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Roughly 40 hours since leaving my home in Oulu (left), I finally made it to the hostel in Newcastle (right). I had two 10 hour long flights, from Helsinki to Tokyo and from Tokyo to Sydney. I hadn't ever flown before, so at least it was something new to experience.

 

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Unfortunately most of the time it was night or otherwise too cloudy so I didn't get to enjoy the views too much.

Despite serious attempts, I couldn't manage to sleep during either of the flights. On the Finnair flight to Tokyo, I was a bit annoyed to find myself sitting next to a Japanese guy who couldn't carry out a conversation in English. I hoped he could've at least showed me how to use chopsticks, but I was surprised to find that he ate his meal of rice and chicken with a fork and a knife instead. For most of the flight, I just watched movies and cartoons.

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The trip was quite fine until Japan. I had 10 hours to spend at the Narita airport and by that time I was too exhausted to go out and see around. There was too much commotion that kept me from sleeping, but eventually I managed to get some rest on the benches in the check-in area.

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20:20, that's my flight. My plane's waiting still and I've got several hours to pass. I decided to go for a walk in the shopping & cafe level.

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There weren't too many English-speaking people at the airport so buying anything was a bit difficult. I met these two girls over a cup of coffee and they were quite helpful in giving me directions. If I remember correctly, they were going on holiday to Beijing.

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The last hour or two I spent in a bar talking to some other people I would fly with to Sydney. I met some Australians, a Norwegian guy who were to open a cafe business in Sydney and even a Finnish girl on her way to New Zealand for study abroad.

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The next ten hours I spent watching and listening to the huge Qantas airbus jet turbine, which was located right next to my window. The flight was terrible. I don't know if it was the noodles I had had earlier, or just common motion sickness, but I felt nauseous for the whole 10 hours from Tokyo to Sydney. I couldn't really eat anything and I just kept drinking water and tea. The cold draft I felt on my feet the whole time didn't really help at all.

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After total travel time of about 40 hours, I was so relieved to get out of the plane in Sydney. It was +20 or so and really humid, since it had been raining for several days, but I don't mind as long as I could get a good night's sleep. The rest of the trip from Sydney to Newcastle was quite painless, since I had booked a Happy Cabby bus to drive me directly to my destination, the Newcastle Beach YHA hostel.

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The hostel is only a few hundred meters away from two of the three most popular beaches, the Newcastle Beach (left) and Nobby's Beach (right). During the next few days, I'm planning to find out how much sunscreen is appropriate for a day on the beach.

Last Updated (Friday, 15 February 2008 07:28)