Although it was a really early start, there’s such excitement generated when you know you’re on your way home; so it was no wonder that everyone was not only on time, but early to our buses this morning. The final farewell to our hosts was a happy one, and the usual exchange of email address, and promises to stay in touch was quite brief, as we were all eager to be on our way.
We were lucky with traffic – it seems Sunday mornings are very quiet in Germany – and thank goodness I say, as our bus driver remained true to form! Actually, the only antics on the way to the airport were the bus driver standing up, letting go of the wheel, and turning to look at the back of the bus, then to chat with Geoff in the front row of seats. His foot was still on the accelerator, but there was no traffic in the next lane, so our wandering all over the road was more reminiscent of a gentle theme park ride than anything more sinister! Check in at Munich airport was a breeze, although it was here that we bid farewell to some of our team, who are still jaunting around Europe as I write, lucky things. Slightly turbulent flying conditions didn’t seem to matter since we were on our way home, and the stopover in Singapore was smooth. Arriving in Brisbane airspace early, only to have to circle for 50 minutes was frustrating, being so close and yet so far, but our touchdown was greeted with resounding applause, and from the satisfied looks on the tired, but happy faces around me, everyone was glad to be home.
A massive thank you has to be extended to the tour staff who accompanied this tour; Ann and Victoria, Nick, Noel and Kem, Barbara, Carmel and John, and especially to Geoff who made the whole thing happen. It’s been bucket-loads of fun, and a resounding success; but it’s time to cross over to your loved ones to continue the tales of their adventures in far greater detail than I can. Thanks for your company,
Ellena – over and out!