Sunday 11 August 2019.
Highlights: Paloquemao Market, Hostal Mi Monaco
The trip begins today. My tour group picked me up from last night’s ’emergency’ accommodation at the Hotel Dann on the way to our first event a visit to the Paloquemao Market. Our Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Miguel introduced himself to me and a quick hello to my 12 fellow tour members.
Seat: 28B (Middle)
Departed: 13.11 (Scheduled 13.05)
Arrived: 13.47 (Scheduled 14.08)
Duration: 36 minutes
Distance: 183 kms
This was the first of two flights included with the G Adventures Classic Colombia tour. This was an incredibly short flight schedule for 1 hour 3 minutes it turned out to be even less.
Saturday 10 August 2019.
Highlights: No transit driver and initially no hotel room, finally arriving in Colombia!
Most of the night I found myself waking up every time I moved during my sleep due to a sore neck which was such a pain but by mid-morning it had remitted quite a lot so hopefully will be fully gone by the time the tour starts tomorrow.
Seat: 9A (Economy Window)
Pushback: 17.45 (Scheduled 17.45)
Arrived: 23.02 (Scheduled 23.10)
Duration: 5 hour 17 minutes
Distance: 3,925 kms
When visited: August 2019
Time of day: Afternoon
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Friday 9 August 2019.
Highlights: Qantas Business Class domestic and international flights, Travel chaos
Day 1 really started the night before on the Thursday. I returned from a Canberra work trip, came home changed, had a quick dinner with a friend and said goodbye to my young cats Boots and Juno. From here a train trip from the city to Broadmeadows and a pick up to stay at my mum’s. Everything seemed good.
Seat: 12E (Business Middle Aisle Upper Deck)
Departed: 20.01 (Scheduled 12.35 SYD)
Arrived: 19.42 (Scheduled 13.00 DFW)
Duration: 14 hour 49 minutes
Distance: 13,804 kms
This was the second leg of three flights to get to Bogotá, Colombia. The first flight was a domestic flight Melbourne to Sydney which was first cancelled and my replacement flight was then delayed. First flight was delayed by 6 hours as a result of Sydney Airport only using one runway due to windy weather.
This flight was almost the reverse of my previous Dallas to Brisbane flight taken back in February 2013 which was slightly shorter distance at 13,363 kms compared to this flights 13,804.