The Long Trip Home

Leaving the baptism party was the beginning of my trip home to Melbourne. Birge kindly dropped me off at the local station where I caught a train to Hanover.

From there I had a 2 1/2 hour trip on the Inter Clty Express(ICE) to Frankfurt. That was a pleasant trip and I enjoyed watching rural Germany pass by the window of the train. I spent last night at one of the airport hotels near Frankfurt Airport and had another reminder of just how depressing these overnight transient hotels are. I was awake at 5.00 am this morning and caught the hotel shuttle to the airport for a 7.30 am flight to London.

David and I are travelling home via different routes. He originally thought that he may want to return via Japan for business reasons. In addition, we decided to use frequent flyer points to pay for our return tickets as one-way international tickets cost over 90% of the return price, making them a very unecomical proposition.

As I landed in London, I received an SMS message from David telling me that he was then on a train to Hamburg to catch his flight to Helsinki and then on to Osaka.

In the meantime, it is 6 hours since I left the hotel and I am sitting in the BA Lounge at Heathrow with another 2 hours before my flight leaves. From there it’s only another 23 hours before I’m home and for a date with Jill & Audrey.

I’m looking forward to being home again.

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