6 flights/5 countries/3 continents: Osorno-Valdivia-Santiago-Auckland-Sydney-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok
Total time including stop overs: Approximately 45 hours
I rang in the New Year siting on the tarmac at the Santiago International Airport. The crew donned costumes and decorated the plane with streamers and balloons. After reaching cruising altitude, the crew played festive music over the intercom while serving complimentary champagne and firing off confetti poppers. I just made that word up. It was a long tube filled with confetti that "popped". Even the captain came out to shake hands. (He was also in a costume.) So yeah, they got into it.
|Boarding the plane|
So after 30 or so hours from first setting off, I had arrived in Sydney. After a bit of a delay I boarded an Air Asia flight to Malaysia. It was my first time flying with them so I was a bit shocked and disheartened (it was an 8 hour flight, after all) to discover that not only was there no in-flight entertainment (I'm seriously content with just the one giant shared screen and ANY movie), but they also didn't have any complimentary meal or drink service. No peanuts, no water, no tiny map showing where you are in relation to where you're going. No nothing. But then, just to make things worse, they also don't allow outside food or drinks. What the what? Who does that. Well, an airline that sells overpriced drinks and smelly food, that's who. To be totally fair, I'm sure this all helps to keep their costs down, as they are the leading low-cost airline in the area. (So said the courtesy magazine in the seat pocket in front of me.)
|Thankfully Bill was there to keep me company|
So there you go. It wasn't even remotely pleasant to get here. But Thailand more than made up for it as you can see in the following picture.
I'm sure I sound all bitter, but that's just the jet lag talking. I'm super excited to be here, I swear. (Insert smiling emoticon here.)