And for those new to the world of Alli & Genine, I clearly need to fill you in. My husband is a singer. Not in a rock’n'roll band or a pop group, but in a choir. And this is no ordinary choir, let me tell you. This is an award-winning choir. Would I hang out with anything less?
So, after winning a swag of trophies at last year’s Eisteddfod in good ol’ Maryborough, the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir is off to Wales (as in that small place next to the England where Tom Jones came from), no less, to join in the WORLD Eisteddfod of Choirs. Hooley dooley, that’s a long way from Maryborough folks!
So, being the dutiful wife (and also a big fan of European holidays), I decided to join my husband and the 80-strong contingent of choristers and family on their quest to win the ‘big’ one in Wales. Yes, I am officially a choir WAG (Wife And Girlfriend). I am Posh to David Beckham (minus the Hermes Birkin bag).
So today is my last day in Oz before I jump on that Airbus A380 and spend the next 28 hours travelling across the globe. And I am finally excited! I simply cannot wait to settle onto that aeroplane and get eating. Yes, I admit, I absolutely love airline food. And long-haul is the best! Not only can I start with a cheeky little wine or bubbles, they give you entrée, main and dessert! Plus, all the drinks are free. Yes free! (Again, those new to the Alli & Genine world need to be let in on a little secret – I don’t like spending money. It’s not in my DNA. I call it ‘frugal’. You may have other words for it, I know Alli does …).
And then there is the never-ending movie channel. Bliss! One of my favourite things in the world is heading off to the darkness of the cinema and settling in to watch a movie. See, flying on a plane is exactly the same – just without the popcorn and frozen Coke. Ah, I can’t wait!
The only thing I am dreading is sleeping. Or to be more precise, not sleeping. I have this terrible affliction – I simply cannot sleep on aeroplanes. At all. I am the one who is sitting wide awake in the darkness playing solitaire on my tablet while all the other passengers are soundly snoozing away. Alternatively, I am THAT passenger who tries to sleep sitting up, and whose head rocks from side to side (with an attractive river of drool escaping from the corner of my mouth), before suddenly dropping to their chest and waking them up with a start. Bloody hilarious when it’s other people, but terribly embarrassing when it’s me!
Anyway, aside from the drooling and random heading dropping incidents, I love flying on long haul. Give me my crackers and cheese, pretzels and a mini can of Coke and I am in heaven (well, almost!).
Wish me luck on my travels and I look forward to seeing you all on the other side!
Oh, and look after my buddy, Alli, while I am away – she’s a bit needy if you haven’t noticed.
Love you Al, and miss you – I’m off to be a WAG! (Stay tuned for my regularly ‘Diary of a WAG’ installments, when I can find free Wi-fi. Remember, I’m “frugal”.)