|With my parents just before I left Melbourne|
Status: Extremely hungover.
This was the day I was supposed to be getting excited about moving to Japan for a year, and packing everything I might need into two or three bags. Instead, I think I may have been most excited that I managed to control my upchuck reflex throughout the day. Disgusting, but perhaps true.
For my final meal I'd asked Dad for his amazing scrambled eggs including onion, pepperoni, capsicum, paprika and general deliciousness. Overcoming my nausea, I managed to knock back a large portion which I will remember as one of my favourite meals from back home while I'm in Japan. Thanks, Dad.
We'd been told over and over and over and over again that we'd need to keep our luggage down below 23kg check-in otherwise we'd be hit with a $35/kg fee. After scrambling around til 3pm, only an hour before I was due to leave to the airport I threw my bags on the scales and was at... 30kg. Crap.
Luckily, my Mum was planning to go and visit her parents the following week in Japan so I was able to leave a 25kg-ish bag of winter clothes and things I wouldn't need for a week or two. Thanks, Mum!
Lining up to check in my luggage at the airport, the moment of truth was upon me. My bags were...23.1kg. Would the lady behind the counter charge me for my measly 100g? No!
However, the person in front of me (who may or may not have been Merren) was a little bit over the limit with her bag and moved to the side. I saw her pull something out of her bag which looked like this thing:
|Use the Schwartz!|
'It's my industrial strength hair dryer, and I can't live without it!'
Points if you understand the reference. If not, go and rent Spaceballs.
Seriously, why are you still at your computer and not watching Spaceballs yet?
|Waiting at the gate to board in Melbourne|
|Melbourne to Sydney|
|Sydney to Tokyo|
Narita is Tokyo's international airport, but due to how ridiculously built up Tokyo has become, I think it might be across prefectural (state) lines. I took the opportunity and slept off my hangover for much of our flight time, both from Melbourne to Sydney and Sydney to Tokyo.
Unfortunately we were woken up at about 4am to eat our breakfast on the plane, but after that we were basically on approach to Tokyo and about to start all of our adventures in Japan, starting with Tokyo Orientation.
Japandy actually got to Japan. Here goes nothing...
|Our first view of Japan from the plane|