Bondi Beach, New South Wales
What a nightmare getting everything ready for this trip. Organize the house - bills paid, rent organized, room ready for the guy who is renting it while I'm away. Then there is the bag. I love the idea of traveling with only carry-on. But, man! 15 kilos. Clothes plus camera gear. Plus all the little accessories that go with it. Chargers. Cords. Batteries. It doesn't help that I'm taking three cameras in total. Go pro. My lovely little Lumix LX7 plus the new big gun - Nikon D600 and my two favourtite lens Sigma 12-24 and Tokina 28-75 2.8. Bloody heavy altogether. Ah. The joy! As Mr Beyer would say. On a nicer note. Had my favourite breakfast ( smoked salmon and avocado with aoili) and also had lunch with my mate Jamie at The Beach Rd hotel. Burger chips and a coopers. That's more like it. Back to the packing after that and got away on time with a lovely taxi service provided by my good friend Patrice (or Patty as she hates to be called). A couple more beers at a place in the airport called Bar Bondi funnily enough. The barman even gave me a discount because I told him I live in Bondi. Score! The lovely girl Alex at the check in desk even let me slip on with 15 kilos instead of the regulation 7k. Must be the hat! Id chosen my seat when I bought the ticket back in May. Down the back seat 40a. First on that way and plenty of room in the overhead locker before all the Asians filled them to the brim. The attendant had some fun closing the door on some of the bags that were brought on. Maybe they had hats as well? (Chuckle) Nice young med student was my companion. Chatted about Venuatu and his first dive experience there and how he had been traveling from the UK with a cricket bat in his luggage. Haha. Food was amazing as usual on Malaysian Air. Followed by a Heiniken to cleanse the palate off course. Free beer or water? Tough choice eh? A movie called Drift set in WA in the 70's about early surf culture. 6/10. Two sleeping tablets and some music to drown out that horrible droan of the engines and woke up 4 hours later ready to land. What a day!!