Over forty hours after leaving Mapleton (and running on about 4 hours sleep total in all that time – less for Andrew and Tim!) we finally arrived in Davos, Switzerland. We were so hyped by all the new sights and seeing our dear friends, the Crichtons, that we didn’t even feel tired! The boys looked pale with black circles under their swollen eyes (seriously, they looked terrible!) but it didn’t stop them immediately going off and running around with all the village (pronounced “willage”!) children. The Crichton girls introduced them around and soon they disappeared into a neighbours house (aaaaggghhh!!!). No, seriously, we were delighted with that. The girls have these gorgeous baby rabbits so even if all the kids didn’t understand each other, they all know how to cuddle fluffy bunnies and chase each other around. At one stage I looked out the window of the Crichtons house to see Tim talking with an old lady. I have no idea what he was trying to communicate but the hand signals were cute and the lady was smiling!
But I haven’t even told you about the flights yet! I don’t want to bore you with aeroplane stories but there are some bits I just have to tell you!
After we checked in at Brisbane airport, we discovered that we had been mysteriously upgraded to Premium Economy. Having never flown overseas before this piece of news didn’t mean that much to me (however, Andrew was quite excited!). It was only when we were, literally, ushered to our enormous seats and handed a glass (real glass!!) of champagne and a very distinguished man (maybe the head of staff or something?) came to personally greet us that I realised we were in for a treat! How did this happen? Why us? well, I can only guess that some special friends from Mapleton who work for Qantas maybe put in a good word for us….I suppose we’ll only find out when we get back! The special treatment didn’t stop there either. When the flight attendants found out it was our first overseas flight (well it was for the boys and myself) they brought us celebratory Qantas pyjamas and beautiful toiletries and even more food! Because it was Joseph’s birthday he was given an extra present! O.K, it still doesn’t stop there. After watching movies and generally indulging, Elijah decides it’s time to break open the origami paper and make some creations. He began handing out paper cranes and bunny rabbits and picture frames to all and sundry. Our special flight attendant, Katherine, asked if she could give one to the Captain, which of course Elijah agreed to. About half an hour later she came back and told us that we had all been invited up to the flight deck to meet the Captain and crew when we landed!! Wow! I’ll try and be quick…I know Im waffling, but it was so exciting! The short story was that we taken upstairs and into the cockpit where Elijah was personally thanked and given the opportunity to ‘fly the plane’! We have a great photo of this and we’ll up load it soon.
Well, we’ve all slept and now coffee awaits. Thanks for reading this extremely long blog…I will try to keep them shorter from now on!
P.S you should taste the sausages here….they are out of this world!
PPS Just looked out the window and it’s snowing!!!