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Down Under.... Commonwealth Games Part 1

So I left Glasgow on Thursday morning, after speaking with Ewan on the phone who let me know it was -17C back up the road. I flew to Melbourne with Emirates, who in my humble opinion, are THE best airline to fly with, but I am slightly biased as I've been using them for years. (But when was the last time you got ice cream on a plane...)

I stopped off at Dubai, and headed towards gate 19 - not to board a plane but to go for a swim. Around here is the airport hotel and it has a complex where you can go for a swim, massage, shower, etc. It's a good way to get flexible again after sitting for a while. (Temp 32C at 1am!)

Next stop Singapore - not enough time to go for a swim here at Changi (top floor of the airport) but enough time to pick up messages and call home, to let them know it was a measly 26C.

Got through Customs and out the door of Tullamarine airport on Saturday 4th at 0230 in the morning. At 11am I was up again and heading out the door (I'm staying at Mooroolbark just now) to go into Melbourne City to pick up my uniform. It's a light blue colour, issued with 2 shirts, 2 trousers, 1 hat, 1 jacket, 1 waterproof poncho, 1 bum bag, 1 sunscreen (very glad to have that), booklets and I should have a water bottle, but I left that behind when I went to pick up everything up. (Come on... Jet Lag, Lack of Sleep etc played a part here).

Then I headed back out to Mooroolbark, turning down invitations to go out and instead settling to stay in with a movie and pizza with Bec. Let's just say at 8pm I was needing matchsticks to hold my eyes open. In bed and fast asleep by 9.15pm.

This morning (Sunday) I woke at 7.30am (usual time back home) and I've got a training session today at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). I've no idea what it will entail, but I'll let you know when I know.

On a separate note - I'm taking time out to head up to Sydney tomorrow to visit with another branch of the family, before coming back down to Melbourne on Friday. I've got training again on the 12th at the Telstra Dome, and then the Games start.

I'd like to wish all the teams well, but hey, I'm Scottish.... So I'll finish with saying

"All the Best to the Scotland Team"
Posted on Jane at 00:10


Hi Jane, How are things going down under? How about a games update?

Graham, IBHQ from glasgow

ps : the new terminal at changi is awesome!

carol --- from over here

i go to nz twice a year and usually stpover for three days in singapore at my sons best friends house-singapore airlines are GREAT lots of leg room(in economy class) and the staff are so kind and helpfull!

carol from from over here

I come to have a looksee in here now and again. I am a Scot (came here aged 31), named Jane and i live in Lismore in Australia. Few small coincidences that made me smile. Love to all in Lismore Scotland from Lismore Australia. ps my mother also loves Emirates, she is coming here in December from Glasgow on Emirates

Jane Laidlaw from Lismore, NSW Australia

Jane laidlaw in Aust. coincidences?Take a look on a NZ map--Hamilton(north island)-methven,roxburgh,kelso,cheviot,st.andrews(i won't go there)hampden(a scots footbal lover settled here?)stirling(nr plaids from outback's hometown of balclutha)fortrose,clyde,atholl,morven,.no doubt i've missed out on others and no doubt will visit some more on north islans once i'm installed begining of decmber

carol from overe here--for now

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