Sunday, 5 June 2011

Frequent Fliers

We’re home!

It was a long journey, but not too bad. The flight to Australia wasn’t overfull so we had two seats each. Well, for Littletree two seats was enough to stretch out and lie down, so she slept most of the flight. For me it was just less-uncomfortable, but still pretty nasty.

I hate flying. Being stuck in the air-conditioning, it’s loud and uncomfortable and rough on the immune system.

Here’s Littletree, the mega frequent-traveller, boarding the plane on leaving her 24th country.

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So, things I have learned on this trip: Phuket International Airport sucks. Most airports these days don’t allow you to bring any liquids through security into the departure lounge – including drinking water. Normally I bring my usual crocheted drinking water bottle with the water tipped out and the lid off. After we’ve passed security I find a drinking fountain to refill the bottle for drinking on the plane. But Phuket airport, there were *no* drinking water taps at all anywhere, and every single shop in the entire place sold *only* Nestlé water. :(

HERE is what I think about Nestlé, especially their water. So I was wandering around the departure lounge for ages, desperately wanting a drink of water, not wanting to buy Nestlé water. Not wanting to get on a flight without water, not wanting to buy Nestlé. Argh!

On the other hand, Kuala Lumpur LCCT Airport has filtered drinking water fountains, free WiFi, and not just WiFi, but electric sockets you can plug computers into (rare and hard to get in many places), nice bathrooms – even with free showers(!), and a reasonable selection of cheap food. Yay KL!

I will admit the shuttle bus to KL airport made me very nervous. The driver not only had his day bag sitting loose on the floor, 50 crazy bus

he also had a sticker of a motorbike racing driver covering the speedometer! yikes!

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We did at least arrive safely :) Ah, it’s great to be home!


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  2. 24 countries already! Absolutely amazing. Have you written about how you guys manage (financially) to travel so much? My son is 4 1/2 and so far he's only been to Canada. We hope to make it back to Australia within the next year or so and will, undoubtedly make many return trips (his Nana and Auntie live there), but still. We've got a long way to go to cover even a 1/8th of the 195.

  3. Welcome home :) I get such vicarious pleasure from your travels, thank you!

  4. rainblissed, I haven't blogged so much about our travelling - mostly because most of it was before I started the blog. But I'll keep that in mind for a future post :)

    And thanks Cream until Fluffy :) I guess it's all about everyone living the lives that other people can't - we all live vicariously through each other while at the same time living our own lives so that others may do the same.

  5. Glad you made it home safely. Wow that Littletree has been to 24 countries. :-)

    I know what you mean about Nestle water. I found out my favorite 'Ozarka' water is Nestle, and was extremely disappointed. :-(

  6. that sucks, fugzilla. I hate it when Nestle buys one of my favourite brands.


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