February 1999

BagFriday, February 26th, 1999
Ready to go! The desks in the office are all straightened out. From now on, others wlill have to deal with 'bits' and 'stores', with 'statistics' and background information, with 'inventories and newsbriefs. WE ARE DONE...! Six week of a totally different lifestyle. Thanks to good preparations, we packed our bags in a flash.There even is a little room left. But all our electronic equipment hasn't been packed yet... Guess most of it will go into the carry-ons. Wolfgang still has to figure out how to use the video-camera and how to program the GPS!

Thursday, February 25th, 1999
Our paperwork is finally complete. The duplicate of my microlight-license arrived today, as well as the special permit we received from the Australian Civil Aviation Authority. These were the last papers we were waiting for. Now we are allowed to fly our microlights 'Down under' although they don't exactly fit the australian requirements, with the sole restriction that no one but Gisela or myself are allowed to fly the microlights.

Sunday, February 21st, 1999
Today, the "Berlin Express" arrived in Freemantle and our small 20-foot container with our precious freight has been unloaded. All we need now is the custom's approval and then we can get our microlights out of there. Our contact at Hapag-Lloyd, Uwe Lindemann, who just so happens to be a paraglider himself, has assured us that everything is going just as planned.

DesktopBremen, February 16th, 1999
We are definitely getting nervous... Both of us still have to get an international driver's license, but Wolfgang can't even find his German one. No wonder, considering the chaos on his desk! But, to give him credit, this mess of papers and maps is due to the fact that the German Microlight- Championships have to be planned right now as well.

Bremen, February 11th, 1999
Thank goodness for the Internet: After some researching we found a website for hotel room bookings in Perth. First we were informed that there actually would still be vacancies and today we sent out our room-reservations by e-mail. Now we cross our fingers that this will work out. If so, we will spend the first two nights in Australia at the Park Inn International in Perth.

Bremen, December 6th, 1998
No turning back now: the flights have been booked. On the 28th of February we´ll be setting off from Frankfurt at 14.00 hrs (2 o´clock pm) for Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. In Hong Kong we will have about seven hours´ break to stretch our legs etc and then at 15.35 local time we will continue onto Perth, finally arriving on austrailian soil for the first time just before midnight.

Bremen, December 3rd, 1998
Good news: Hapag Lloyd will be transporting our planes to Australia. The transport time is shorter than expected. If all goes to plan the container will be leaving Hamburg on the Berlin Express on the 26th January and will be in Freemantle, the port of Perth on the 21st February.