I made it home safe and sound and the flight back did not seem as long as usual.
Partly that must be due to the three excellent German movies I watched: Mr & Mrs Adelman, My blind date with life (Meine blinde Date mit dem Leben) and SMS for you (SMS für Dich). I recommend them all - charming, witty and insightful.
Singapore Airlines knows how to pick them. I watched Barbara on the way over and it was also excellent (about the difficult choices people had to make about living in East or West during the DDR days).
I listened to Jonas Kaufmann sing his way through Mahler's Lied von der Erde, a new recording from Vienna with Kaufmann singing both tenor and baritone parts. I enjoyed it so much (with noise cancelling headphones - best travel investment ever) I listened to the whole thing twice. I think I'll have to buy the CD. There were still some hours until landing so I watched a New York production of Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Blum playing Romeo.
No wonder the flights seemed shorter - and in fact they are, an hour and a half shorter than the other direction and you notice the difference.
Now I'm back in NSW. It must be winter as lots of people on the train had colds although the temperature is about the same as Hamburg in early June. The difference is that houses here are chronically underinsulated and underheated so it seems much much colder.