Please find the previous legs here:
: 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!
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.
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:
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.
Leaving the coast of New Zealand:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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...