The flight to London

Trip Start Mar 29, 2011
Trip End Apr 07, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We arrived at Hong Kong at 5.30am and headed straight through transit and up to level 7, turn left and there is the Qantas First Lounge. Priority is a nice hot shower, which always is a welcome treat and as we don't have much time before we board, we don’t muck around with any shopping first. A light bite to eat, quiche and a latte and then we have a quick wander around an electrical shop to buy a cordless mouse, as we had left ours home.  Then it’s back to the plane. (Mark take note of my directions as you will want to move it and get first to showers, otherwise you risk queuing. I think there are about 6 shower rooms)

Ok when we boarded in Melbourne we were informed that they were having problems with the in flight entertainment system.  They rebooted but to no avail the thing was dead.  "Don’t worry it will be fixed when we get to HK" the FA tells all onboard.  Well we are back on board and still no luck with getting any movies etc.  23 hours of flying and not a damn thing to do.  Looks like food and champagne will have to keep us occupied.

I will be definitely writing a letter of complaint to Qantas on our return, as I have also just ordered a latte to then be told the coffee machine just broke down. Oh and I couldn’t get a set of PJ’s for this leg of the flight, as they didn’t have any in my size.  They did offer me a extra large and told me to roll up the sleeves – hmmm so my arms must be small and the rest of me will fit - nice.

 As we are now flying with the sun, I doubt i will use them anyway but as they aren’t any movies, sleep might be the only option.

The Captain came around for a chat with each of us, so I couldn’t resist asking for a photo – Andrew turned red but I got the shot.

Managed to get a little burst of sleep but when I woke the movies were going but not “on demand” so if you didn’t catch it from the start you were left behind.  I read a few magazines, and then get totally bored.  Angry Birds has at least fulfilled about half an hour but then I get annoyed I can’t get to the next level.  I then watch an episode of The cook & the Chef on my iphone.  Bored again, I decided to take a lap of the plane.  This sucker is huge and people everywhere and I know this is going to sound so wrong but man, I was glad to get back to our quiet little cabin (read between the lines)

I am now really bored so I stand in the FA galley and chat for a while.  Time zones are doing my head in – Melbourne is currently 7.08pm, Hong Kong is 4.08pm and London is 9.10am – so which one do I try to sync too.  Obviously London but I have just had a light lunch snack of half a steak sandwich (shared the other half with Drew) and yes it’s tradition for me to keep having that sandwich minus the cockroaches (need more of that story find one of my other blogs).

Drew is passing the time listening to his iPod and signing at a whisper, enough to drive me nuts but not enough for others to hear. ( Belinda just remember our trip to Bright in the car when we attempted to sing to the radio – rules for one)

If you go out to the galley they have little chockie cakes and fruit and a few other goodies to help yourself.  We have a main lunch service coming up in a few hours, so I am hanging out.

 Might just do another lap of the plane, for a bit of exercise and boredom relief.  Have already played solitaire on my phone77  that many times that I am over it.  Drew and I finally flick on our ipods and pass the final four hours listening to great music, lip syncing and having a ball – a few wines help and lately Andrew has discovered the palette for 25 year old whiskey (channelling his father no doubt) so after a couple we are a party on our own lol.

Lunch has just been ordered so here is what we are having;

Canapes of  Vegetable Sang Choi Bao & Crostini of Beef with Hummus

Sharing a Stir Fried Yamb Prawns with Black Beans and Ginger

Andrew is then having Seared Grouper with Tomatoe, Chilli, and Caper Sauce and stir fried Snake Beans.  I have chosen the Tasmarind and Sesame Chicken with Egg Noodles and stir fried Snake beans , side salad with Palm Sugar and Vinaigrette dressing.  Probably a cheese platter and desert to follow but at this stage we have gotten that far.

I finally have opened a few window shades, as we are flying over Moscow and there has been a blanket of snow on the ground for some distance.  So far this is the closest to Russia I think I have been – can’t really cross it off from my bucket list, as it really doesn’t count.  Siberian railway still on my agenda – Hermitage here I come – 50th birthday treat, even though I keep swapping from that and Antarctica.

Lunch was delicious and the winner was the Stir Fried Yamb Prawns – sensational.  Next came the cheese platter and chocolate selection, but by this stage we were stuffed. 

A few more hours to go and Drew and I start listening to our music collection with our iphones, we have our Bose noise cancellation headsets on, and they are brilliant.  I actually slept with mine on and the amount of cabin noise that it cancels is amazing. 

Eventually we land in wet old London, find our car and head to our hotel.  We are upgraded to a suite – thank you very much!  The room is lovely and the hotel is part of the small luxury hotels of the world chain.  The lift is very petite and has one of those metal gate doors on it.  Our room is spacious, which is rare in London, so I am pleased with that.

We take a quick walk to the end of the street and head to Harrods.  We are so tired but know we have to push through the barrier and not give in to jetlag, even if it is 3am home time and 4pm here.

We wander through the food halls of Harrods and although big and impressive, I would say David Jones at home, was just as good.

Back to the hotel and a shower woke me up a bit.  I will finish this and then think about finally giving in to it at 6pm.
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shelleyherbert on

enjoy London my great grandparents met at the white cliffs of Dover if ya get there so hello to their spirits mums swears she felt them there! shame about the movies Im sure you could have got some interaction games happening with the plebs in economy or had a drinking session with some random! diappointing Gill!

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