02 April, 2010

Flights and Chilly Liverpool

Well, after 3 flights, 23.5 hours flights numerous security checks we are here in Liverpool! So here is a bit of a wrap up!

Departing Sydney for Europe, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After saying our farewells, immigration clearance was quick and easy, for some of us! Both Mum and Michael got a secondary security clearance in Sydney! We boarded the flight, Emirates 777, for the flight to Manchester via Bangkok and Dubai. BUT, when waiting at the hold point to enter the 16R runway, a Qantas A380 (QF32) landed and in doing so, had break issues and there was flames, sparks and two tyres blew up in spectacular fashion! Just what we want to see when holding? Anyways, after an hour, we were transferred over to 16L and were off like a bullet!

All the flights were good, looks of food/drinks and entertainment on ICE was great! I got a fair bit of sleep, unlike the 'Grey Brigade' I was travelling with! But transited quickly in Bangkok without issue! But, whilst transiting through Dubai, mum got an additional 'pat down' as the metal detector kept going off on her! Ended up being a padlock and keys! And due to delay in Sydney, we only had a 20min transfer and were rushing!

EK419 BKK-DXB, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
All Hanging Out in Dubai, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We eventually made it to Manchester and upon approach, noticed all of the snow on the fields... brrrr... Deplaned and joined the lines for immigration. I got through, got some luggage trolleys (thanks sis for suggesting I take the Pounds I had at home, I used them for the trolleys) and collected two of the four bags before the 'Grey Brigade' came through! Oh the joys of being a 'Dual Citizen'!!!

Boys in train MAN-Liverpool, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

And so, we got through with barely a look, across to the train and into Liverpool.

After a brief shower, nap and freshen up, we headed out to dinner. Good food, great company and we were warm, not the same for some people outside!

After dinner, and walking back to the hotel, a group of (very) drunk young lass's were about, and one of them (wearing something about the size of a napkin) started to 'chat-up' Michael! Pat repositioned herself, and Mum Julie and myself were some steps behind watching and laughing! She had a very thick scouser accent, and was TOTALLY harmless, but was so funny! I wanted to get a pic, but made the mistake of asking, DOH!!!

MJ Dinner Liverpool, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
PS Dinner Liverpool, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
BPS Dinner Liverpool, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Anyways, 6.30am here and everyone is asleep... What will the day bring?



  1. Sounds wonderful! Oh how I wish I had been a fly on the wall when that drunken girl was doing her thing! LOL!!!
    Keep the reports coming.

  2. Hi Mum, Dad, Stella and Bern,

    Sounds like you are having a great time Happy Easter. We went to visit Nan yesterday for morning tea. Christine, Alex, Liv, Ian, Rosie and Jack were there too.

    Love Camille, Paddy, Riley and Jamie.

  3. Glad to see that you and the Grey Brigade are having a great time. Please give Stella my love and let her know we are envious and we miss her terribly. Go well you all. Margaret


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