ogre727
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Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:00 pm

Please find the previous legs here:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/140668/
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/140672/
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/140676/
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/140683/


Fifth leg
SYDEZE: January 10th, QF 17. B747-400. Seat 18A

Boarding was called at 10:20, just as marked on my boarding card. I actually was a few minutes late to the gate as I was checking out the duty free area and when I walked to my gate people were already boarding.

I moved to my seat on the upper deck. It was the same seat I had from Hong Kong into Melbourne. Unfortunately other things would be the same…

Before take off I was offered water by the very nice flight attendants. This time it was two very nice ladies. Just when I thought I would have the two seats to myself again, this middle age guy sat right next to me. I was really pissed off (more than normal, but I guess I was really tired and irritable). Luckily he moved to another row of empty seats prior to take off. Third leg with no one by my side!

My seat:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05087-1.jpg
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Cool airplanes:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05091-1.jpg
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05092-1.jpg

We taxied the long way to the runway and took off to the north (I think). It was reallyh cool to recognize the spot where so many pictures are taken. However, It was a shame that I was on the left side of the airplane, as I missed the very nice views of Sydney (where I have never been). I was a little lucky, though. As we were turning to the right I caught through the window of seat 18K a very nice and brief view of Sydney, opera house and bridge included.

Take off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZcvJP7Yg34

After take off, we were distributed our pajamas for the flight, so I headed straight to the bathroom to get changed. We were offered something to drink and I had tomato juice.

I hate these business trips. I have a hard time keeping my weight down, and I end up eating very unhealthily throughout. I know it’s my fault, but still. At home I think it’s easier to watch what I eat.

We were then served a very nice caprese salad, which I then followed by a rather tasteless chicken. I do apologize I did not take pictures of the lunch, as mentioned before I was really tired and just forgot to take the stupid pictures.

Sorry about the quality:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05094-1.jpg
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Caprese salad:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05102-1.jpg

I did a little research on this route before coming on this trip. I had read on this forum that the route would take us directly south from Sydney and through the South Pole. I believe that someone even posted a route map. This was nonsense. For whatever reason we headed straight for New Zealand and then proceeded south but not any near the south pole.

http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05099-1.jpg
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Leaving the coast of New Zealand:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05106-1.jpg



Well... guess what? Right when we were flying over New Zealand the entertainment system broke down!!! I mean, the previous leg turned out to be a pain for the same reason. Qantas seems to have serious issues with the entertainment system.

I then decided to take some sleeping pills and adjust to the Argentinean time zone. I actually took 4 pills instead of the recommended dosage of 2. I really wanted to sleep. I was growing very desperate by now and although I did not want to overdose I really needed to rest. I woke up good six hours later feeling rested and happy!

I was dissapointed when the flight attendant came and offered me something to eat. The choices were just chocolate or... just chocolate. She said that people had eaten a lot throughout the flight...

This is the moon, believe it or not:
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05112-1.jpg
http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05113-1.jpg


We entered America through Puerto Montt, Chile. We then crossed the Andes and entered Argentina. The weather was beautiful. During this time breakfast was served. I had ordered almost everything on the list, and I got a full plate. Of course, I forgot to take pictures of breakfast as I was really hungry. I had the scrambled eggs, potato cakes, tomatoes, croissant, bread, apple juice and café au lait. No wonder I have a hard time keeping my weight down. Hehe.

I am now writing this report when there is supposed to be 38 more minutes to go, the weather is really nice and we are still cruising at 39000 feet. I will continue later, probably from the hotel. I am really looking forward to Buenos Aires, one of my favorite cities of the whole world.

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Ok. We landed in Buenos Aires slightly ahead of schedule. The airport was a bit messy as there was a flight from London that landed just before us. My suitcase came out in no time and there was a car from my company waiting for me outside. So everything was fine.

Landing in Buenos Aires:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is31HAyrAmc

This flight fell no different from the other two Qantas long-hauls. The entertainment system was very dissapointing. Again.

This morning I went to San Telmo, here are some pictures:
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http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05156-1.jpg
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http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq220/ogre727/DSC05180-1.jpg

Can’t wait to try LAN’s business class on Wednesday when I head to Mexico. Oh, and I am pretty eager to go home by now… Please stay tuned...
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:42 pm

Once again nice TR!

Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
This morning I went to San Telmo, here are some pictures:

Did you buy the AZ newspaper?

Can't wait to see the LAN segments!

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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:09 pm

I hope you get some good sleep in Buenos Aires. It's hard to not go out there since everyone is so attractive! Cuidate!

Great reporting. I as able to get a clear sense of Qantas's long haul service. It seems OK but nothing special.
 
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:35 pm

very nice report.

Buenos Aires is indeed one of the best citys around the world. I am really happy to be down in just 4 weeks!

I am looking really forward to your LAN reports, as I will be fly to Buenos Aires from Caracas with LAN Business.

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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:59 pm



Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
I had read on this forum that the route would take us directly south from Sydney and through the South Pole.

whoever said it goes over the South Pole was kidding, they can only fly down to 72 degrees South...going further south requires polar survival equipment to be carried.
 
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:50 pm

Great segment, thanks for sharing.

Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
Luckily he moved to another row of empty seats prior to take off. Third leg with no one by my side!

- A bit of a result, hope that's the case on my flight next month.

What was the reg on this flight?

Regards

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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:05 pm

Awesome!! You are certainly seeing the world. HOpe you get some sleep this segment!!  Wink
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phileet92
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:21 pm

wow. you are just spitting out these trip reports. i cant even finish a five flight TR in 3 months!

anyways great tr once again. that cabin looks really well maintained.

cant wait till the next one!

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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:52 pm

where's part 6?? come on!!! Big grin
 
ogre727
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:53 am



Quoting Seamefly (Reply 8):
where's part 6?? come on!!!

Thanks to all for your very nice comments. They are very encouraging.

I am flying on Wednesday to Mexico City, so I'll write parts VI and VII that day. On Saturday I am flying back to ZRH, so that'll be parts VIII and IX. Hope to publish next week.
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:40 am

Hola Ogre727!

I have been reading your reports around the world in two weeks and I have enjoyed them all.

You have been really lucky to fly these long segments without any one sitting next to you. I really like it when you have the freedom to move in and out of your seat any time.

San Telmo's pictures are wonderful, did you go there on a Sunday? Because I have more or less the same pictures as I got there last year.

Looking forward to reading the coming parts.

By the end of the trip yo would have become an expert on Oneworld long-haul product: Qantas, Lan, IB...

Salut!

Roger

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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:52 am

I wonder if you're able to sleep this time in S. America ? I hope you were able to do so because travel can be a bitch if you're feeling hang over (without the alcohol is even worse! Big grin )...

I hope you have some time in your busy time to at least enjoy the city wherever you are... At least a time to yourself to feel 'zen'  cloudnine   tongue 

Anyway, again, truly enjoy every bits of your reports... and just like the others, I am jealous!
 
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RE: Around The World In Two Weeks! Part V

Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:19 pm

It's been a great series of trip reports from your around the world trip so far. Eagerly waiting for the remaining parts, especially your report from MEX-MAD sector. I am scheduled to fly MAD-MED-MAD with Iberia in J class this month and I would love to hear your comments.

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