Holiday!!!!! Holland, here we come.
Will (workmate) brought us to the airport where we arrived way too early for the check-in, but that is way better than being too late. The first hub of course was customs and security. Alarm bells went off every time I went through the electronic detector. Wallet? Not the problem. Belt? Not the problem. Finally it occurred to me that I still had my keys in my pocket. No problem anymore. After an hour souvenir shopping for family and friends we went to the lounge and enjoyed a fresh latte with a healthy bite.
Roof at Brisbane Airport
The last row of seats in the plane, right in the middle. Ok, there were three seats and after we had installed ourselves, a young girl from Sweden occupied the third seat next to me. On a seven hour flight, entertainment aboard the plane is very important and as soon as we had taken possession of our seats, the magazine with all the movies, TV programs, games and music had our undivided attention. The choice was not too hard for either of us. Yasmine wanted to see a movie (bad teacher) and for me, music was more important since Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton were on the list. After the plane was airborne, a hot handtowel and the customary peanuts were handed out as well as the earphones. Only one site of my phone was working so I asked for a replacement which worked alright. Buddy Guy was predicting “One day you will thank me”, when the person at my right side (Yasmine) burst out in a controlled laugh, must be a funny movie.
The sun was preparing to say ‘good night’ and gave the sky some nice colours.
My neighbour on the left was busy watching another movie while, what looked like, fumbling with some paper. The “pause” buttons were pushed and the seat placed in the upright position when our “World Gourmet Cuisine” lunch was delivered. Roast pork with a nice tasting chardonnay was enjoyed while my neighbour on the left was playing with her knife. Nothing to be concerned about, just trying to balance the piece of metal between her fingers. Buddy was singing “Stay a little longer” and since it’s not a good idea to leave the plane midair, we reluctantly obeyed.
Not too Bad
Some stretching in the “hall” where I met a woodworker from Townsville. We talked about a lot and after having solved all the problems Australia and the world is facing, I returned to my seat. Buddy’s last song (on this CD) was playing for the third time and the Swedish girl had finished her third piece of origami artwork. A couple of times we had to fasten our seat belts when the pilots had to combat strong winds but the rest of the flight went without any incidents. When Buddy’s blues was interrupted and the screen showed the message “passenger announcement in progress” we knew Singapore was not too far away. We had a smooth landing in Singapore.
After having a look in the butterfly house and admiring the beautiful orchids at Singapore Airport, the lounge was honoured with our visit and after 2.5 hours we walked to the next plane to board for the last leg to Holland. Again the earphone here was not in perfect working condition. No further incidents worth mentioning happened and in Amsterdam the pilot again managed to have another very smooth landing. Jetlag? Yes, but not for long. Things to do, family and friends to visit and of course photography is very high on the list.
Copyright : John Vriesekolk.
A 24 hour journey from Brisbane to Schiphol.