For the Christmas/New Years holidays, I decided I wanted to go somewhere warm but not the usual places
such as Florida, Hawaii or the Caribbean. When my friend Kate suggested that Perth (Australia) was always
warm during this time of the year...their Summer (usually mid-80 to mid-90s), I thought to myself ....
So, I booked flights on British Airways to take me there. The traditional route from
Chicago to Australia is from Chicago to San Francisco (or Los Angeles) to Sydney and then on to Perth.
THese were all booked early and unavailable so I opted to go the other direction. I flew from Chicago
to London and then on to Singapore and then to Perth. This actually ended up being less expensive compared
to the "traditional route".
I spent 24 hours of actual flying and another 7 hours of dead (waiting)
time in airports.
I had fairly good seats (coach) most of the way with the seat next to me being
empty except for the last 4.5 hours.
It seems these days the airlines provide almost non-stop
TV (big screen in each section) of movies and TV shows (Friends, Ellen, Seinfeld). I saw 6 movies and
various TV shows on the trip out to Australia.
When I left Chicago, the temperature was 24 degrees
and upon arrival at Perth, the temperature was noted to be 84. There was a beautiful blue (cloudless)
I booked a room at the Mounts Bay Apartments. This is a new complex of "corporate" apartments
with full amentites (kitchen, washer/dryer, computer jacks, etc.). If you are interested, you can look
at their web pages at:
I will be posting pictures from various activities/days while I'm here (probably of interest only
to me... but what the heck) in case you want to see what I'm up to.