Saturday, 3 June 2017
03.06.2017 - 03.06.2017
Today marks the start of our journey. Canberra obliged by turning on a crisp Winter's day -4.6 °C. A quick trip to the airport and no crowds, we're here at 08:00 for a 10:00 flight. Managed to negotiate the Security check without issues but did have to take my shoes off. Can't imagine what they expect. Board right on schedule and were airborne 10 minutes early for a dash to Sydney. Total flight time just 30 minutes.
Arrived at the Domestic Terminal and made our way to the transfer lounge for the long slow trip around the airport to the International Terminal. Border Protection was straight forward, even Jenny managed the automated recognition system without a problem. The camera did seem to take a while to make up its mind. Then another dose of Security. This time my carry-on was subjected to intensive scrutiny, no doubt due to the many cables, chargers and power-supply bits. Many were last minute things in use until just before we left.
Off to the outer reaches of the terminal - Gate 54 of 60 for our flight to Singapore. Jenny's walking stick granted us priority boarding along with the wheel-chair old folk. Once again the extent of the carry-on luggage some people bring aboard amazed us. To their credit the cabin staff managed to fit it all in. The flight departed right on time for the eight hour flight. We were well looked after by the lovely flight attendants who provided hot face washers to start with, followed by juices and water then a quite acceptable hot lunch. Ice-cream and coffee or tea to finish off.
At 20:30 local time we checked into the Ambassador Transit Hotel for 12 hours to refresh and catch up with the clock, now two hours out of whack.
The long flight is ahead of us tomorrow as we head for London.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony