15 June 2019
Today we packed our bags, and found somewhere to stash them. Fortunately there is such a place called ‘Stasher’, which was helpful.
So, what to do when we have a plane to catch later in the day?
I’m glad you asked.
British Museum seemed a good last day’ thing to do.
All museums in Britain are free entry, which I think is a marvellous thing.
Can I start by saying… this place is amazing. If you want a brief history of the Earth, come here.
The building itself is incredible.
I found the position of the major displays to be well done. In the Louvre, for example, you walk for miles to find the Mona Lisa. (Not a bad thing generally, and not a criticism of the Louvre). Here, the major displays are just off the main foyer and inside the door.
Rosetta Stone again
Back of Rosetta Stone. “This page intentionally left blank…”
more Rosetta Stone
For fans of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, that’s Socrates on the left…
We found Boxgrove Priory a few weeks back, here is some stuff on display from there…!
Awe-inspiring. Of course with only a few hours, we didn’t see everything.
Afterwards, we caught the train back to the bag stash area, and hopped on another train to Heathrow.
The journey home from Paddington started at 4pm (London time), Friday 15 June; about 1am Saturday, Hobart time.
The direct trains leave from Paddington and only take 15 minutes.
A few important things to keep in mind:
- if you need to use the loo, don’t assume every public space will have one.
- if you need to use the loo, don’t assume every public space will have one that’s free. Some you need to pay for.
- the ones you need to pay for, you need correct change. If you don’t have 30p, you can’t pee.
Eventually I found a free toilet at Heathrow. I’m glad I made it.
So near, and yet so far away…
It turns out our bags were under the weight limits, which is amazingly good.
A few things about Heathrow…
- Apparently its a busy airport. It does appear a little busier than Hobart’s one.
- Waiting in line is not fun, especially when there are not enough counters open. Yes, I should have checked in online, but we needed to ask a few questions. at the counter
- Airport Security is always a bit rushed, but those people do an awesome job.
- Claiming back the VAT on purchases is a long and arduous process that seems a bit of a waste for small buys.
The Etihad flights and staff are really good. Small issue with the first leg of the flight was twofold, the in-flight entertainment was not working, and a guy behind us snored loudly for the whole seven hours.
Abu Dhabi was again an experience. I thought we were a bit rushed, and set off in a hurry to find gate 8, thinking we only had half hour. Turns out were gate 50-something and had a couple of hours. I was looking at the wrong boarding pass.
Gate 50-something is miles away. It felt like we were closer to Melbourne than Abu Dhabi. Once there, the airport people made us all get up and re-enter the lounge, after we’d redone the security check and had our bags searched.
I did feel a little suspicious of gate 50-something, as there were buses outside, not planes.
Turns out my suspicions were well-founded. Outside into the desert heat, into buses and ferried off to our plane, after we drove past the cargo planes, the police station, what looked like a prison and a few other unidentified spots.
Out into the desert heat and onto our plane, finally on the way to Melbourne. Thirteen long hours later we landed, and then hopped on our last flight a few hours later to Hobart.
Sunday 16 June at about 10.30am Hobart time we arrived home.
I hope you have enjoyed my first try at a travel blog!
Thanks for reading!