The Last Bit
I'm writing this on flight number ten, which will bring us safely back to Hobart. We stayed at the Park Royal at Melbourne airport last night, the most expensive hotel for the whole trip, but it really was worth it, to arrive from our 14 hour flight at 11 PM and walk straight to a hotel with good shower and very comfy bed and a good sleep before the last bit to get home. However, we were able to upgrade to Premium Economy from Dubai to Melbourne thanks to Lucy's generous points transfer. Jim and I were not sitting together which was a bit sad, but I had an exit row seat, which made it even better for stretching out and elevating the legs. Best long flight I've ever had.
Not quite so great for Jim. He reckoned it was more like a hospital ward. The man next to him was very elderly and doddery, so he couldn't move past him easily. The next two in front both coughed, snorted and hacked all the way, one of them on oxygen most of the flight. The row after that had a man with bad stroke disability, who felt the need to yell out to his wife when he needed help. Only 35 people in the cabin, so theses things become a bit amplified. This is the first time I've flown anything other than economy and it made a huge difference, so it might be hard to get me to go back now.
Overall, a fantastic trip. We have managed to stay safe and well, with no real dramas at all. When you consider the potential for things to go wrong that are out of your control, I am always glad when things run so smoothly. Now to plan the next trip.