But today that will be far from my mind as I walk to the aerobridge to be welcomed by the Qantas Cabin crew …. I will feel relaxed, safe & welcomed & ready for the pleasurable trip of 9 hours to the city of charm, culture & divergence that is Hong Kong. We can discuss that recent rallies maybe impacting the fabric of the city … only time will tell. I do not think the long term affect will be the significant, but in these socially turbulent times, we can only continue on unperturbed.
Mid evening I will be boarding, refreshed over late lunch & evening dinner, far from the worry of the completed mornings commitments. Thanks to the world class service, food & beverages of the unmatched Qantas Sydney First Class International Lounge.
Tomorrow morning as we descend through the early morning haze of the sunrise & late Autumn, I will hopefully see the pod of cargo vessels awaiting movement into or out of the distinctive harbor. I will have enjoyed, as always, great Qantas service, a movie or three & a meal & more plus some onboard sleep in the gracefully floating ‘Queen of the Skies’.
Though well watered, & fed, my mouth will be dry with anticipation of the days ahead; my mind in sensory overload .. the views, the aromas of Hong Kong environs, the interaction of culture, the distinctive street sounds of the Cantonese & Mandarin language & the hustle of the 7+ million population.
As we descend through the clouds, the mechanical noise of speed & height control waft through the cabin; then the lowering of the undercarriage as a precursor to approaching runway. The South China Sea is close by the port window as the wheels kiss the rubber marked tarmac, first the main gear, than if like hanging in the breeze, the nose gear follow seemingly a minute behind.
We slow as the reverse thrusters deployed with brakes & spoilers do their job. I hear the First Officer call 80 knots & as we slow to the taxiway, the Captain motions rudders & tiller to guide us to the Gate.
It is amazing that after 9 odd hours of vectoring, we stop within 1cm or less of our target ground position. I bid farewell to my friends .. for they await a little rest before they make the homeward journey. I venture through the glistening glass of HKIA, & my lady’s meeting point.
What awaits me over the next days, is yet to pan out. What I do know, is that my senses will be delighted & surprised. My eyes filled with architecture & people, of culture & ambiance, of water & land, of food & drink.
I will be back soon to again be among the maddening crowd & I will be back on Qantas …..