Hello from gate 31 at Sydney * international * airport.
By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Auckland, New Zealand, aboard Jetstar flight JQ201, the first jet to leave Australia as part of the round-trip bubble established between the two countries.
If, like me and basically everyone else on the planet, you haven’t been through an airport check-in process in a while, I’m here to tell you that … it still sucks. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I showed up here, maybe nature had reclaimed the terminal like in an apocalypse movie. But everything is mostly how I remember it, down to the substandard coffee I paid $ 8.60 for.
But obviously there is a lot of anticipation among the people waiting to board. So far I have come across a mix of those returning to New Zealand after more than a year separated from their family, as well as the highly enthusiastic tourists desperate tourism providers hope will provide crucial financial livelihoods.
But there is also a first day back to school atmosphere. Everybody seems a little giddy from doing this again that we all took for granted for so long.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism