May 17, 2004

Sydney to Denver

Terminal at LAX - the plane we flew in on was the red Qantas one

A very long day or a couple of short days and a short night, depending on which way you look at it. Like, I haven't slept in 29 hours, make the day seem an eternity. Also like watching sunset at 4pm and sunrise at midnight, with breakfast at 1am. Which is the shortest night I've had in a long time.

The Qantas flight was great - we had a plane fitted with a screen in each chair and fifteen channels to choose from. I watched Cold Mountain (ok but really hard to hear), Paycheck (better than I thought it would be), and Return of the King. Tried to doze for a couple of hours but didn't succeed.

I remembered about three minutes after we'd taken off that I was going to see if I could borrow Jim's noise reducing headphones. Doh!! Would have made hearing the movies a whole lot easier.

Our welcome to America was with someone yelling at us not to take a photo of the plane we'd just gotten off (we'd taken photos of it in Sydney without any problems, go figure). Other than that, an incident free trip through customs and security. And the laptop still works!

I had the window seat from Sydney to LAX, so that Dad could have it for flying over the Rockies on the way to Denver. But after we got in the plane, about a minute before we were due to take off, I noticed both two back rows were empty, so I went and got my own window seat. I took the opposite side to the parents so we were sure to see both sides of the plane. Took a stack of photos, most of which you can't really see anything because it's so hazy, oh well.

After arriving in Denver (and finding the hotel has ethernet internet access woohoo! - albeit rather flaky - I have to reboot the machine every time it dies) we went on an unsuccessful mission to find more memory for my camera and a prepaid sim card for Luc's phone. We're going to try the department stores tomorrow.

Posted by kazza at May 17, 2004 11:55 AM

WOW.. the airport looks amazing!

how long did it take you to get through imigration? took us for-eeeevvvvvvvvvverrrrrrrrr!

Whats the tempreture like over there?

Posted by: paul on May 17, 2004 04:49 PM

I remember Denver's airport as being MASSIVE, with long walks to do anything. I expect some walking at an airport, but they had golf cart shuttle busses!

Posted by: JC on May 18, 2004 07:55 AM

The airport in the picture is actually LAX (Los Angeles). Denver is also pretty big too - not that you have to walk it - now they have a *train* to take you from terminal to terminal and the main baggage/checkin area. Pretty funny to have to catch a train to get around an airport!

Posted by: kazza on May 18, 2004 03:20 PM

oh, temperature is perfect. Jeans and a tshirt weather, although we did put jumpers on at 10000 feet :)

Posted by: kazza on May 18, 2004 03:21 PM