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  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Welcome home Hannah! 😀 Glad to hear that you’re back. Hmmm what’s with the 300 questions fellow passenger? Hasn’t he heard of google? 😛 And that abalone question is kind of randomly thrown in (unless of course you were discussing abalone…)

  2. Fiona

    yay! welcome back to CBR!

    shame about the lack of dessert, should have at least had fruit!

  3. croquecamille

    Glad you made it safe and sound. And that some good finally came of the toe woe! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

  4. lesley

    I really enjoyed reading this! & sharing your plane reminded me of when I went to Perth OMG what a journey that was lol what a great place the www is especially for us foodies! :o)

  5. Kath Lockett

    “Savour last Starbucks Frappuccino, which is not revolting.” That surely CAN’T be true!

    LOVED your chocolate photo – thank god the suitcase arrived or we may have woken up headlines of ‘Woman runs amok at Canberra airport: Star Force called in with shields and pepper spray’

  6. Hannah

    Lorraine: Thanks! It’s nice to be back (kind of). Every single question that man asked was completely out-of-the-blue and had no relationship to anything. It was quite bizarre. And made me feel stupid – should I know where Australia’s planes are built?

    Fiona: Well, there was a banana, but I don’t think that counts. Hmph.

    Camille: Go for it! Any joke and/or smile that comes from the toe is a worthy joke and/or smile indeed 🙂

    Lesley: Thank you for reading it! I’m glad it gave you some measure of enjoyment 🙂 The internet (and blogs) do make the world a happier place, I think!

    Kath: I admit to no shame in having an undying love for Coffee Frappuccinos. The rest of America can keep its double-pumpkin-spice-macchiato-iced-whip-latte-peppermint-mochas, but I already miss my sweet coffee milk ice blended cups of heaven.

    And *laughs* what a shame, I’ve always wanted to be front page news. I think I prefer having my chocolate, though!

  7. Lauren

    I’ve seen some ads for the Peanut Green & Black’s, but haven’t seen it in Charlottesville. Will buy it when I see it! I will never tire of salt with my chocolate. We did recently get Chocolove’s Peppermint and Almond/Sea Salt bar at Take-it-Away, though. Hasn’t been the weather for peppermint, but almond will be next on my list.

    And, though for you it may be home-in-boring-Canberra, for the American readers, it’s Oh Boy! Canberra! So maybe you could do a round-up of the local sights and restaurants?

  8. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Welcome home! You must be so glad to be back – did the Aussie drawl at Customs make you smile? lol.

    Oh poor you, I always busy myself with my entertainment unit when I’m travelling on my own. And woohoo! Such relief that the chocolate made its safe journey home too!

  9. theresa

    What a long day! I hate travelling like that, but the benefits of being in exciting new places keeps me torturing myself (sometimes). You seem to have handled it quite nicely. When I came back from Manchester I did’nt have a toe issue but I did have a head cold, so I made a point of sniffling and sneezing and coughing as I checked in, and I ended up with a row to myself. Ain’t nothing wrong with playing up your problems to scam extra space on a plane. SPACE ON A PLANE! Not as good as snacks on a plane, but I tried.

  10. Food lover

    OMG – 33 hours later arrive home! Why is Australia SO far from everywhere else? I have a trip booked to Europe and as much as I am looking forward to it, I’m dreading the flight… Oh well, you got there eventually 🙂

  11. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    LOL you should not need to know where Australian planes are built 😛

  12. Hannah

    Lauren: Well-spotted through the blurriness! Definitely keep an eye out for the peanut G&B – I may or may not have already opened it 😛 And thank you, thank you for the encouragement to keep blogging! Maybe I will try to do some exploring of Canberra with “new” eyes 🙂

    Helen: The Aussie drawl as soon as I got on the plane was wonderful – partly because it came from air host guy telling me my passport photo was good. Oh, how I laughed… Yes, the return of the chocolate was very welcome!

    Theresa: The awfulness is always worth it in the long run 🙂 Also, I’d like to think we’re the more appreciative travellers for the trials we got through to get places faaaaar away! Head colds on planes are the pits – ugh, the ear pain! PAIN ON A PLANE!

    Food lover: That’s exactly the way to look at it – it gets over! And 33 is counting time to get to/from airport, so you can break it into smaller, manageable bits in your head 😛 Also, is it bad that I got back yesterday and I’m already jealous that you’re off to Europe soon?

  13. Simply Life

    I LOVE that you have a suitcase full of chocolate! Welcome home!

  14. Agnes

    I GASPED when I read that your suitcase with all the chocolate hadn’t arrived. Thank goodness it showed up, otherwise you have had to abdicate the Chocolate Queen throne.

    Welcome back to Australia. 🙂 Can’t believe that Qantas didn’t upgrade you to business though – your poor foot!

    PS: I eat peanut butter from the jar with a spoon too! Who needs bread?

  15. Johanna GGG

    welcome home to the land of oz – am sure you are saying there is no place like home! Must feel bizarre but good bizarre!

    glad the chocolate arrived and the customs officers weren’t savvy enough to just say it got lost.

    I too wish that airlines understood that vegetarians eat chocolate – is that so sttrange!!!!

    I am tired too but am surely not as tired as you – enjoy home and sleep and good food

  16. Vaala

    This post just totally brightened my day 🙂

  17. Hannah

    Simply Life: I’m nothing if not dedicated 😉

    Agnes: You’ll have to usurp me first! And I agree – bread is for weaklings 😛

    Johanna: It is definitely bizarre – mostly because everything is the same! Maybe we should write irate letters to airflight companies re: vegetarian chocolate love? Or we could just catch up on sleep, instead…

    Vaala: And your comment brightened mine… thank you! 😀

  18. Cindy


    This amused me inordinately. But I should compose myself and return to work. 😉

  19. Hannah

    Cindy: 😀 But really, I think reading blogs is far more worthwhile than working. (Says the girl who just got back from overseas and hasn’t quite figured out the whole job thing yet.)

  20. Louise

    Great post Hannah. Nice to have you back on home soil. Although of course I miss having someone in Paris doing the hard yards on research for me. I love your time line, yet it makes me think to a not too distant time when that will be me, trying to make a 9 year old eat those little boxes of hideous food on a plane for about 100 hours. I too was alarmed that your chocolate suitcase had not arrived. Then I saw the photo and was quite astounded at the amount of chocolate that you seemed to have conveyed in your “not chocolate” suitcase. I bought one of those rectangular French ones in your honour when I was in Mona Vale recently. Sadly I didn’t think it was all that.

  21. Hannah

    Louise: Thanks – it’s (mostly) nice to be back! I really look forward to hearing/seeing/reading about your Paris adventures soon! Hopefully your son will be entertained for a little while by the plethora of movie choices on the plane… But what chocolate do you mean by the “rectagular French one”? I’m intrigued…

  22. Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)

    I simply CAN’T BELIEVE you’re home! I do NOT envy your 33-hour trip, but I do envy that stash of sweet goodies (and that airplane tofu stir fry, strangely). And I see you got your hands on some carob chips, yay!! Methinks you won’t be needing to do a bloggie-food-exchange with an American like me anytime too soon 😛

  23. Hannah

    Amber: A part of me can’t believe it either! Sadly the carob chips are currently at home, not at my housesitting gig (did I mention this place doesn’t have a working oven as well as not having a working microwave?), but they’ll get their time in the spotlight eventually. And maybe no bloggie-exchange for a month or so… but you’re not getting off the hook forever, lady! 😛

  24. Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)

    I should hope I’m not off the hook forever! Though a Vitamix, at around 700 Australian dollars, may be a particularly tall order 😛

    Oh, and I’d like to amend my above comment of “I simply CAN’T BELIEVE you’re home” with “and that you flew right over Kansas/Missouri and didn’t even drop in to say hello!”

  25. Hannah

    Amber: I had a feeling you were going to pull that cop-out expensive line 😛

    I’d also like to say that I asked the flight attendent mid-flight to make a very important stop-over at your place, but she told me the other passengers would riot if I made them miss their connecting flights to Australia. Lame.

  26. Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)

    Hey now, that wasn’t a cop-out, just a rain check. When I win the lottery I will DEFINITELY buy you a Vitamix! (First step: start playing the lottery…)

    Riot?! How childish of them. ::Shakes head::

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