21.02.2014 - 21.02.2014
A day of travel. Up at 5.45 am and down the front of the hotel at 6.45 am AND NOT A TAXI IN SIGHT! Not a bell boy, cleaning staff, PEOPLE - nothing! Usually the place is crawling with taxis. We were considering going back to the fifth floor where reception was located, when a taxi came ambling along, so we jumped in and proceeded to the airport. Not much traffic at that time of the morning and we arrived at Changi International Airport at 7.15 am. Easy check in. There is someone sitting between us but will ask them to swap places when we board.
Into the silver Kyrs lounge for breakfast. It was very busy but served the purpose. The flight was full and left on time and with the time difference between Singapore and Sydney was due to land at about 8.30 pm, which it did. An Indian girl was sitting in between us and happily moved to the window seat.
I slept a lot of the way. Now in wind down mode, at the end of the holiday. I did watch "Rush", the movie about the racing car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauder. It was really good.
Landed on time in Sydney at 8.30 pm and cleared Immigration in about five minutes. As locals, we went through the electronic thingo and it worked brilliantly, once we worked out what to do! Collected our bags and cleared Customs. Because we had been in the Indian countryside, we had to stand on the "sniffing carpet" (my words, which had the Customs lady in hysterics) while the Customs dog sniffed our luggage. All good so we proceeded to pick up our hire car.
Phil, the guy behind the desk was there when we dropped the car off four weeks ago, so we had a nice chat. He was so excited because he was giving us a new car and he thought the colour was fabulous - gold. Personally, I thought it was pretty yukky and if I was buying a car, I certainly wouldn't choose that colour. See what I mean.
Drove to the Airport Mecure Hotel, checked in, ordered room service and were in bed asleep by half past midnight. Long day but nice to be almost home, safe and sound.