I am writing this blog as I am in the taxi to BA airport where I will hopefully board my flight to Ushuaia. Yesterday was a day of chaos as I flew with Qantas from Sydney to BA. I boarded the flight and did a cheeky glance of my facebook to realize that my Melbourne bestie, Jack Rayson-Grant, was on my flight. I poked my head up over my seat and discovered him sitting two rows behind me. Delight! I believe I posted on my facebook that my flight was now going to be ‘great’ as I would have his company. One should never speak to soon because two hours into my flight we were told that the plane was returning to Sydney due to electrical failure.
I went from being relaxed to somewhat panicked as I realized I was unlikely to make my connecting flight. I then became concerned as four fire trucks followed the plane as we landed on the runway. The next six hours were an exercise in diplomacy and negotiation as I went to organize a new connecting flight. We re-boarded after a second delay 8 hours later. There was another guy on my flight headed to Ushuaia for an Antarctica cruise, so we buddied up and were taken to a hotel in Centro for the night.
I am only minutes away from the airport now and I am preparing myself for dilemmas with the amount of luggage I have, the cost for that luggage and whether that luggage will be at the other end. On top of that I realize I am in South America and my flight has a high likelihood of being delayed or cancelled.
Several hours has passed since I wrote the above content and I am now in the lobby of my hotel in Ushuaia. My luggage did not turn up at the airport when I arrived which was quite a horrid feeling. I was lucky to have Devrim with me and we waited for the next flight from BA to arrive- and luckily my luggage turned up on that carousel. Just saw Sevan and Ricky so heading out for a big feed then early sleep.