Goodbye Sydney! Prepare for Europe Domination (cue appropriate soundtrack).....
After leaving everything possible to the last minute, including loading money onto my travel cards ten minutes before leaving, Lucy and Rach managed to get me to the airport on time. With a scarce 9.9kg of checked luggage - for once not a packing disaster - it was goodbye cold and rain, hello summer! As expected, 14 hour flight to Abu Dhabi was less than pleasant, especially when the fat guy sitting next to me kept encroaching on my seat area! Luckily they kept up a good supply of food and drinks - very well done Etihad. Arrived in Abu Dhabi at about 11.30pm, waited over an hour for bus to Dubai and finally arrived at the hotel at 2am. People not very friendly so far and all the men just stare...and I was wearing jeans and a long sleeved top. Interesting to see what happens when the short shorts meet the streets of Dubai! Managed to lock valuables in safe and then not be able to get into it again until the manager arrives in the morning - I blame the very confusing instructions....