29.05.2017 - 30.05.2017
Thankfully our last day in China allowed us to have a sleep in. We had to have our bags ready at 9.45am and then we left the hotel at 10.30am for the airport. The people heading back to Melbourne had an earlier flight than those of us who had to fly back to Sydney but we all had to go together. Check-in wasn't open until 12.30pm as our flight to Nanjing wasn't until 3.45pm. We thought checking in early would ensure getting a good seat - um, no. We were in row 68 (there were only 76) and poor Cheryl's chair was broken so it kept reclining. Thankfully it wasn't a full flight so I was able to move and she had my seat. We got to Nanjing and had to get off the plane then back through immigration and security (even though we had just gotten off a plane) - it all seemed a bit silly. We waited for about an hour and then re-boarded the same plane for the next 10 hours with NO inflight entertainment. Again, the flight was not full so I was able to move to another seat. I guess they think because it's an overnight flight most people will sleep. I know Cheryl didn't sleep a lot. I think I got a few more hours than she did. I did managed to get half way through my book so all was not lost .
Our flight landed in Sydney at 8am this morning. Having taken full advantage of duty free before we left, we picked up our booty and then went through immigration and customs with no issues at all. We went to the transfer counter and arrived at the domestic terminal by 9.30am. Our flight was slightly delayed but we were home and having lunch by 1.45pm. Best thing about being home - several - having a shower after being in the same clothes for over 24 hours - seeing the cats (Oscar is following my every move, while Logie has bonded with his sitter Carolyn). Best thing will be sleeping in my own bed tonight with my own pillow.
Back to work tomorrow and the holiday will be but a distant memory. Have heaps of photos to go through and upload and will do this when I get the chance.
Thank you all who have followed our travels.