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Day One - Canberra to Honolulu

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

G'day Friends and Followers

Just a brief note to let you know that we've arrived and have settled into the 'hotel'. Strange set-up with the reception in one building and our accommodation in another complex about two blocks down the road. Certainly not the most impressive establishment but Jenny judged it "All right" because the sheets are clean. I must admit it wasn't the top priority for me.

The journey overall went very well and there were no problems. On the contrary, when we checked in at the Canberra Airport we were given two visitor passes to the QANTAS Lounge. A comfortable place to while away a few hours.

The security check was a new experience with me receiving special treatment in the form of a physical pat down rather than a scan. We were also caught out with some prohibited items in our carry-on luggage. I lost a small Leatherman Tool and Jenny a pair of scissors. Jenny was also singled out for a drug test - it is because she looks so sweet and innocent and would no doubt fit the profile for the perfect 'drug mule'. There was a long wait in Sydney, fully expected and we departed about 22:40. The flight was uneventful and I managed to doze off for a good part of the trip.

Arrival in Honolulu reminded us that the Tropics are HOT and HUMID. It didn't take long for my shirt to be completely saturated. While we waited in the queues for Border Security we were twice selected, along with a dozen or so others, to join other queues that were moving faster. A bit like a VIP promotion. Again no hassles and reasonably fast processing.

Connecting with the 'shuttle' crew was somewhat haphazard but again not unexpected. There was a considerable delay as other members of the group were located and we waited for the bus to arrive. An additional little incident occurred when our bus was involved in a very minor collision. Someone bumped us from the rear, no damage to the bus but the driver was most concerned when I mentioned 'whiplash'. He was much relieved when I told him I was kidding. He must have asked us at least five times to find out if we were hurt in any way. It would have been a LOT of paperwork all round

We had to fill in some time after we checked into the 'hotel', our room was not yet ready. Their check-in time is 15:00. During a walk to fill in time we withdrew some money from an ATM. There are transaction limits, not very clearly stated and all amounts are paid in $20 bills. That makes for quite a bundle when we're withdrawing a few hundred.

The 'studio apartment' is quite comfortable comprising of a large bedroom, quite adequate kitchen and a sizable lounge room.

As I write this we are experiencing a violent thunderstorm accompanied by a tropical down-pour. We'll have to find something to eat or at least some supplies for our three day stay but may have to hold off for an hour or two.

Take care and enjoy the chills of the Australian winter.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 21:53 Archived in USA Tagged flight honolulu

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Sounds like things went reasonably well - pretty well learned to roll with the punches by now I'm sure. Sorry about that Leatherman tool - they're pretty handy! Hope you have good weather for your Hawaiian stay.

by milaniet

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