Once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze; kind of…
So in order to get from Dubrovnik to Sydney, it took three planes, sixteen hours of layovers, and two tired travelers. We woke up at dawn and had our last meal in Dubrovnik ;( and then took a cab to the airport where we hopped on our first plane to Rome.
The flight was a quick one, only a little over an hour, but here’s the rough part – our layover in Rome was TEN hours! Our initial reaction was a positive one; we’re lucky to get one more tasty meal in Rome! Well, that quickly backfired after we stored our luggage at the airport (costing us 40 Euro). After walking around for 30 minutes looking for the Metro we discovered there wasn’t one! Nope, Rome does not have a Metro leading to the airport, only taxis and trains. A quick look at the train schedule confirmed it wasn’t an option if we wanted to make our flight (and hang out in the Luxury Lounge for a while). Not wanting to spend the extra cash on a Taxi we concluded we’ll just check in for our flight early and eat in the airport. Not so much… Check-ins are only allowed 4 hours prior- we had eight to go.
I think it was our destiny to eat McDonald’s right out side the airport check-in, as that was our only option left. We made the best of it though, eating and then finding a spot to sit and read until we were allowed to check-in.
The Private Luxury Lounge (admittance included in our tickets) inside the airport was more like it – plush reclining chairs, a complimentary buffet of hor d’oeruves, and a complimentary full bar. Now this is the way to travel On to Flight #2 – Rome to Dubai.
Once we arrived in Dubai we were exhausted. The flight was about 5 hours overnight and we were both quite restless. We arrived in Dubai about 5:00AM where we checked-in for yet another flight and proceeded to the Lounge awaiting our 10:00AM flight. We both ate some food then I slept while Mike got some work done. If I could have kept my eyes open and my body moving for one more second, I would have because this Lounge was incredible. There was a SPA and SHOE SHINER! And no, I am not kidding! We definitely could have spent our last 10 hour layover here, with no complaints
Our flight from Dubai to Sydney was enjoyable, relaxing, and down-right fun. It was long, about 13.5 hours, but we could’ve been on it for days. It was like a flying movie theatre/bar/restaurant/bedroom. We watched about 3 movies each, ate everything that came our way, slept a bit, and lounged in the private bar stationed in the back of the craft. With the time change and travel, we arrived in Sydney around 7:30AM.
Completely exhausted we caught a cab to our hotel, Quay West Suites, located in The Rocks. This city already looks beautiful, at least the part I can see through my heavy eyelids. We were obviously WAY early for check-in so we threw on our suits and lounged around the pool until about noon. Ready to get out and see Sydney, we headed up to our room to change, but then we both fell asleep… for 6 hours! Oops.
Upon recommendation by the hotel’s Concierge, we dined at The Cut, a magnificently decorated steakhouse (brick walls, open piped ceiling, and butcher knives thrown into the wood as door handles). It was amazing, and we were able to check off “Get Mike an Aussie Steak” from our Sydney check-list. It was quite a late dinner though, so we headed back to the hotel. We aren’t quite caught up with the sleeping schedule yet (dinner felt like breakfast), but we’ll get there.
Our only Full day in Sydney tomorrow will be a busy one; lots of ground to cover.