Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Brisbane to London in 57 hours - eh??

Carly finally wandered into home this morning, after a horrendous 57 hour-long trip from Brisbane to London via Singapore and unexpectedly a short stopover in Frankfurt, before arriving into Heathrow.

Disaster struck when she arrived into Singapore, and couldn't get onto her next flight. As this often happens when she's travelling standby on Qantas staff travel, she simply sat tight and crossed fingers for the next possible flight. But that one was full also.. and then after spending the night sleeping on the lounges in the terminal she awoke to find the next flight potentially full up as well with no chance of a standby seat becoming available - so with her checked luggage being held by the airline she buddy'd up with another staff traveller also stuck there on the way to London and headed out of Changi for some sightseeing on not one but two free Singapore tours available for passengers with time to kill.. damn funny! I wish i'd been there to see all of this going on. it seemed like she'd become a permanent resident of the airport!!

She also spent a bit of time with her new travel buddy chewing on some Tiger beers in some bar at the top of the airport - from my stopovers there I never knew this bar existed, and apparently it offers an amazing view of the airfield while sipping on a cool drink and experiencing this fancy evaporative cooling system they've installed which sprays a fine mist into the air to naturally cool the temperature down! Sounds strange so I'll have to take her word for it..

After several e-mails, phone calls, and text messages between me in London and her mum in Brisbane, she finally got booked onto an overnight Qantas flight into Frankfurt, and then an early morning BA flight over to the UK, and finally, home!

If it wasn't so rediculous it would be funny! over 57 hours door to door by the time she caught the Piccadilly line home with her backpack!!

Apparently there was some airline convention on that weekend in Singapore, meaning that all flights would be full up with airline staff from all over the world - from what she mumbled to me just before in her drowsy grumpy state it seems that she is never travelling 'staff' again!!

-shane

1 Comments:

At Wed Apr 26, 10:25:00 pm GMT+10 , Blogger Shane & Carly said...

Frequent flyer points back to Australia, here we come!!

 

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