Waiting at the Airport
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 175
Temperature : 31 degrees
Weather : Hazy
I was woken up by Kevin getting up for the loo. I checked my watch, 6.48am. Time to get up. I put my glasses on, sat up in bed and put the computer on to check emails (we had free wifi). Five minutes later Kevin comes back muttering…"what you doing up?” What was he talking about….”Kev, we need to get an early start if we are going to get across the border quickly”. "Dom, it's ten to five!” Eh?? For some unknown reason my watch had reverted to Seoul time in the middle of the night. Brilliant! Now I was wide awake
Eventually we turned on the telly (our room had a telly!!) and watched the news. An engine blew up on a Qantas A380 and all planes are grounded. What plane are we flying on when we go to New Zealand?…please god don’t let it be one of those planes…I check on the Emirates sight. I’m still not sure. Click, we turn the channel over. The worst flooding in 50 years hit southern Thailand and northern Malaysia….what???????!!!! Flippin' Norah!! Check the weather forecast for Phuket…..today – rain, tomorrow – thunderstorms, the day after – rain. Well that’s just marvellous isn’t it?! Click, we turn the channel again. Mount Merapi erupts again in Indonesia, ash is falling over Yogyakarta and a 15km evacuation ring around the mountain is in place as it looks like this is the volcanoes worst eruption in decades. We were literally about a mile away, more than half way up Mount Merapi a matter of weeks ago, and it was smouldering away then. Why couldn’t it spectacularly blow its top when we were there?? That would have made a REALLY good blog entry!
We pack our bags and head out for breakfast at the Scandinavian Bakery
So here we are in this tiny little airport, which funnily enough has free WiFi, sitting on the internet waiting for our flight to board. Only a couple of hours away until the Sun and the Sea and the Sand....ok, correction, from the Rain and the Sea.....