G’day all! So we survived to tell the tale and have arrived safely in Melbourne, our new home for the foreseeable future. It’s been a journey of mixed emotions ranging from sadness to excitement, but I’m happy to report that all is good so far and we’re settling in very nicely. I’ve yet to spot a possum which is a bit of a disappointment, but good things come to those who wait!
Here we were on Thursday morning all packed up and ready to go. Saying goodbye to all of our beloved friends and family was by far the hardest part: it’s really tough to know that we won’t be seeing everybody for a while, but it’s wonderful to know that they’re all behind us in our new adventure and wishing us well.
Here’s an ‘in-the-car-on-the-way-to-the-airport-selfie’: worried faces!
As a very special treat for our one-way journey, The Hubbie upgraded our tickets to Business Class. I have never travelled in Business Class before so I was really excited to experience it. It was such a long journey – 23 hours in total, with a two-hour touchdown in Dubai – that this really did make all the difference. We were able to lay our beds completely flat for a comfortable sleep (we had seven hours each!), keep our belongings next to us in a cabinet and have our own space to get up and move around as and when we pleased. While I was dreading the long journey before, this special treat made it really enjoyable and it flew by (excuse the pun) fairly quickly.
Now you know I love airplane food, but this was airplane food on another level. We got to choose what we wanted to eat from a menu and it came on an actual plate!! And it was actual food! Like, which ACTUALLY tasted good! Mind. Blown.
Here’s another tired yet happy selfie from the plane, avec champagne. You’ll also spot my wash bag they gave me on-board, which contained some miniature products from Australian brand Aspar (I tried to use them in the air but the cabin pressure made them ooze out everywhere, sad face)!
…and after an epic 23 hour journey, this was our first glimpse of our new home from the bridge. It’s early days but I have a feeling we’ll be pretty happy here – thanks for welcoming us Melbourne!