The packing done it was time to leave. We left the house and had a traffic free drive to Rome's Fiumicino airport. Checking in was straight forward. We had had our bags security wrapped in bright green plastic, it cost €10, but meant we had extra insurance in case the bags were lost or delayed. Once the main cases were checked in we went for a bite to eat in McDonalds, then we passed through security where our carry-on bags were scanned. Niki set off the alarm as usual, but after a quick check by an official we were good to go. We wandered around the duty free shops until our flight was called. The flight from Rome to Dubai was aboard an Emirates A380-800 Airbus, the largest passenger airliner in the world. The plane was superb and oddly only a third full so there was plenty of room, which we took advantage of buy spreading out on the seats to catch a little sleep.
Arriving in Dubai we had to go through another security check before making our way to the duty-free area where we would have a couple of hours wait before our connecting flight to Sydney aboard a Qantas A380-800. We decided to have a coffee in Starbucks in the duty free area and were surprised at the cost €8 for two expresso's. In fact everything in the Dubai duty free shops seemed expensive, even more than in the normal high street shops of Italy.
Although both the Emirates and Qantas aircraft were the same A380 Airbus's the interior layout's were very different. Both were very comfortable, but the flight information on the inflight entertainment centre was far better on the Emirates plane, with live pictures from several camera's mounted on the tail and fuselage. The food was excellent as were the free onboard wine's. We arrived in Sydney at 8 am after a twenty-four hour journey, plus ten hour time difference, feeling a little jet lagged, but were excited to be in Australia for the first time, especially Niki who was looking forward to seeing her son Nicolai for the first time in almost a year. Nicolai had emigrated to Australia two years ago and had only been back to Italy once for a three week holiday. With the journey over we were both looking forward to a new adventure down under.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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