The trip back home

It was an early start of 5am to get everyone ready for the drive to the airport. Aunty Lorraine drew the short straw and we all set off in a somber mood.

We were soon checked in and we had a very tearful farewell as goodbye would mean we would not see Aotoea again. The land of the long white cloud had been very kind to us but when such a fantastic trip comes to an end it will always end in tears. One last wave and we were through security and on our long return leg.

The 3 hour flight to Sydney was easy compared to the second leg of 14 hours.

Next was a 10 hour wait in Abu Dhabi, luckily we had a room at the Premier Inn so we could freshen up before our 7 hour flight to Manchester.

Then then the train back to Carlisle

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