Let’s be honest. Some 18 years ago when I began these international flights here, there & everywhere, it was kind of thrilling and exciting jumping on planes and spending crazy numbers of hours on board. Fast forward to 2018 and I could not think of anything worse than flying. Long queues, incredibly daft people, intense and strict security. It’s changed a lot. I’ve grown older and perhaps become a little grumpy. But that’s ok because at least I get to travel unlike many people in this world who are unable to for varying reasons. If being able to explore ancient cities, art galleries and watching football matches all over Europe is the hardest part of my life, then well, I’ve got a pretty sweet life.
Anyway, I’m off once more and currently in the departure lounge at Taipei International waiting for the second leg of my journey. The airport itself appears rather run down and in need of urgent upgrades to compete against the midterm and progressive airports but I was told by one of the cleaning staff that there was in fact, a major upgrade 12 years ago. If that’s the case, the mind boggles at how bad it must have been 20 years ago! I must admit, I was tempted to have 24 hours here in the Taiwan capital but time was against me so perhaps another time. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump to the wonders of one of my favourite cities too. Hong Kong. And I’ve not been there for the longest time. You see, the seeds are always planting themselves inside my mind of places to explore and new adventures to plan. I know travel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for me, it’s my everything. I see travel as an evolving opportunity to broaden ones horizons, explore new cultures and meet interesting people. Sometimes you just need to reach out and try it.
Silly me forgot to convert my Aussie dollars that I had in cash to British pounds before getting to the Brisbane Airport and we all know how bad exchanging money at an airport can be. Travelex (rip off merchants that they are) we’re offering 45 pence to every Australian dollar. Plus fees! Considering the standard exchange rate is around 57 pence to the dollar, I refused the offer of Travelex to obtain some pounds. Still, there were a lot of people lining up to cash their money in. Strange!
On board my China airlines flight, it appeared everyone was sick! Actually, everyone at Taipei airport seems sick too. Lucky for me, my immune system is quite strong and I don’t even bother getting that pointless and completely useless flu jab! Only mugs get that shite pumped into their bodies.
The food on board was a bit hit and miss. I had the dinner which was chicken and rice though breakfast didn’t appear too exciting so I chose to kip down instead. The decor inside the plane was like quite stale and dated. I did however pull my usual stunt of getting on last and taking up a free seat in the emergency exit row instead of being sandwiched between two fellas in 64B. Fuck that for a joke! One thing I have learnt over the years in travel is that you have to be a little sneaky and take advantage of situations that 99% of the population just doesn’t compute.
So there we have it. The beginning of another adventure abroad. I may moan a little about the daft side to my fellow passengers but I know that in another 16 hours, I’ll be touching down in London for yet another escape from the realities of day to day life. I’ve packed light and can’t wait to get cracking!