Part 2 of the saga of Trentham, Victoria to Swansea, Wales by public transport….
We left a hazy, smoggy Hong Kong with the promise of being into Heathrow about an hour early courtesy of a half loaded plane and favorable winds…a 777 300ER can carry around 280 passengers…we’d be lucky to have half of that number on this flight…everyone spread out soon after take off and by ‘breakfast time’ about an hour into the flight there weren’t many vacant seats left…most people had claimed 3 seats each, as did I <g>
Breakfast once again….you certainly couldnt starve flying Cathay Pacific around the world…..was excellent, but our appetites had been slightly sated by the last breakfast we had just before landing about 3 hours before. One hint if travelling with Cathay…if you like salt and pepper with your meal, ask for a couple of sachets as soon as you can…they aren’t commonly supplied.
Nap time for an hour or so and I’m feeling ‘bright as a button’ again…at this stage, we have now been awake for 31 hours….only about 16 more hours to go before proper sleep…and a 47-48 hour day is a loooong one. We have yet to get from Heathrow to Paddington in London and then catch a train out to Swansea in Wales……
As we fly over snow covered Mongolia, where the lakes are almost completely frozen and the entire landscape is white….. the outside temperature at 34,000′ is -74F!!!!!..we did get to -81F at 36,000′ northeast of Moscow.
Landing at Heathrow was a breeze…..it was the sitting around once we got into Paddington Station that finally got to us and we donned jumpers and winter coats, while the Brits around us dressed in all sorts of different styles…from the short sleeves of the bloke across from us on the train to Swansea tonight to a couple of girls who were dressed more appropriately for climbing a 10,000′ mountain.
Prices have been an eye opener and we won’t talk about the exchange rate for the Aussie dollar against the rest of the world… £2.40 (nearly $5) for a medium hot chocolate!!!!!! A 15 minute train ride from Heathrow airport to Paddington…..£32 for the 2 of us…but if you buy your tickets on the day it’s £44!!!! and yet, we get to travel from London to Swansea in Wales which is a 3 hour 20 minute journey it cost £54 for both of us!!!
We’re on the last leg of a 2 day journey which started about 43 hours ago…..Yep…we’re just a little bit tired…. 🙂