Africa 2017-18 Retrospective

The hardest part of a long an enjoyable trip is saying goodbye and transiting back into the so called ‘real’ life of Monday to Friday work. You end up in a half way situation of remembering fondly your trip but not wanting to look back too thoroughly as you’ll be sad you aren’t still there but not able to fully commit back to your normal life. At least this is my experience after a great trip and that’s exactly how I feel back my African Adventure.

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Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 62 Johannesburg to Melbourne, Australia

Monday 22 January 2018.
Highlights: Qantas Business Class experience, Returning home.

The last day of the trip was here and started with boarding the QF064 Johannesburg to Sydney for the 11 hour flight home. I flipped over my Fitbit watch back to Australian time and according to my watch it was now Monday 22 January 2018 not Sunday 21 January 2018 as the Johannesburg TV screens stated 🙂

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Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 61 Cape Town to Johannesburg, South Africa

Sunday 21 January 2018.
Highlights: Cape Town Airport Lounge, Business Class Flight to Johannesburg

The trip is over and it was time to start the long trip back home. My flight wasn’t until 1.25 pm and checkout from my room was at 10 am. I took advantage of staying in a room with both a TV and cable. This allowed me to watch a little of the Australia Vs England One Day International before checkout.

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Lounge Review – Johannesburg British Airways Galleries First Lounge

When visited: January 2018
Time of day: Late Afternoon / Dinner (16.15 to 18.10)
Rating: 3.5 / 5

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Flight Review – QF064 Johannesburg to Sydney

Airline: Qantas
Plane: Boeing 747-800
Gate: A6
Seat: 5B (Business Class Window seat)
Pushback: 18.58 (Scheduled 18.50) / Takeoff: 19.09
Arrived: 14.57 (Scheduled 15.30) / At Gate: 15.04
Duration: 10 hours 59 minutes
Length: 6,863 miles / 11,045 kms
Summary: A good hard product (in seats 5B and 5J), good soft product and service. Would be better if all business class seats had direct aisle access.

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Flight Review – BA6416 Cape Town to Johannesburg

Airline: Comair (Part of British Airways)
Plane: Boeing 737-800
Gate: A8
Seat: 2A (Club / Business Class window seat)
Pushback: 13.25 (Scheduled 13.25) / Takeoff: 13.40
Arrived: 15.21 (Scheduled 15.25) / At Gate: 15.25
Duration: 2 hours
Length: 790 miles / 1,272 kms
Summary: A very good short domestic flight, good soft product.

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Lounge Review – SLOW Cape Town Domestic Lounge

When visited: January 2018
Time of day: Lunch (11.05 to 12.35)
Rating: 4 / 5

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