Off to London – via Dubai Adventure
Most of my friends and family know that I have been working on a project for senior solo women for a long time. It is part of my adventure to explore. Things are developing well, and one place that I keep referring to is the New Ground establishment at Barnet in London.
I have been communicating with some of the folk there, and feeling that I needed to know more about them, I have been talking about going to London. Well, a few weeks ago, I “bit the bullet” so to speak and booked to go to London via a four night stop over in Dubai.
So, yesterday I flew out to Sydney from Brisbane airport, and on to Dubai. I had been having some angst about the flight – arriving in Sydney with only 75 minutes to find my way and get to the International Airport was really scaring me. I would rather have 3 hours (a long wait) than have to do it quickly. What if the Brisbane flight was late? All would be well, I was assureed, but I still had some concerns.
As it was the Brisbane flight was delayed. As I eventually got into my seat on the delayed plane, my stress went up a few notches, as I read a message from Qantas.
It read “We’ve had to change your flight QF1 on 15FEB at 16.55 from Sydney” and went on to say I had to log onto the Qantas site for more info.
Having just got on the plane, with my phone on “airplane mode” I could log on, and soon asked the Qantas staff if they could find out. Initially they said “no” but later came and told me that I would not miss my next flight. It too had been delayed due to some engine issue. (Just what you don’t want to hear when you are going on a long flight on a plane!)
Me on Board – Hope my luggage is!
Anyway, the rest of my challenges were minor. I didn’t get the promised window seat, but got into Sydney without a hassle. And got through to the International area ok, and waited along with everyone. It was an A380 – huge plane and almost fully booked. Again I was not in a window seat. I was seated beside a man in the middle of the plane, who wouldn’t move to let me into my seat (Language probem?). I had to get there via the other aisle, next to a young French girl who didn’t like speaking English.
It was long night, though I slept for a hour or so at a time. Eventually we arrived in Dubai, just after 1 am.
The adventure continues….