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The day finally came! We headed on down to Sydney International after Ryan (Cara's brother) was so fantastic and took us all there in the very early morning. Cara did a great job in getting everything ready to go in advance (although Ben was a bit teary on saying goodbye to Molly for so long) and we had a really good drive into the Sydney airport with minimal traffic.

The people in Customs were really trying to prove and go that extra mile in that you can do a job without any smiles or happiness; what a shame. While this trip we weren't able to head into the Qantas lounge, we did do some duty free shopping and Cara scored a cool new Cyber-shot camera that she really loves. Bye bye old Kodak!

As we were boarding the plane, Alexis instantly made friends who wanted to take her photo, but how unfortunate for those people that their camera battery was out! What a pity.

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Thomas was actually very good on the 10.5 hour flight, often sleeping or playing very nicely with his little toys that the flight attendants gave him. He sat next to Sophie ! The two of them actually were real fantastic and didn't at all do any sibling fun also known as fighting.
Ben and Alexis sat next to the window and every few minutes Alexis would open the window, shut the window, put it halfway, etc. She did great though, mostly just staring at her screen and watching all sorts of movies and television shows .

Cara tried to get some sleep, although the man in front of her enjoyed reclining his seat AAAAAALLLLLLLLL the way back, I think his ticket allowed him to think he could think he was able to receive neck massages from people behind him. Growl.

The flight had minimal turbulence and was pretty good considering how long it was. Qantas did a good job.

There was quite a lot of cloud covering and once we dipped below them we could see Shanghai sparkling in the evening. Our arrival and processing through customs was done so quickly and efficiently. And then that's when we met Mr. Leu and Shawn (our translator).


They were extremely friendly and wonderful welcoming hosts as they took us to our hotel room. We caught up with Michelle and David and then went to all have dinner together.


While Alexis and Thomas were very sleepy, they did a very good job at remembering their manners. We had a beautiful dinner of:

Vegetable and mushroom salad
Salted duck
Awesome dumplings
Thai yellow fish
Beautiful tiger prawns cooked like lobster
Sharkfin and mushroom soup
Delicious laksa
all sorts of fruit and vegetables

Then we said our goodbyes as the children were very very sleepy. So goodnight, friends, and talk to you tomorrow as we explore Shanghai.

Posted by giffords 15:15 Archived in Australia Tagged air_travel

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Hi Guys,

Glad to hear you arrived safely and had a good flight. Enjoy and I look forward to following you on your trip.

The foods sounds yummy.

by Janelle

Great pics Ben! That looks like quite a menu. Would love to see some pics of the countryside when you get out there ;)

by Marco

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