Qantas Economy Class BNE-TSV

And home again after a fairly hectic 48 hours in Brisbane. Not much time to get out and do anything, but did manage to get in an hour of shopping in town after the meeting finished one night šŸ™‚

Again, only travelling with carry-on and checked in online on my phone, so straight to the Qantas lounge when I got to the airport in Brisbane. Friday night rush too, so very busy. At least until the evening flight to Sydney departed. Lounge was pretty quiet after that. Got something to eat in the lounge – just rice cakes and some hommus. And caffeine. Always more caffeine.

Flight departed on time and as this was a night flight, they had special catering. I got my VGML! Some vegetable curry and rice. Was nice, if not a bit bland. Won’t complain though.

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My VGML on the flight home – vege curry and rice…

Landed on time and was straight out the door to go home. So tired, amazed I didn’t crash my car in hindsight.

Qantas Economy Class TSV-BNE

Short work trip to Brisbane for a meeting. Carry-on only, and checked in online on my phone, so straight to the Qantas lounge when I got to the airport in Townsville. Afternoon flight, so lounge was overcrowded and loud. I quickly gave up and went to wait at the gate. It was actually quieter outside.

Flight departed on time and shortly after take-off we got served a snack. Inedible for me – cheese and crackers. I knew they didn’t do special catering on this flight, and had plans to go out for dinner when I got to Brisbane anyway, so not a big deal.

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VGML? Not so much…lol

Landed a bit late because we got put into a holding loop over Brisbane. Ruined initial dinner plans, but came up with an alternative. Vegan food is so much easier to find in Brisbane than it is in Townsville šŸ™‚

Qantas Economy Class CNS-TSV

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 šŸ˜€ 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.

Qantas Economy Class TSV-CNS

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.

Qantas Economy Class BNE-TSV

Flight 12/12: Brisbane to Townsville

One last flight!

I had a couple of hours to blow in Brisbane, so I holed up in the Qantas lounge and tried to start getting on top of some emails. The chaos that appears to have occurred at work in my absence is mindblowing. Tomorrow isn’t going to be fun.

Anyway, the flight boarded on time, and there was a bit of an incident at the gate. There was an American couple asking the ground crew a question about a connecting flight they had to make in Townsville, and some guy in the economy line dressed in head to toe NQ Cowboys supporters gear started making disparaging comments about Americans, and saying “go back to where you came from,” etc. North Queensland – keeping it classy. I had to make a real effort not to have a go at him for it, I was kind of itching for a fight. I was tired and in a bad mood, and wasn’t prepared to put up with crap from anyone.

The meal was served not long after take-off, and OMG, why don’t Qantas do this all the time? I got a package that contained carrot and celery sticks with some hommus. I like this stuff! Give it to me all the time! I wouldn’t complain! I hope this is a new thing that stays, but I will not be holding my breath.

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Dear Qantas catering: Gimme more of this!

Spent most of the flight playing games on my phone. Yes, I was bored. And tired. I lost a lot of lives. We landed on time in Townsville, my bag made it, and I was rapidly in a taxi home. Only to realise how much laundry I had to do and how much I didn’t want to go grocery shopping. Sleep now, domesticity tomorrow!

So, 12 flights in 2 weeks later, I return. Never again. As fun as the diving may have been, Raja Ampat was just too much hassle for a somewhat mediocre dive experience. To be brutally honest (as always), I prefer the diving in PNG. After having now dived both the north and south of Raja Ampat on different trips, all I have to say is “I’d rather go to Milne Bay“. Sorry, not sorry.

Qantas Economy Class TSV-BNE

Flight 1/12: Townsville to Brisbane

OMG. Twelve, yes 12, flights for this one dive trip. FML. Better be worth the pain. And the money.

I’m off to Raja Ampat for Christmas, and then Ambon for New Year. The journey begins with making my way to Sydney – via Brisbane, because there’s no direct Qantas flight from Townsville to Sydney. That would just make life easy or something, and obviously we can’t have that.

Check-in in Townsville was quick and easy, surprisingly my bag only weighed in at 25kg. I was expecting worse. Then made my way to the Qantas Club for a quick bite to eat before the flight. Not much was on offer, but I got some olive mix and my obligatory caffeine.

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My snack in the Townsville Qantas Club…

The flight was quick to board and depart. Unsurprisingly there was no VGML for me. I knew this in advance (why does Qantas even let you book one if they know they won’t have it?), and had prepared some dried mango in my dehydrator at home. Good thing too, as the snack offered on board was cheese and crackers, and a bag of butter cookies. Not exactly ideal for one with a dairy allergy!

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What I got given on board vs. what I actually ate…

Anyway, we landed on time in Brisbane, for what I thought was to be a fairly short layover. Little did I know…

Virgin Australia Economy Class TSV-BNE

On my way to France for a work conference. It’s a hard life, I know.

Flights that require me to be up at stupid oā€™clock are always going to suck.

Too tired to really give much of a crap about anything, as long as I could get my coffee.

Check in was simple enough, and got boarding passes all the way through to Paris. Transits in Brisbane and Singapore were to come. No lounge access on this trip because (a) it was in economy, and (b) my high status is on One World and not Star Alliance. Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines are Star Alliance. Iā€™m working on gaining higher status with them, but not high enough up the ladder yet for complimentary lounge access.

Flight boarded on time and everything was good. Snacks got brought around and it was tea/coffee/water/long life orange juice. Black coffee it was. They also handed out these mini banana cake things. I suspect they were just banana muffins shaped like a cake. I gave mine to my neighbor.

IMG_5931[1]No VGML on this flight…Shocker.

Landed on time in Brisbane, uneventfully, and made my way to the international terminal.