kissed the tarmac

AusBlogCon....sort of...Part four

Monday 21st March

You know, I was so excited to be coming here to Sydney, then once I got here I found myself too shy to actually talk to many people. Gave myself a kick up the bum, but it didn't do any good.....

The event itself was fun, the dinner dance was even more fun, yesterday's ferry ride was heaven, but now I feel a little like a deflating balloon.

Last night I'd made tentative plans to go out and about a bit, maybe visit a nearby Chocolaterie, "Kakawa"; 147 William Street; just a few minutes walk from the Bayview, it was given a 5 star rating for its chocolates and caramels and its hot chocolate is listed on the brochure as "THE BEST I've ever tasted.

I scrapped all plans in favour of going back to bed after taking a few pre-dawn photos and seeing that even more rain was threatening.

The lightening sky, grey with rain clouds still.

Early morning traffic.

A bus in a hurry.

So I made coffee, (urk! it was awful!) and took my book to bed and actually read a few chapters.
By now it was raining again and I was thinking of home.
My own coffee, my own kitchen, sleeping in my own bed, having all my things around me, logging on to the lovely (not so anonymous now) internet.
Looking out at the rain a little later, I thought, Bugger this, I'm going home!
I'll head to the airport and just hang around until my flight.
Packed, checked out, got a taxi to the airport.
On the way we passed a little cafe (chocolate shop?) with this interesting name:
"Strangers with Candy - Food for Temptation"
Holey Doughnut!!
6 hours hanging around in an airport!!
There's an experience never to be repeated.
My flight wasn't until 5:10pm, so with two heavy bags and a handbag I wandered through shops, sat on seats, wandered through more shops....
I ate pastries and drank enough hot chocolate to float a boat.
I looked at books in the bookshops and wrote down the titles and authors of those that looked interesting, so I could find them at my local libraries back here in Adelaide.
I found a long bench table against a huge window where I could watch planes coming and going.
So naturally I took photos. Lots and lots of photos.
Here's a few of them.

JetStar seen through a rainy window.


Twin virgins.

When I was a little tacker, there was only TAA, Ansett and Qantas; now there are so many airlines.
Tiger Airways.

The tail of the tiger.

Virgin blue proudly flying the Gold Coast Suns.
A sporting team?

Up, up and away....

Look at the size difference here!
Those big international airbuses make the little ones look like toys.

Here's something we don't see too often; propellers!

The flying kangaroos of Australia.

More propellers and another tiger.

I don't want to bore you, so here's just one last photo.

Taking my plane for a walk......

By the time I boarded I was so desperate to be home, I cried on the plane.
15 minutes out of Sydney, we flew out of the heavy grey clouds into bright blue skies above us and a sea of foamy white clouds below.
I wiped away tears and tried to read my book, but couldn't help gazing out at that gorgeous blue sky every few minutes.
Touching down in Adelaide......a gentle bump as the wheels kissed the tarmac, then we were down, taxiing to the gate and leaving the plane.
Once inside the terminal, tears flowed again as I texted my kids to let them know I was home, then I went to find a taxi.
There's nothing like it.


  1. Awww you didn't get to enjoy your last day in Sydney. But I'm happy you're back home.

  2. Oh, you homesick pumpkin! You are so right. Click your heels and say, "there is no place like home." And there you are.

    Home sweet home. xx

  3. Hi River,

    I'm shy too (even though I do my best to combat it). I'm getting better but I still haven't quite vanquished the beast.

    I love travel but it is nice to get back home.




  4. I had so much fun in Sydney, but I was desperate for my own bed and to be home.

  5. no-one; I may never leave again.....

    Kymmie; at least the homesickness didn't come until the last day.

    Plasman; I think you combat it better than I do, because you travel for your work, you've become used to overcoming it. Maybe I SHOULD travel more?

    Veronica; I was more desperate for my own coffee, and to have more than one room to walk around in.

  6. And I miss my own pillow. And the cats. And a choice of reading material and and and.
    Loved the photo essay at the airport though.

  7. I agree with you. I can be outgoing when I need to be and love travelling but home is always the place I most want to be.

    Good on you for going, for getting out of your comfort zone and for sharing it with us all.

  8. "taking my plane for a walk" -- that made me Laugh Out Loud!!

  9. You did so well to go!!! You should be really proud of yourself! I'm not surprised you were ready to be home. It's exhausting being in a place that isn't familiar and around people you don't know (or know via the internet only).

    And the Gold Coast Suns are the newest AFL team (unless there are 2 different "Gold Coast Suns" teams). My eldest keeps singing their stupid theme song - driving me batty! LOL.

  10. Elephant's Child; I missed my quilt and dvd collection, my books, my....heck my whole home!
    It's good to be back, but I'd do it again sometime.

    Kath; I think you might have enjoyed it, even if you only came for the conference day.

    Toni; I thought it was a great shot too.

    Lightening; AFL? Well now I've learnt something.
    I'm glad I went and it was so very nice meeting up with my favourite bloggers.

  11. Theres no place like home is there hon.......


  12. Dorothy was right; there's no place like home. Was lovely to meet you though, even if only briefly.

  13. Oh heavens, you sat tat the airport for hours? You could have come and walked through my rooms and rank coffee and sat my couch!

    We had a lovely weekend, something that was much needed. My GOFA and I really enjoyed sitting with you at the evening dinner. Peas of a pod there - you and he, such shy souls. There' a photo of the pair of you somewhere among the several hundred that I uploaded!


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