At long last it had come to it. The day of the great Journey had arrived. The chapter in Switzerland had come to an end, and I was ready to depart. At least, after I had filled out and quickly filed my last tax return! I got picked up by a courtesy car from Emirates Airlines. So far so smooth. At the airport it turned out that Business Class does not entitle you to unlimited luxury though. I had 54kg of checked luggage, and 3 pieces of hand luggage probably weighing about 25 or so kg total. That was too much :) But the lady form Emirates was very helpful and allowed me to repack my suitcases so the checked luggage would be 42kg total (2 over the limit) and my hand luggage was 4 items weighing about 35kg total, which is 2 items and 21kg over the limit. Why this matters, since it still goes on the same plane, is beyond me. The plane itself, an AIrbus A380, was awesome, with an amazing private 'cabin' and a free lounge bar.
The flight to Dubai took just over 6 hours. We arrived close to midnight, and I headed straight to the gate for the connecting flight. I had so much luggage there was no way I could fit in any more duty free shopping anyway. The flight to Melbourne was operated by Quantas, and I must say I really liked them. It was also an Airbus A380, sadly without a lounge bar. But their seats were very comfortable.