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I made it!

It’s been nearly a week since landing in Adelaide and I’ve been busy getting settled in; acquainting myself with the time change and convincing myself that yes, I am actually here.  There’s been some concern amongst friends and family that I may have been eaten by Australian wildlife as I’ve dropped off the communicative planet this week but allow me to assure you all that I am alive and well.  

My flights (three of them!) were all excellent and I didn’t have any difficulty navigating four airports with my excessive baggage.  After a bit of schmoozing, I even landed a window seat for each leg and for the two longer flights there were empty seats beside me… airplane bliss.  I think I’d imagined travelling to the other side of the world as somewhat traumatic.  Worst Case Scenario Girl pictured 13 sleepless hours with crying babies surrounding her; tearful fits of boredom and the attendant carts running out of ginger ale.  In actual fact, it was very relaxed. 

Qantas was a delightful surprise and I haven’t a single negative thing to report.  This may be thanks in part to the magic combination cocktail of sleep-inducing pills I self-administered upon locating my seat but I really think that’s neither here nor there.  The flight attendants were all charming (and curiously nearly all male. I wondered about an international flight gender superiority imbalance there) and they came up and down the aisles throughout the night bringing trays of assorted beverages in large plastic glasses – no piddly airplane cups in sight!  I nearly slept through dinner (thank you magic cocktail) but breakfast was very good… considering it was served 11 hours into a flight.  Whenever I have airplane food and especially airplane breakfast food I think about my friend Kristy who just loves it.  At least she did love it, 6 years ago when we last spoke about this.  Still into it Kristy?

The entertainment options on the Qantas international flight were like nothing I’ve ever seen.  I almost wished I didn’t need to sleep because there were so many interesting and varying programs and films available.  In the end, I watched The Fighter and The King’s Speech and one episode of Hoarders that brought me into Melbourne with not a moment to spare. 

I’d packed some extra clothes in my carry-on case and I changed into a new outfit between each flight.  I also brushed my teeth and freshened up as much as I possibly could throughout the journey and as a result I felt quite comfortable while traveling.  In fact, the only discomfort I experienced was a bit of inevitable swelling on the Los Angeles – Melbourne flight.  Because of the open seat, I was able to keep my legs elevated now and then and I joined the conga line of plane walkers when I needed to get up and move about.

In Melbourne I was informed that my bags (all three of them!) had not made the trip with me and were still somewhere in Los Angeles… or Toronto.  I’m not sure.  Given their weight and size I’ll admit that I was a bit relieved and I moved quickly through customs without them.  It was a relief to finally arrive in Adelaide to the warmest welcome I’ve ever received.   

My bags arrived by courier two days after I landed and I’ve been busy unpacking ever since.  Okay, maybe not.  But I have been busy!  It’s a 5 day long weekend here in South Australia and Andrew and I have been making the most of his time off.  Blogging will begin in earnest this week and  I’m looking forward to sharing my Australian discoveries with you.

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Tomorrow, I’ll board a flight from Toronto to Los Angeles and approximately six days later I’ll arrive in South Australia.  Okay; no.  It’s more like 28 hours later but with the time difference it will be Tuesday when I land in Adelaide.   I’ll be on the other side of the world in two days.  Now that it’s so close, I’m feeling a range of emotions: excitement; anxiety; elation; fear.  This was the fastest week of my life!

I’ve got a case of my typical pre-trip-blues.  Does this happen to you?  Historically, I’ve felt a lot of anxiety prior to every journey I’ve embarked upon.  I suppose I don’t do well with change and I hate good-byes and even though I know that good-byes today aren’t really good-byes (thank you Mark Zuckerberg!) it can be overwhelming.  If I’m not careful present I can slip into my Worst Case Scenario Girl role with the greatest of ease.  More about her, later.

The mind is a wonderful thing, though.  With time comes the fading away of some memories and for most of us it’s the positive ones that linger and grow.  When I look back at trips I’ve taken and places I’ve lived I can only readily recall those good memories and I have to really dig to find the anxiety and irritants that may have felt more prevalent at the time.  Maybe you’re wondering why I’d dig deep for frustrations, especially as I’m already feeling down; the truth is that by making a conscious choice to reflect on any pre-trip drama that’s come before this current case of cold-feet, I’m reminded of the moments and opportunities in which I’ve felt risk; fear; anxiety and leapt forwards anyway.

So here I go.  I’m jumping!

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