...I'd never been away. After virtually no sleep during the journey I expected to have an early night and a long lie in this morning. That's not how things worked out. Having got home last night I immediately had a shower and then went up to Wendy and Martin's for dinner at 7 o'clock. I came back to The Cottage after 11pm and a full night of conversation which included catching up and discussing life, the universe and everything as well.
At midnight I fell into bed and was asleep before my head hit the pillow only to wake up about 5 hours later. It was almost light. My bedroom window was open and the dawn chorus was flooding in with the sound of the rain on the roof of the deck (veranda). It is not something I hear on Lewis.
Since my first visit to NZ in 2005 I've flown with Air New Zealand: until the last visit when I flew with Emirates. I flew Emirates again this time. I felt disloyal leaving Air NZ but Emirates were less than half the price, the flight time was shorter and more convenient and I didn't have to go through Los Angeles with all the homeland security, retina and fingerprinting and so on that that involves. Add to that seats with enough legroom in cattle class for someone on an inside seat to step past me without me getting out of my seat and the choice is a no-brainer. Dubai Airport is very user-friendly and whilst there is the usual security for prohibited items in hand luggage etc there is no privacy invasion. There is also free wifi everywhere.
Today I've been getting my stuff out of The Cupboard and getting things into the places they belong. I'll have a bit more to say in the morning after a good night's sleep. TTFN.