Another summary posting as we have spent the last week catching up with friends and family.
The first four days were spent staying with our mate Jay in Brisbane. In a fit of enthusiasm, Heather had put together an itinerary of things to do for our stay there. All of that though was thrown out of the window in preference for something a lot more favourable: watching movies, chatting and drinking Not a very productive way to spend our time but a truer reflection of the friendship we have.
After Brisbane, we flew down to Sydney as our Australia travels had sadly come to close. We stayed with Hazel & Mike, taking advantage of their generous nature mercilessly
We spent our time in Sydney finishing off last minute stuff such as sending stuff off to the UK, arranging visas for China and packing. We also had a very nice dinner with our family and had drinks with friends on the evening of Paddy's day at the Australian Hotel. The morning we left was spent with Hazel, Mike and Heather's mum doing breakfast before we all headed off to Kingsford Smith airport and our good-byes. The flight itself was really comfortable as we weren't flying with the World's Worst Airline (for international travel) but were on Singapore Airlines. I managed to squeeze in 3 movies ("Good night & Good Luck","Kiss, kiss, bang, bang" and "Walk the line") and an episode of the Office (reminding me of my previous job during the flight.
Eventually (8 hours actually) we landed at Changi airport, and caught the local train into Chinatown and checked into the dodgy backpackers that would be home for our time in Singapore (managing to get lost on the way). It was good to get the backpack off my back, as it weighed in at around 55lbs.