28th May 2012
At gate 75 with a few hundred others waiting for boarding. I had a lovely day with Emma and Isaac, lots of phone calls from Sarah and now time to just sit and relax. Jemmya was very busy this afternoon just as we were leaving for the airport and was in trouble for not coming out to say goodbye at the car. Turns out she was trying to finish a special Spirograph drawing for me as a present – she got it finished and it will be the first thing I put in my travel journal.
I had a little talk from Jay before I left about being careful and not trusting strange men! He gave me a St Christopher medal that my Mum and Dad had given him to keep me safe. Apparently it’s one they took on their trip in 1980. It was very sweet of him!
I’m sure there was something else I had planned to say but can’t think what it was now. Anyhow, will go now and check in again from Dubai or Milan!!!
27th May 2012
Well it’s the night before I leave on my big adventure and still no sign of the butterflies I was sure I’d have by now – that’s got to be a good sign surely! After last years failed attempt to do this trip I think I have made sure I didn’t get too excited this time. I didn’t even pack until yesterday – which was doing Sarah’s head in by the way.
Living it up at the Sofitel in Brisbane tonight and then off to spend the day with Emma & Isaac tomorrow before she drops me at the airport.
I remember seeing my Mum and Dad off at the Brisbane International Airport on their overseas trip when Emma was just a baby. I think just about all of us, our wives, husbands and kids were there to see them go. If I remember correctly it was about 1980 so Dad would have been about 60 and Mum about the same age I am now. They hired a camper van and toured Great Britain, Ireland and Europe for about three months and had a ball.
Until tomorrow night.