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Belated trip report (part 6…and home)!

Home sweet…I hate this place.

After getting up at 4am to get to the airport for my 6am flight…Blah. I hate everything. Checking in was quick and easy – the perks of frequent flyer status and having a separate check-in line. Security was long. But then I had Qantas lounge access, so all was not lost. Coffee! And hash browns 😀 Sometimes I like a bit of fried food, not going to lie.

Flight left on time. Shortly after take off we got breakfast…Juice, pastry thing, apple.

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I ate the apple!

Landed on time. Had to wait an unusually long time for my bag to come out. Then home, dump my bags, and off to work…

Another holiday over. Fun times were had. I look forward to the direct flights from Brisbane to Alotau starting later in the year. Anything that allows me to avoid Port Moresby is a good thing.

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Belated trip report!

I was off to PNG for another dive trip…Surprise!

Anyway, flight from Townsville to Cairns was at stupid o’clock in the morning, and all I really wanted to do was caffeine load.

Check-in was easy, and I made my way rapidly to the Qantas Club lounge at Townsville airport for coffee and breakfast. All the caffeine! And some fruit salad…Because to be honest, that’s about the only vegan thing in the lounge at breakfast.

Flight went on time, and we got our snack box shortly after take off. Unsurprisingly, none of it was vegan: yogurt, cake, museli bar type thing. I got another coffee and listened to my ipod for the remainder of the 40 minute flight.IMG_20160226_070211

When you don’t get a VGML because it’s such a short flight and they don’t do special catering…

Landed on time and I made my way to the international terminal in Cairns to wait for my next flight to Port Moresby.

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Chuuk to Townsville: flight 3…

Nearly home…After waiting around outside the terminal for about 4 hours for the building to reopen, we finally got inside around 3.30am. However, Qantas check-in desks didn’t open until 4am. Seriously, I know Cairns isn’t a huge port, but it’s atrocious that the airport terminal building isn’t open 24/7, even if check-in isn’t. At that point, I’d already checked in online on my phone and just needed to bag drop.

Eventually did that and headed upstairs to the Qantas lounge. It’s usually quite quiet in the mornings in Cairns, but for some reason, the place was full of loudmouthed bogans. Imagine my joy?

Eventually headed off to get the flight, which was running on time. Given that it’s the first flight of the day, you’d hope it was on time! At the gate, the scanner wasn’t working – because of course it wasn’t. They had to manually check everyone in at the gate.

We did depart on time, and once in the air were served our typical bunny hop snack box. Last time I took this flight, we got some fruit, so I was hopeful, but not holding my breath.

Good thing I didn’t hold my breath…

QF_cnstsvApple and cinnamon bread, a museli bar, and orange juice.

Nothing edible, but I did get a coffee.

We landed on time, I got my bags, and headed for the taxi rank. The second I walked in the door at home, I stuffed my face with a box of raw food bars. Seriously. I was starving.

Thus ends my aborted holiday to Chuuk. Back to work again.

Also, I hate United.

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From Townsville to Chuuk: flight 1…

The flight from Townsville to Cairns is a short bunny hop up the coast. I flew instead of driving is because I could leave straight after work and still make the connecting flight out of Cairns to Guam that night. Driving would have meant missing work for the day – plus the cost of parking my car at the airport for a week. Rather not.

Qantas Club access in Townsville is still mediocre. It’s a small regional lounge, but it has wi-fi. There was actually a bit of food out, but predictably almost nothing I could eat. I got some olive mix and some grapes. A bit lean, but better than nothing I suppose.

IMG_5794My munchies in the Townsville Qantas Club…

No priority boarding as it’s a small Dash-8 flight, and everyone just walks out to the plane on the tarmac rather than using the aerobridges.

I put in the VGML request when I booked the flights, but as expected, it was just a snack box that got served. No special meal catering. I figured as much, as it’s not the first time I’ve caught this flight. That’s why I ate in the lounge.

IMG_5795The snack box that was served. Vegetarian? Yes. Vegan or gluten free? Nada.

I don’t think many people ate it anyway, the flight was vomit inducing. The turbulence was pretty nasty, and while I’m not one who is prone to getting airsick, I really didn’t feel well.

That aside, the flight was uneventful. We landed on time, and then the fun began…

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Nearly home…

After getting to the airport an hour before my flight and checking in (they didn’t charge me excess baggage despite my bag weighing 28 kg), I made my way through security (seriously, open more security lines at peak hour), and then went to one of the shops in the domestic terminal that I know sells dried fruit. Previous experience of both the Cairns Qantas Club and the Cairns-Townsville flights meant that I had little faith in getting much that I could eat, so I always have a contingency plan. Then ventured to the Qantas Club for half an hour before boarding the flight.

Upon take off, I was mildly surprised to get the breakfast snack box that contained a sliced apple. Turned out I didn’t really need that dried fruit after all!

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The Qantas breakfast snack box – with an apple, cake (marmalade, carrot, and sultana loaf), and a tub of orange juice. I ate the apple.IMG_5704

This is what I’d bought in Cairns airport to eat on the plane, but it turned out to be unnecessary. Snack for later when I’m at work? I think so!

Landed on time in Townsville and got a taxi home to dump my dive gear, pick up my laptop, and drive to work. Fun. And later I have all the laundry and dive gear washing to do…

Thus ends my PNG holiday. Back to the grind.

Cairns Domestic Qantas Club

Been through this airport often enough in my life, but never got around to writing a lounge review.

As Cairns is more of a tourism port rather than a business port, most of the travellers don’t have lounge access. Which means there’s a reasonably sized domestic Qantas Club that’s not too crowded. It also means the wi-fi works!

Admittedly I got to the airport fairly late, as I’d had to overnight in Cairns (my international flight landed too late to make the last connecting flight home). I had a 7 am flight, so there weren’t a whole lot of tourists around. Mostly the business crowd, but even then it’s not really much of a crowd.

From previous experience, I knew that the food options in the lounge weren’t all that great – even without having dietary restrictions. As such, I went to one of the shops downstairs in the general departures area which I knew sold bags of dried tropical fruit before heading to the Qantas Club. My main reason for hitting the lounge was to get my caffeine fix. I’d just come back from holiday, and I had a 7 am flight, which meant I’d been up since about 5 am. And when I landed, I pretty much had time to go dump my dive bag at home, hang my wet stuff up, so that I could make it to work by 9am. Therefore – caffeine. I was only in the lounge for maybe 30 minutes before heading back downstairs to board my flight.

Snagged myself some mixed berries and gluten free museli – and a Diet Coke (no Coke Zero). Enough to make it through until lunch time at any rate.

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The flight from Townsville to Cairns is a bunny hop at best (though technically it says an hour). The only reason I flew instead of driving is because I didn’t want to risk the roads being flooded and missing my connecting flight because the highway was cut near Ingham or Tully. Don’t laugh – it’s happened to me before.

Anyway, Qantas Club access in Townsville is predictably average. It’s a tiny lounge, but I got lucky and there weren’t a whole lot of people in it when I was in there. Food offerings were minimal, but they had some olives, and a pumpkin and cous cous thing that I could eat. Not bad. Plenty of alcohol though by the looks of it. Which you know, is great if you actually drink the stuff. Read more about it here if you’re interested.

Also? That awkward moment you’re in the lounge watching stupid Youtube videos and your boss walks in with his kid and sees exactly what you’re watching? Awkward.

No priority boarding as it’s a Dash-8 flight, and everyone just walks out to the plane rather than using the aerobridges.

I put in the VGML request when I booked the flights, but predictably it never eventuated. This was entirely expected given the length of the flight. It was Christmas Eve, and I’d already started eating before the flight, so my care factor was pretty minimal. For the record though, we were offered the following snackbox:

IMG_5320Innit cute?IMG_5321Crackers (gluten), Cheese (dairy), Beetroot relish (no ingredients listed), Chocolate (dairy), and Tic Tacs (no ingredients listed)…So, the Coke Zero I ordered was ok?

An otherwise uneventful flight. Landed on time and made my way to town.