Up, Up and Away!

Up, Up and Away!

Yesterday I went to Sydney for work. It’s the first time in about 10 years that I’ve been on a plane and been to Sydney so the experience was a little different to last time. Also, every other time I’ve been to Sydney I’ve driven instead of flying (it’s about a 3 hr drive and a 30 mins flight) so it was interesting to see just how quick the plane was. We were basically just done taking off when we began getting ready to land!

While looking out the window
While looking out the window in Sydney after landing

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of anything. The trip basically consisted of the airport, driving to a hotel – and the entire drive was enclosed by noise walls or tunnel – and sitting in a meeting room for 6 hrs and then going back. There was one part of the trip back to the airport though where I was looking out the window of the taxi at some lovely old terrace buildings when we rounded a bend and I was suddenly looking out of over the harbour with the Harbour bridge on the left and the Opera house on the right. I didn’t get a chance to take any photos as we zoomed by though.

So, there’s a reason I haven’t been to Sydney in about 10 years, it’s mostly that I don’t particularly like going to Sydney. It’s too busy, there’s too much traffic (as such it takes forever to get anywhere) and there’s nothing in Sydney that I couldn’t do some place else.. if I was ever much inclined to actually leave my house. However, it was awesome flying in over the city and seeing it from above, it looked like someone’s version of Sim City! It was pretty damn cool! Plus the city has so much more history than mine and some of the buildings were just lovely to look at (even if I only got glimpses here or there as I peered over noise walls) but Sydney is still Sydney and I don’t think I’ve changed my mind about going there.

One thing that amazed me about the trip was how neat the plane trip was. Last time I went on a plane I wasn’t too keen on it, I don’t even remember why now but I didn’t particularly like it. This time around I was wondering why people are so terrified of planes and how they’re the coolest thing ever! Even if we did hit a bumpy patch at one point and my heart started racing as we were a bit taken by the weather.

Qantas also need to stop pretending that a cookie is breakfast though. At 7:30 when you’ve eaten nothing, cookies look nothing like breakfast… I ate it all the same though.

5 responses to “Up, Up and Away!”

  1. What part of Australia are you from? Haha I heard that apparently Sydney traffic is really bad, but I honestly can’t feel a difference. But you said you saw the Harbour bridge, so I guess in the city maybe. The weather was terrible though, wasn’t it? Wow a cookie is a snack, in no way is it a meal. I feel like domestic flights in Australia are not really as comfortable as international flight, so I’m glad you had a nice plane trip though!

  2. I’d hate going somewhere and not seeing any of it – I’d be going back again to look around and see the bridge and stuff, especially if its only a 30 minute flight away!

    • Maybe, but then I’d have to wander around and I’m scared of getting lost there 😛 Sydney is like a maze.

  3. Out of curiosity, did the time to go to the airport, get on the plane, and leave the airport actually take less time than driving? In the US, it’s usually faster to drive three hours than to take a thirty minute flight.

    I’m glad that you got something to eat! Every time I went on a flight less than an hour long, I don’t think that I got any sort of snack at all!

    • Probably not, I was at the airport at 6:30 and at our conference at 9:30 so it would be roughly the same. I think driving would have been faster on the way home because we got stuck on the Tarmac for 30 mins before taking off. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a choice, the boss booked our flights and told us we were going.

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