Thursday, July 03, 2008

I return and day one of the holiday

I am returned to the land of Oz. Wow, have I missed my blog mates. That will be the last significant holiday without a laptop. In fact, that will be the last overseas holiday. Foreign travel is just too hard.

The holiday was wonderful. I have seen so many things and met so many people, but I am very pleased to be home in my own country, among my own people, black, white and brindle, and with my own things around me.

What did I miss most? My own shower. More on that later. But I also missed pornography, especially xtube.

Day one of our holiday did not happen. Our Qantas flight was delayed ten hours. I checked our flight on the net at about 10am the day we were to leave, our flight being about 3pm, and it said delayed until 11pm. It did not actually leave until 1am the next day. I just love Qantas. We wasted our pre paid airport bus fare and our first night's accommodation in Singapore. I'll be going Qantas for about $300 compensation. (Note following travel trip 1) We ended up catching a cab to the airport. It really is the best way.

So, not a great start. We just moped around at home for the day, feeling angry, frustrated and oddly, I felt bored.

When we arrived in Singapore, early morning, we had not really slept for thirty hours. But we coped, as you do when on holidays, and pressed on.

For a while, I will probably only write and post pics about our holiday. There will be a day by day post, some short, some long and some rants. I don't mean to offend anyone........well, most of the rants will be about the UK and I say here, they do some things better but some things not as well as we do. So, tune out if you wish. I hope to make the posts interesting and they will be ordered and logical and without emotion, as are my usual posts, not!

I am not sure if everyone realised, but the already published posts about our holiday were all written in advance, based on stereotypes and set to be published on certain dates. I won't go back to them and address comments, but I was quite excited when overseas and I read the comments. I had very limited access to the net. Just a hotel in Singapore, a public library and a home pc where I did not want to leave any history apart from secure email.

We arrived home at 10.30 pm last night, Wednesday. Our mail box was quite full, and then our mail that was held, was delivered today. I am not sure why so much mail was delivered when it should have been held. Bad Australia Post. Hello, we paid. As it was, our large mail box would have held it all.

I have spent most of the day at home catching up on stuffs. The stuffs certainly build up when you away. Money is a nightmare. We did go out to see sister and Little Jo, who has now acquired the name of Jozilla. She is not quite walking yet, but on her feet. She has grown a lot and is verbalising almost intelligible words. It is nearly her birthday and we gave her our present in advance, a Paddington Bear and the book actually bought at Paddington Station.

Sister made us lunch and then after lots of play time with Little Jo, we did some shopping in down town Koornang(?) Road Safeway and then home to battle more money and papers. Ex NT politician/politician called in to see us and we made a few phone calls to other friends.

It will take days for life to return to normal.


  1. Welcome back Andrew! (If, that is, this post wasn't also pre-recorded :-) )

  2. My well-travelled friend just back from negotiating out and inward Customs and Immigration says she is absolutely NOT going to do it ever again.

    If I want to see Venice for instance, I just make a cup of tea, get comfy, and put it into Guugle Images.

    Welcome back!

  3. Andrew,

    "I am returned to the land of Oz."

    Have you been away then?

    "I say here, they do some things better but some things not as well as we do."

    As far as I'm aware, the only thing us Brits do better than you Ozzies is lose spectacularly at cricket.

  4. While I was away, I was overwhelmed with kindness, and now I am back home, I get the same. Pardon me while I throw up.

    Interesting new avatar Daniel!!!

    Don't talk to me about customs oh Brown one. A dude in Holland warned me about our return. He was right.

    Ferry to Ireland from Fleetwood Brian! Why would thou?

  5. Thanks TVAU. Ten posts while I was away and I really need to read them and they are saved.

  6. "Ferry to Ireland from Fleetwood Brian! Why would thou?"

    Never have Andrew...probably never will.

  7. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing pictures.

    Missed you gobs!

  8. Good to see that you are back.

  9. Yay! He's back!
    Good to hear we don't have to nail your feet to the floor to keep you with us :P

  10. Hi Andrew

    Welcome home. Looking forward to your take on rest of world.



  11. Missed you HEAPS :) I worked nighs for a few straght, and well, I feel jet lagged, welcome home :)

  12. You must be a busy man Brian.

    Missed you too Daisy Jo. And you are back from Chicago already.

    Thanks Victor.

    Desire to travel is now non existent Jayne.

    Won't all be pretty Pants.

    Cheers Cazzie. Actually, not lagged really.

  13. Anonymous7:53 pm

    Welcome back. If anything, Australia has gotten worst in your absence. Eastlink opened, a new power station opened and Connex has thoughtfully cancelled my trains.
    When I came back from Europe two years ago - I found it delightfully superior to Australia in so many ways.

  14. Eastlink is marvellous Reuben. It will fix problem traffic like Citylink did.

  15. Lots of things have happened in your absence, one of which you'll soon see on Oprah as soon as our agent, Harry M Markson-Miller has finalised the contract.

    I'm having Copperwitch's baby.

    (I blame the Bombay Sapphire.)

  16. Welcome back. I look forward to reading about your European adventures.

    On the first day you could have done what Kath and Kell did and gone on holiday at the airport. You know, buy yourselves matching Coogee jumpers and then sneak into the Qantas Club and pretend your at a resort while dodging security.

  17. Oh dear M'lord. Flaming red hair with a matching beard.

    Thanks Ben. Our frames of mind were just not there for such shananagins.

  18. Any issue of ours would surely be Hellspawn and set to rule the world.

  19. Awwww, sorry I'm late to comment Andrew but I'm happy to see you back safe and sound in Oz. Welcome back home!

  20. I expect so Jahteh.

    Thanks LiD. Good to hear from you.