My visit to Oz in December 2009 left quite an impression. So, the very next year (2010), I decided to visit Oz again.
However, this time, I made sure to avoid flying into Brisbane altogether! After the rather unpleasant “welcome” I received from immigration when I arrived there the previous year, I decided to fly into Melbourne instead.
And, what a contrast it was!
To cut a long story short, it took me TEN MINUTES to wheez through customs and immigration — compared to the 2 hours I spent at Brisbane the year before.
I was so surprised and pleased that, as I was hauling my suitcase away, I asked the Immigration officer directly (as he was going through my case, we’d struck up a chat, and I told him of my experiences at Brisbane airport the previous December ) : “how come it’s so easy here ?”
He replied : “Well, we’re not as uptight here in Melbourne as they are up in Brisbane.”
Go figure! :=))))
Anyway, I spent about 15 days in Melbourne. And it was even better this time. I visited the beach twice……….was out wining and dining almost every evening. Unfortunately, there was no BBQ this time; but, I certainly wasn’t complaining. I made even more new friends than I had on my previous trip.
However, there was something quite unexpected : while I was in Melbourne, we had a hailstorm! I’d never experienced hail before, so it was quite an experience. Especially as the hailstones were the size of tennis-balls !! The storm lasted only about half an hour, but that was more than enough time to cause serious damage. Cars were destroyed, house-roofs smashed in, windows shattered, etc.