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Day 35 - Tuesday/Wednesday 2nd/3rd June 2015

Homeward Bound

sunny 27 °C

After nearly five weeks on the move, it was time to pack our bags one final time for the journey back home. We got ourselves up and ready and ate a quick breakfast downstairs and had all our belongings out the front of the hotel for an 8:45am shuttle pickup. The driver looked a bit worried when he drove up in a mini bus (we arrived by coach so assumed the same vehicle would pick up) as we had 5 suitcases. We managed to squeeze them in, and despite having to collect two more passengers we got to the airport with no drama.

The check in was quick, there seemed to be very little people at the Hawaiian Airlines area when we got there. We got rid of our suitcases and headed through security and made our way towards our gate. We still had two hours until our flight departed, there was a small duty free store next to our gate so we spent all our remaining US dollars and bought up our allowances in alcohol.

The flight back home was quite full, different to when we arrived. We had window seats on every flight during the trip so that meant we never had to climb over anyone to stretch our legs or visit the toilet. We had free movies being an international flight so I jumped on and watched three movies over the course of the flight - Kingsman, Cinderella and one other I can't readily remember. Dozing off during some of them also to catch up on needed sleep.

The flight back to Sydney was a little over 10 hours and all during the day. We landed at Sydney airport around 7pm on the 3rd June, having crossed they International Date Line after leaving Hawaii on the 2nd. Once we disembarked and grabbed our suitcases, we walked through Customs quickly, and we were out of the terminal around 8pm. Greeted In the car park by our daughter we were home less than 30 minutes later. Shocked to feel the coldness of the house, especially after leaving a warm and sunny Hawaii. But after an amazing adventure, it was time to get back home. Back to reality eg washing clothes and housework and soon back to work for both us. We had the best time and met wonderful people. Definitely an experience to treasure for the rest of our lives.

Posted by Ace from Oz 19:38 Archived in USA Tagged sydney hawaii

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