One of this week’s assignments in ‘Blogging 101’ was to comment on 4 blogs I hadn’t commented on yet so duly searched a preferred tag in the Reader and came across this super blog Mum Moving to Perth. Emma has a young family and like myself is from the UK. They only arrived last month and it took me back to July 2005 when we said goodbye to our family and friends in the UK to make the two week journey to Adelaide.
To break up the emotional experience of leaving loved ones we decided to take two weeks to travel to Australia. Our journey took us first to New York, where we had arranged a limousine transfer from the airport as a surprise for the children and we experienced a New York Yankees game. Then over to LA and, of course, to Disneyland. A flight across the international date line found us in Auckland New Zealand for a few nights and a weeks tour of the North Island before two nights in Sydney and finally arriving in Adelaide on 10 August 2005.
By the time we arrived in Sydney I was so over lugging (is that why it’s called luggage?) nine suitcases around with us. We’d left the UK in Summer and travelled to the Winter in the southern hemisphere so we had packed clothes for all weather conditions.
So, back to the blog that inspired me to write this – Emma’s emigration journey was made in one, long go, with two young children, 6 pieces of checked luggage, 4 hand luggage bags and 2 buggies. The length of the flights, the lack of sleep, the urge to resist the Singapore Slings, so very, very brave – well done them!