12 hours in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport: Australia

This was the 30th post (Day 30) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.

31st July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia

In airports and terminals, I found a new game.

Of hide-and-seek, with an edge of chaos and mayhem
Time is playing a good referee, and keeps reminding me.
The exits are always there. But I have no plans of taking them.
Sunrise melbourne airport

Sunrise in Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport

They say time flies. Mine must have taken a concorde, because the realisation is a kickback when you are already typing out the 30th day post. The last one month was spent in 5 different countries, and that is a fairly good start.

Click here to check out pictures from Vanuautu, one of my favourite countries the last month!

Some people tell me that I am stupid to travel Australia for just a week, and New Zealand for just 2 weeks. The thing is, I am not on a vacation! I am on a year-long travel trip, and I have to ensure that my budget stays for at least a year. And the easiest way to bust that budget, is to stay longer in countries down under, where the prices are nothing less than ridiculous. To those critics of mine, let me get to Nepal, and I will stay there for a month. If you wish.

Further Reading: I did go on to stay for a month in Nepal! My favorite? Check out Bhaktapur!

So, last night, I took a flight from Christchurch to Singapore, with a transit in Melbourne Tullamarine airport. The problem was, the transit lasted for a total of 12 hours! And, because of the weird transit laws in Australia (In most countries, anything less than 24 hours is considered transit. In Australia, it is 8 hours!), I had to get my heavy check-in luggage, and put myself to the mercy of the terminal gods. Given that it was a weekday, and it was midnight already, I choose this option over going out into the city. Half a season of ‘Newsroom’ later, I am barely awake. Now is a good time to get some sleep.

Or maybe not. The flight is in just 2 more hours.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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