The journey so far…


The last few days have been very exciting, and pretty exhausting.

Our flights to Tokyo went well, except that our luggage was left behind at Brisbane. We filled out a form at Narita airport, and they told us that our luggage would meet us in London. So, with no spare clothes (well…I had none, but Bud was organised and had crammed some into his hand luggage) we headed to the airport. Didn’t really have any difficulties finding our way to the bus stop, or the hotel – all went smoothly.

I wanted to find a shop to get a t-shirt or something to sleep in, but we checked into our room first. And, there on the bed were two kimonos! No need to buy anything to sleep in! And it was reasonably comfortable.

We enjoyed noodles, sushi, fruit and Japanese tea for dinner, and went for wander before heading to bed.

Getting to the airport the next day was hassle free, and when we checked in we were told our luggage had made it and was on its way to London. While we were waiting for the flight, we were paged to the boarding gate and were a bit worried, but it was just to tell us again that our luggage had made it.

Flight to Helsinki was long, but fortunately the plane had individual TV screens with lots of movies and TV shows to choose from. An episode of Boston Legal, Family Guy, and Ice Age later, Bud and I were sharing tunes on iPod and wishing the second half of the flight would go quicker. It didn’t, but it was exciting to be getting where we were going so that helped pass the time.

At Helsinki we had to go through customs, even though we weren’t leaving the airport, which was a bit daunting because the staff there seemed very serious and efficient. Still, with nothing to smuggle we had no problems.

More to come soon…I’m going to have to post now because I’ve only got 1 minute of internet left.

Hope everyone’s well!

Bye for now 😉

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Hi Babe,

Lovely to hear how you are going! Tokyo sounded exciting and Helsinki a bit scary… You’ll be on your bus now and on to bigger and better things.

Love you, Mum & Dad.


P.S. I’m on your computer so it looks like you’re talking to yourself – lol.


Hey Derek!

Wow, sounds like an exciting trip already! Glad you’re going alright without any major hassles – that would’ve been a huge worry about your luggage though :0S

Hope you’re having a wonderful time!

– Rach


Dezza, You gotta love those airports, and how good is Boston Legal and Family Guy! Now I’ve warned you before but after reading the article in the Herald Sun about pickpocketers in Italy can i suggest that when u go to Rome, do what Ryan and I did, walk on the train with hands in your pockets holding ur wallets and cash, and stand up flat against a wall and eye off everyone haha. Seriously the kids wont hurt u but they are very good at getting ur money especially if you’ve been shopping! You’ll love London, hope you have… Read more »


Hi Derek

Sounds all very exciting! Very jealous that you are in London. Go to Harrods for me!

Keep us posted



Hey Dez.

So glad to hear everything is going relatively smoothly for you. Sounds like it is already quite an adventure for you.

Cannot wait to hear how the rest of your trip goes. We are all missing you so much already back home…well i am at least anyways! 😛

Be good mate. And keep safe!


Derk…sounds eventful already…even at the airport…although you do look Keep filling us in…thanks for the updates…



Dear Derek, have just logged onto your blog–a bit late you have been gone just over a week. doesn’t time fly? Remember what your frined said and watch for pickpockets. Love Kathy. oxoxoxo


Hi everyone. Thanks for you wishes – great to hear from you all. Thanks for your advice Ben – so far everywhere has felt pretty safe (the village we stayed at in Switzerland didn’t have locks on the doors it was so safe!) but here in Nice is feeling a bit dodgey – I don’t think our hotel is in the best part of town (something about the flashing neon ‘sex’ signs down the road…) Our luggage made it to London (we were told twice on two separate occasions at Narita airport that they had our luggage lol) so that… Read more »

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