Saturday, April 28, 2012

Welcome to Brisbane

I've come a long way in the last 48 hours.  Literally.  Although actually I'm not sure how many hours/days/weeks it has been, as night and day have merged into one, and given the time difference, Who Really Knows?

The trip went well - as well as a 24 hour trip can go.  The first flight to Heathrow was delayed "due to weather in Heathrow".  EGLL 260720Z 20012KT 9999 VCSH FEW015 SCT035 09/07 Q0991 TEMPO SHRA.  I do like checking to see whether people are telling the truth - although, to do them justice, it was very bumpy on the approach.  Lots of gasps from the cattle.  Passenger sitting beside me in shock horror at my using my phone on the departure "You are supposed to turn that off!  We might crash!"  Brainwash much.

Made the Malaysian flight in Heathrow at STD-10.  I think we were almost the last people on the flight, and it made it just a little bit more nerve-wracking that we couldn't get our boarding cards until we got to the gate.  We made it though, and so did our bags!

12.5 hours from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur, it didn't seem all that long a flight though, as I watched a movie, slept for 3 hours, listened to an audio book, and then slept for another 3 hours.  The tough flight was the 8hr one from Kuala Lumpur, as I succeeded in staying awake for the entire flight.  The last 2 hours involving lots of ice-sucking and walking around the airplane - if I had had any cocktail sticks I would've used them to prop my eyelids open !

And then Brisbane!  And I know you can't start a sentence with a conjunction.  But I really don't care.  Apparently La Nina is here in all her glory, gotta say, it's not hugely warm (19C today) and hugely wet.  Reminds me of Galway with its slanty rain, except real Galway slanty rain is cold, and this stuff is warm.  Warmish, anyway.  Got through customs without having to get my bag opened, which was awesome, and saved a lot of time (and saved my nutritional yeast, ha ha ha)  Apparently they wont even let you bring dirty shoes through customs!  Maybe it's a good thing I fell in the Irish sea and had to wash my runners.  LOL.

It gets dark really early here - around 1700.  I guess it is winter so I shouldn't be surprised.  The nice thing about being on the 14th floor is that one can sit in the apartment with one's curtains open and the only people who can see you are the ones in the apartments in the opposite skyscrapers... which are really too far away to see anything much (I hope).  The Truman Show starring Kate Bailey.  How did they edit the bathroom breaks, anyway?

This is a very long post, and realistically should have some photos.

Oh I'm SORRY, did you mean relevant photos???  TOUGH.

I don't really have anything more to report, unless you (who are you anyway????) want boring details such as what I had for lunch (cup-a-soup) or whether I've done any dishes yet (no).

Au Revoir !!!

1 comment:

  1. Love it, Kate. A great way to keep us informed of what's going on down under. Relevant pics would be appreciated too!