good domestic flight
22.03.2010 - 22.03.2010 31 °C
Monday March 22 2010 sitting in the Brisbane International Airport, waiting to depart for Cairns. Flight time 6:55am
The gate 20 station area was filling up with people. Who knew so many were going to or through the Cairns airport. The 737 was going to be full. Then the ol' delayed announcement came on. (How many people's horoscopes predicted delays that morning – I know the general one for Aquarius did – really!)
The plane is going to be delayed a half hour, plus we will now change gates. You would think gate 24 was just around the bend, not so much. I am not exaggerating when I say we walked back down the long hallway of boutiques and eateries, back towards the entrance, then took a left and walked half a block to our new gate. I sat behind some women who were talking in normal sound and they were quite funny, so it was hard to mind my own business and not snicker at their stories. It was an easy wait. Then on to the airplane and I sat between one business man and one guy who took up his space and a touch of mine. He was quite tall and on top of that, he put a piece of personal carry-on under the seat in front of him, so his large feet dropped straight down in front of him. Then I noticed both guys, sat with their knees flared out and into my space. I felt quite confined with knees edging my little space and the bulk of their arms filling the arm rests. Breakfast came quite quickly and it was good. Then I put on my headphones and proceeded to snooze with the music in my ears.
Stepping out into the Cairns airport I felt a tropical blast of hot and humid air. Oh my. This airport is under renovations and our baggage pickup was way out of the airport area that we entered, down a long sidewalk to our left into a big new baggage carousel area. Where to my delight I found my contact because she was holding a white card with my name on it! I so love being taken care of in this way. My travel contact introduced me to Tony, who was taking me to my hotel as soon as I got my baggage. Done. I am now in my hotel called the Discovery Cairns and my receptionist there was so welcoming, full of advice and made me feel that I would be fine here for the next 5 nights.