2009 Introduction

2009 This was the year I visited Montpellier (again), Carcassonne, Pont du Gard, Nîmes, Béziers, Narbonne, Maguelone and Carnon in France, London, Dorset and Devon in England, Shanghai and Suzhou in China and Sydney in Australia.

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Sydney 12 September 2009

Qantas had changed my flight time from Shanghai to Sydney and had told me that I couldn’t catch the connecting flight to Wellington and would have to spend the day in Sydney. After a long flight this is often very upsetting but fortunately one of my good friends lives quite close to the airport in Sydney and she was kind enough to come and collect me so that I could spend the day with her and her little family. Continue reading

China 6-11 September 2009

And so it was that on 6 September it was time to leave England yet again and make my way home, via China. Kate and Julie took me to Paddington and I was soon on the plane to Shanghai, lucky enough to score three seats. I actually slept really well and arrived on time. It was very early in the morning and Alwyn had given me very clear instructions to catch the bus into the city. This wasn’t as difficult as I’d feared it might be and he was there at the bus stop to meet me and take me to Anna’s apartment. Continue reading