Day 1, Friday 23 May, 2014 - departed Sydney

After a day's work, Karen, Simon and Patrick bid me farewell for the flight to Stockholm via Beijing. Arriving into a wet Beijing after 11hrs, I decided to rest in transit for 7 hrs instead of another visit to Tiananmen Sq.

 The bicycle box came in under my 20kg limit. It's always a gamble if the box is charged as oversize, as it exceeds the allowable measurements on the Air China website. In 2 Europe trips, so far so good.

The bicycle box came in under my 20kg limit. It's always a gamble if the box is charged as oversize, as it exceeds the allowable measurements on the Air China website. In 2 Europe trips, so far so good.

 Farewell photo as Sydney Kingsford Smith airport.

Farewell photo as Sydney Kingsford Smith airport.

 Beijing Airport - resting in the transit area, trying to recover from the adverse reaction to the breakfast food. This is not the spot I slept through and missed my connection, but similar.

Beijing Airport - resting in the transit area, trying to recover from the adverse reaction to the breakfast food. This is not the spot I slept through and missed my connection, but similar.