12.06.2015 - 13.06.2015
Sunrise to Sunset
We rose and left with the sunrise in Cardiff and arrived home to the Perth sunset.
The interim was 27 hours of travelling by car, train, plane and taxi.
We left ‘The Future’ (Hotels name in Cardiff) and Rob dropped Denise with the baggage at Cardiff Central while he returned the hire car and legged it back in time for our train to leave Cardiff Central at 8:25, arriving at Paddington Station in time to catch the 11:03 Heathrow Connect for the Qantas 13:25 flight to Dubai.
After sitting on the tarmac for half an hour the pilot got clearance and we arrived at Dubai on schedule 6 hours later although we had to circle for half an hour before we had clearance to land.
A Starbucks coffee and mocha gave us the oomph for the final 10 hour Emirates flight to Perth, again arriving on time to see a magnificent sunset at 17:30.
Four planes arrived within minutes of each other so Perth Custom’s was our longest wait in an airport anywhere we’ve been. Finally we reached the arrival gate, taxi rank and home at 19:30.
Our flights had comfortable seats, good space BUT every stop Denise was questioned, swabbed, scanned, patted …… Rob was getting suspicious. Each occasion they had to release the ‘possible risk’ again!
We slept well following a light dinner at home and rose the next morning to do the washing, sorting…. Transition from The Dream to The Reality of Life.
Last night Mum asked what our favourite places were, which we’d like to revisit and both were too hard to answer.
Neither of us could pinpoint a single favourite place or one place we’d like to revisit. There are many places that would fit into each category. Our time away was a combination of wonderful places, people, experiences, historical places, gardens, waters, birds and animals and the best of all we had the opportunity to do it together.
Of course in six weeks other people in our lives have had their lives change in personal, professional and emotional ways also. Fortunately technology has helped all stay in touch with them and them with us. It’s comforting to know that in our absence those we love worked together to support each other and continue building relationships, that we no doubt will slot right back in and very shortly be back into the mainstream of work, life and regular living again….
However, we will always have our dream time away to escape to in our mind for those occasions when humdrum kicks in.
Places where trees and fields are greener than green, livestock feed on the side of the road and the sea shore, cars and houses don’t get locked, children walk home from school without harm, clouds come in every shape and form, wind gusts make your eye lids wobble, you can sleep in a castle like a Lord and Lady and turn every corner with a new (or old) picture in your gaze to take your breath away.
We just keep telling our kids – save money and travel – the world is full of amazing places and people……go and see.
If you are reading this, our final UK2015 blog, thank you for ‘coming’ with us, we’ve enjoyed sharing our adventure with special friends and family each day.
Denise and Rob