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Home from the Sea

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


View 2013-10 New Zealand on greynomadm's travel map.

Arrived in Sydney before dawn and experience an all-enveloping FOG. All the famous landmarks slipped past in a coloured blur. Had an early breakfast and picked-up our carry-on to sit in the VIP Lounge on Deck 7. We were about the fourth or fifty group called and were ashore by 0800 despite Jenny's Cruise Card failing to register - again !!

Walked off the ship and found our luggage, handed in our 'arrival' cards to the official and found ourselves in the hall. Nothing inspected and not even a scan of our passports. We were well ahead of schedule and our coach was still held in the waiting area. Stood around and watched the crowds searching for their connecting shuttle or courier pick-up.

At about 0830 our coach was permitted in and we took our luggage to be loaded, found seats and settled in for the 0900 departure. A check of the numbers on the coach at 0900 and there are at least 12 passengers still missing. The driver walked back and forth through the waiting people trying to identify any that may have been looking for us. Eventually the missing started to drift in but it wasn't until 0945 that the last couple turned up.

Having double and triple checked the numbers we were on our way across the City. The tip home was uneventful and we arrived home at 1630 after navigation many of the back streets of the Batemans Bay area.

Unpacked my bag to find that one of three bottles of Wild Turkey Bourbon had broken and every article of clothing was now scented with the smell of bourbon. We normally wash most of the content on our return but this time there were no exceptions.

Processed the accumulated mail and had a light dinner. Sat in front of the TV and found ourselves nodding off.

That's the end of this tale. Stay safe, take care and join us for the next cruise in January 2014.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 15:03 Archived in Australia

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