looking out the window at the weather here, I wish a few more stranded-in-Sydney days on you! Having said that, we cannot wait to see you all. Very excited about Christmas and you really are coming home at the very start of the build-up; on my way home this evening people were singing carols outside a church... this morning I saw my first "Christmas on the BBC ad"... and there is a rumour going round of a Boxing Day Quiz?!?! Love you loads. Have a safe journey when it happens. Kiss the children for me xxx

by Adam

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