Australia, Just a Bit Longer
by Kurt Aschliman
So my flight from Australia was ‘rescheduled.’ Meaning, we arrived at the airport for an 11 am flight to find out our plane was still in LA and we wouldn’t be leaving until 7 PM. But, Qantas Airlines put us up in a 4 star hotel for the afternoon as well as gave us meal vouchers ($20 for lunch and $30 for dinner at the hotel). Â After ordering some room service, Pete and I decided to head out to see a bit of Brisbane with our recent added time in Australia. Â Here’s to making the most of getting delayed! Â We were certainly not put off a great deal, the airline took care of us and it gave us a chance to see a bit more. Â This was not the felt emotion of the ladies behind us. Â You know the type, show up to the airport with barely enough time to make an international flight and then get incredibly huffy when you find out your flight has been delayed. Â She snarled quite a bit and in the ever so making Americans look great way, she said, “This is ridiculous, I’m going to get everything, vouchers, first class, how dare they do this to us.” Â Life is too short for things like this to be the spark that ignites a wildfire.
So now I’m sitting at a coffee shop in downtown Brisbane, soon to head back to the hotel to grab some dinner and then head back to the airport. Â I still am not sure when I’m going to get home tonight, as the e-mail I just received states an entire different itinerary than the confirmation I received at the service desk. Â So all in all, who knows. Â But, here’s to a rolling with the punches attitude and enjoying a bit more time down under.