Friday 26 October 2012
Highlights: Business class experience long haul flight.
With the Madrid and European leg over it was time to leave and get to the central part of this world trip, Argentina and Antarctica tour. The metro trip to the airport was uneventful except that it was peak morning travel period. Only the second time I have used the traditional backpack straps.
At check in I was given a ‘fast track’ pass to get through security with makes it very easy. The Iberia business lounge gave me a chance to catch up with e-mails and to try and confirm activities in Buenos Aires.
The 13 hour flight went well, not only did I get to sit in the first row of business class (bulk head seats give more room) but also the seat next to me was empty making the experience incredible. This was a day trip which is a first for me for an 8 hour trip, so no sleep on this flight. The in seat power point let me play games on the iPad after watching mediocre movies “Rock of Age” and “Journey 2: Mystery Island”.
The flight was over an hour late landing after 8.30 pm local time which was 2 am in the morning back in Spain. I had booked a transfer to my hotel given how far out the airport is, this cost 240 pesos or about $50 AUD. I also had to pay $100 USD just to enter the country since this is what Australia charges Argentina. The transfer took about 40 minutes and after a quick check in I was settled in my room around 10 pm. I did notice it was warm despite the time.
This is the end of my first month on the road, eight countries and six time zones changes so far. On Monday I head off to Ushuaia and the 22 day tour that this entire trip was built around begins.