Thursday, December 19, 2013

International Flights

The map tells me we crossed the international date line and equator at the same time not too long ago. A happy summer Friday! We still have just over for hours to go in our Vancouver > Sydney flight. If I could math right now, I would tell you it's been a very long trip already.

There was a bit of a delay in leaving Toronto, but we were just going to get back on the same plane in Vancouver so there was no worry of actually missing the connection. They did make us deplane so they could check to see if we had the correct visas to enter Australia (of course I did!) For those who followed my adventures in trying to stay in Australia a few months longer to wait for Cam so we could move together, you would know I'm not clueless about visas. Apparently the airline gets fined $5000 for everyone they send without a visa.

Despite the wait to get every document checked, we managed to take off in good time. The flight, according to someone who knows such things, is about an hour shorter than normal. That means we have more time to do customs, pick up bags, drop off bags, get the shuttle over to the domestic terminal, coffee up, and make our flight. Double bonus!

Air Canada isn't as good as Qantas when it comes to transporting people in a large metal tube through the air for long distances. Yes, it does transport us through the air for a long distance, but Qantas is better on the inside. Random mango frozen dessert in the middle of the night? Okay! TV shows that don't start several seasons in? I understand the plot! Good beer? If you insist!

4:48 to go!

It's getting lighter outside!

Both of us managed to get some sleep. Most of it was 20 minutes here and there, I did get a solid hour and a half in. There's no one behind us so I put my seat all the way back guilt free. I'm so sore, but I'm not experiencing the same sleep deprived travel madness I had on the flight back from Thailand. The small amount of sleep is keeping me from accepting my fate of having to power through and abandoning attempts to sleep. It also means I don't give a Cam a crazy-eyed smile telling him I've been up too long.

Wombie and I are watching the small air plane on the screen slowly creep towards Australia on the various maps.

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