Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time to kill
Well, we are now waiting for our last flight here in Dubai. This airport seems to grow every time we come here. I must say though Dubai's arrival was extremely civilised....no transport buses today, (or was that yesterday?.... I am lost) and not to mention a bit disorientated.
This place is magnificent from the inside. I can only think what the size of the buildings are like from the outside. There (for those that have yet to grace these portal doors) are arrival sections, multiple floors, then there are lifts to take you to different floors, then there are trains to take you to different flight sections...A, B, C, D and so forth.
Incredible. Like I said, it does appear to have grown since last time, maybe it my lack of sleep in the past 24 hours that's done it for my imagination.
I am one step ahead of all my Downton Abbey friends.... I watched the last episode on our way to Singapore. Have the tissues ready Barb, there are some in the bathroom. One actor whom I have never really liked did a damn fine job in this episode, to the point where I nearly did my weepy bit and howled, but I maintained a brave face for the family and kept my tears in check!
Television will not be the same without this gracious family and their upstairs and downstairs crew. Might have to purchase all the series somewhere along the way and enjoy it all again in my spare time (joke joyce!!!).
Yesterday was a big day with our getting up before dawn to say goodbye to Barb, the dogs who knew something was going on) and the chooks who couldn't have cared less.
We made our way down to Melbourne without complication. I sat with Mum whilst Murray went elsewhere then had a meeting with siblings in tow at Mum's place of residence which is another story to tell somewhere down the line.
Before we knew it, we were off to the airport and just as well we left when we did as by the time you park then shuttle to the airport, check in and psych yourself up for the haul, it's time to board and you're up, up and away before you know it.
Sitting in cramped quarters for a number of hours makes one realise just how many aches and pains one has. Sciatica, sore knees, and general discomfort hang about quite pointedly as you wait for the flight to be over.
You can only watch so many movies and series without being too bored.
I fitted in one movie, I cannot recall the name of (can you believe) plus a BBC Horror series, plus another scary story which really wasn't very scary, but interesting all the same, called 'The Visit'.
As mentioned before, I fitted in Downton Abbey Series whatever, number 6 and listened to a lot of 70's Rock, tried to lull myself with a relaxation CD which didn't work and ate everything put in front of me so time-sitting hasn't been too wasted I suppose.
We now have this last flight ahead and I cannot wait to disembark so we can at least walk a bit.
A very generous woman gave me a pen to complete my departure sheet at Tullamarine as I stupidly for got to pack a basic essential such as a pen. I had hoped to return it but alas we didn't see her again so I will think of this woman every time I use her pen from now on.
When we arrived in this Emirates Transit Lounge, there were a number of middle-eastern men women and children, all dressed in white, including saris', shoes and mobile phones. The men all wore a textured white towelling type of material of similar consistency whereas the women and children had beautifully decorated costumes with embroidery in detail in places on their material.
So, dear readers, this is the end of Day 1 of J&M's big adventure to all things German and Greek.
One question though,....actually two....
How does one get an upgrade and how does one get to ride on those carts I see so many others riding in?
Me thinks it'd be fun almost running others over in an airport lounge to rid oneself of ones boredom.
Melbourne -> Singapore (where we had to get out, wait for an hour, then reboard the same plane) ->Dubai, then -> Düsseldorf.
As Julian Lennon says.....see you on the flip side!!!
Just a little extra to make our day even more exciting.
We've just gone through our final check in to be told we've been upgraded to Business Class for this last leg.
We might get a little sleep now before we land in Düsseldorf.......
Will tell you all about it shortly. Right now we are waiting...imagining soft comfortable seats we can stretch out in....not to mention our fine dining (albeit breakfast) experience!