Next Stop, Chek Lap Kok
Just a quick post with a couple of travel shots to say that I’m in the midst of the long way home. After a very busy working week in Brisbane, I had seen trains, office meeting rooms, and the inside of my hotel. I did get to see the sun rise one day, though, as I had to arise at 4:30 and get a 5:25 express train out to the suburbs to do a station stop survey, which predated the sun by at least a few minutes! I had just one short day on Saturday to see a bit of Brisbane – more on that soon (hopefully) – before starting the tremendously long journey home.
As I write this, I’m somewhere over the Great Barrier Reef, heading for the equator. While I thought that my flight south was pretty bumpy due largely to the typhoon hitting Taiwan, this flight is pretty bumpy too – so perhaps there is something about the air currents and winds and everything over this part of the world. It is just under 9 hours to Hong Kong, where I’m sure it will be hot and steamy once more.
Fast forward to a smooth landing at HKG and a quick entrance into the Hong Kong SAR (special administrative region of China) and I headed to my hotel one stop away for the night, before I embark on the nearly 13-hour flight home to London tomorrow afternoon. Oh, and in case the title of this post is throwing you off – Chek Lap Kok is another name for Hong Kong International Airport, because it is on island of that name (albeit land reclamation). With over 53 million passengers, it rounds out the top ten in the world, and is frequently voted as one of the best.
So, once again, my journey began at about 10:30 local time in Brisbane on Sunday (1:30 Sunday morning at home) and will end at probably about 45 hours later at 22:30 London time on Monday. Then its up for work on Tuesday and a very long day with two big presentations up in Newcastle sandwiched by a 3-hour train journey on either side Wednesday. Time-permitting, I hope to share some “Impressions of Australia” and “Brisbane by River” soon.