16
jun
to leave my Dutch life behind and start again in Aus

My whole family came to the airport with me to say goodbye. Also did one of my best friends Marjan and of course my boyfriend Gijs!! Checked in and got rid of my suitcase(s). We had some drinks before having to say goodbye!

Saying our goodbyes was NOT FUN :(

Have never been so difficult to leave, but have never had so much to leave behind either… Why am I leaving again?? ;)

Walked to the gate and had to board almost right away. Talked to the ladies there at the desk to try to get an exit seat and got it :) Nice!! Could even still choose, and choose a window seat so I can rest my head against the window when I want to sleep. But… the window seat had less legroom then a normal seat because of the exit door :O Luckily for me, there was no one next to me for the whole flight. So could sit in the middle seat with LOADS of room!

Booked with MAS (how appropriate), which is Malaysian airlines. Great service, good Asian food and really lovely stewards that treated me with a bit of extra TLC (tender love and care)! Maybe they knew I was a bit sad… When dinner came around I choose the Asian chicken noodles, but got the other one as well from the stewards! They didn’t want me to have to choose. Two dinners was a bit much though. They also asked me if I wanted any thing else often: more drinks (alcohol maybe?), more peanuts, more to read!? Felt almost like I was in first class, not bad :) My seat was next to the kitchen, so maybe that’s why? Had some great chats with them as well!

In KL (Kuala Lumpur) I had a few hours to spend. It was still really early in the morning and not all the shops were open jet. I just wanted to get online to email, but the free WIFI didn’t seem to work on my iPad. Bummer… Did finally find a computer with internet that worked, so I could finally read my emails!!

Another 9 hours to fly, this time no exit seats vacant. When the plane finally landed in Sydney, I wasn’t to sure if I should be happy or sad? I got my suitcase and had the customs form filled in already (noting I had something to declare: food, liquorish and chocolate :). As always they took me out of the (very long) line and ask for the form and, like always, they send me to another line (definitely a short, just 2 peole in front of me). Another guy took my form and guided me to another line again. This line took me out of the customs right away. I was surprised, because in Australia they always check all luggage (ever seen the customs series on tv about Australia?). Was lucky, or I just look really very trustworthy :)

Walked through the doors and saw my friends Greg and James right away! How great is it to be picked up by people who you care for! Perfect to meet up with my friends the minute I’m in Sydney! Thank you guys… Felt better already!


Greg, me and James

We talked a while and then headed home. Home is in Epping the first few weeks, where I’m staying with James until I find my own place!

Door mascha
Op: Jun 16, 2011
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