Dusting off the Passport

5:52am (ACST)…

I’ve been at the airport for almost an hour now, with most of that waiting to check in. Apparently some people have been having passport issues this morning, holding up the works… On the plus side, security took about a minute to zip through! Probably the shortest time I’ve ever spent in airport security. The only problem was I was left with plenty of time before boarding my plane, so I stopped by Muffin Break (best idea ever, thanks Adelaide Airport!) and almost cried with happiness; they had a fresh batch of gluten free banana choc chip muffins, I was so happy I almost bought two!

As I’m writing this, there’s maybe 6 or 7 other people at my gate, so it should a quiet first flight. I’m off to Melbourne first, then rushing through customs and switching terminals to get on my flight to Narita. I’m excited to get on the plane so I can try and sleep, apparently excitement mixed with stressing over having everything organised is not as conducive to a good night’s sleep as I hoped. 

I’m planning on adding to this post in Melbourne – if I have time – but if not, I’ll be in Japan by the time you read this!
8:50am (AEST)

Just power walked from one end of the domestic terminal to almost the opposite end of the international terminal at Melbourne airport! Automated passport checks do make life a lot easier though, and once again security was pretty fast. None of the water fountains are working, so I’ve had to buy a second bottle of water – a waste of money and plastic, but at least it’s cold! I’m waiting for the boarding call at the time of writing, and after getting a row to myself on the flight from Adelaide, I’m not looking forward to a potentially cramped trip…

But I’m almost there! Only 10 hours to go!

~Tash

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