July 2010 Archives

New York tourist day one

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For my first day as a tourist in America I:
  • chatted to a high finance consultant over breakfast
  • walked around a construction site
  • cruised past the Statue of Liberty
  • saw the Empire State Building
  • met an idol

My flights to NY

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So I started travelling by taking a 05:30 taxi to the airport. My 7:45 flight to Sydney was cancelled, I ended. Up on a 06:30 flight. Then my 10:15 to LAX was delayed till about 12:00. So I missed my connection to NY. The qantas staff at the baggage area had rebooked me to fly via Dallas instead, and gave me a print out saying I was ok to fly. But the American airlines lady at the counter said they should have given me an 'interrupted passenger' voucher or something. Fortunately she was able to sort it and print my boarding vouchers. This new connection wad due to get me to NY by 23:00, instead of my original 17:25. But when I got to Dallas there were more problems waiting me. A minor one was my gate being changed, and the new gate having displayed flight details for a later flight; that was easily sorted once the gate was staffed. The larger problem was the flight bring delayed over an hour. So I actually landed in NY at about 00:30. Both the air tran (monorail) and train into BY Penn station had works happening, so were running at reduced services. I was on the last train from Newarl airport into Manhattan. So by the time I was ringing the bell for littlechurch.org where I was staying it was 02:20. They were asleep. The closest hotel I found stung me $350 US dollars, which is probably the most expensive 7 hours of accomodation I've had. So I was heading to bed at 03:00, which is 17:00 in melbourne time, clocking up 35.5 hours travelling.

New York here I come

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My adventure has begun. It's already been a mix of ups and downs, and I haven't even boarded a flight yet. I couldn't sleep well, so after getting up at 4:45 and having breakfast I checked the flight status of my 07:45 Sydney flight. Cancelled. So I rang them, and I'd been put onto the 07:15. So I hurried out to find a taxi, and the taxi I'd ordered for 05:30 showed up 10 minutes early! When I checked in she had computer troubles. But then she offered to put me on an earlier flight, so I'd have more time to transfer I. Sydney. So now I'm about to get on the 06:30 QF0404 flight. So I had heaps of time to get to the airport.

help me win miff tickets

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The Melbourne International Film Festival is running a competition. If you follow the following link and vote for popcorn, you'll help me win stuff (and enter yourself to win stuff as well).


So c'mon, I'm counting on my entire readership voting. Yes, that means the two of you.

one breath summary of our trip

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We just got back from a driving holiday. I've been inspired by several insipid list songs to write the following.

I've been to Melbourne, Lilydale, Yea, Merton, Euroa, Wodonga, Albury, Lake Hume, Bellbridge, Corryong, Khancoban, Geehi, Thredbo, Cooma, Numeralla, Tallaganda, Braidwood, Boro, Goulburn, Sydney, Greenwich, Northbridge, Raymond Terrace, Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Tweed Heads, Caboolture, Caloundra,Tinana Marybourough, Woolooga, Kilkivan, Goomeri, Kingaroy, Nanango, Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Warwick, Tenterfield, Glenn Innes, Arimdale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes, West Wyalong, Temora, Wagga Wagga, Holbrook, Albury, Bandiana, Dederang, Tawona, Mt Beauty, Bogon, Falls Creek, Germantown, Bright, Myrtleford, Melbourne.

According to the cars trip meter B, we did 4694.2 kilometers on this trip. Quite a journey.