Posts Tagged ‘planes’

Next Trip

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

I am currently sitting back and contemplating what I have forgotten to pack. Tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning we’re heading to the airport and catching a plane to Lisbon, Portugal. At the moment I have packed all of my summer clothes – the forecast is for sunny, hot weather with temperatures above 30 degrees. I’m not sure I will survive! I haven’t experienced that sort of heat since I left Australia in January. I might melt. If I do, it has been nice. If I don’t, I’ll be back with stories of sunburn, heat rash and ice cream. We’re spending four days in Lisbon and three in Porto, before coming home next Sunday. Should be great!

Meanwhile, this is my 401st entry on my blog. Not bad! I shall attempt to reach 500 by the end of the year.

Stuck in the Big Apple

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I’m glad I wasn’t in New York when Hurricane Irene hit – this city must have completely shut down. I am supposed to be thousands of metres into the air at the moment, flying towards Portland, Maine. Instead I am still in New York, I am still in my apartment and it is raining. I received an email from Delta this morning, about 30 minutes before we were about to head out the door and go to the airport, to tell me that our flight had been cancelled. We had been rescheduled onto the later flight at 9.45pm. We called Delta to ask why exactly it had been cancelled and they said it was due to the weather. We looked out the window…

Yes, it has been raining all day but it has just been a constant drizzle with no threatening qualities apart from making my pants and shoes wet. I could have quite easily flown a plane in this weather. No other airlines have cancelled their flights – just delayed. Why we had to wait an extra 7 hours until we could leave, I’m not sure. I am suspecting an undersold flight. Not happy. This means we’re getting into Portland after 11pm and hence missing a dinner organised for us by my family who we are visiting. I don’t know if I can claim “personal disappointment” on my travel insurance but Delta owes me a family gathering.

I am now just hoping that our next flight leaves on time. I already feel bad enough that Marijke and Bob (my mum’s cousin and her husband) are driving to Portland to pick us up and now they’ll be doing so late at night. Curses to you, Delta! In addition to all of this, they’re probably going to charge us excess luggage because we decided to only bring one suitcase and it is going to be over their 23kg weight limit by about 2kg. There will be words, if it comes to that. And they won’t be nice words.

P.S. New York was AWESOME! Check out some of my photos here.

Random Thoughts

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Good Monday to you all. Another weekend has passed us by and I am full of stories! Well, mostly I have an inner desire to blabber on about a lot of random stuff and this is the best place for it. I could write it on a piece of paper, screw it up and throw it in the bin so no one has to suffer but why would I do that when I have you lovely people to read my rants! Ready? Let’s go!

So this weekend was the Red Bull Air Race which is an event that miraculously makes its way to little old Perth, rather than going to the logical Melbourne or Sydney. Even Canberra would make more sense, but no. It comes here . I guess when you look at the crowd who frequent the event it makes more sense – I don’t think Melbourne has enough bogans to make up an audience. That said, my male friend and I cycled up to Kings Park (yes, on my new bike!) and watched as the planes zoomed around overhead and performed twisty turns in between the course on the river.

Planes

That's a bit close.

It was quite an enjoyable afternoon as it wasn’t over crowded, the sun was shining and I got some exercise. The planes weren’t that exciting but previous years I experienced a Qantas jumbo flying low over my head (that was bloody scary) and super-fast fighter jets zooming past at the speed of light (or so it seemed). It’s nice that Perth gets involved in something a bit different. We’ve lost enough events in the past so hopefully we’ll try and hold on to this one.

One thing I spotted while waiting for the planes to do their thing was a girl with a tattoo. I have attended numerous music festivals in Australia and have spent many a time counting southern cross tattoos. It seems that you need to show your commitment to your homeland by permanently engraving stars into your body. The most common location for said mark is on your upper arm but ankles are also quite popular. The less dedicated choose a sticker for the back window of their car but really that’s not good enough. Both would be best. Anyway, I’m not sure what this girl was going for but she either likes stars and it was just a coincidence, or she was attempting to show her love for Australia. Sadly, she forgot one star.

Tattooed legs

Ahh... Australia...

The photo isn’t great but she wouldn’t line up her legs properly for me to get a good shot. The sock tan on the left of the photo is quite impressive, too. I had a really good watch tan once, but that’s a story for another day. Bet you can’t wait for that one!