Russia 2002

Russia 2002

Russia 2002

After the exhausting experience of the past fortnight, I slept as much as I could on the long journey home.  Having said that, I always find sleep difficult on long-distance flights in Economy Class when there are several stopovers that interrupt any attempt to re-establish a Circadian rhythm.  For the record, the flights taken on my marathon journey back from Moscow were as follows:

  1. 18 October 2002, Moscow (Sheremetyevo) to Helsinki in a Finnair McDonnell-Douglas MD-83, registration OH-LPA (12 years old), directly connecting with…

  2. 18 October 2002, Helsinki to Bangkok (Don Muang) in a Finnair McDonnell-Douglas MD-11, registration OH-LGB (11 years old), directly connecting with…

  3. 19 October 2002, Bangkok (Don Muang) to Sydney on a Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJA (the same plane as I had flown in just a fortnight previously, 13 years old), directly connecting with…

  4. 20 October 2002, Sydney to Adelaide on a Qantas Boeing 737-300, registration VH-TJC 13 years old).

I had a window seat on the final leg of my journey into Adelaide.  As you can see by the photo at the top of this page, the sun broke through the clouds as we flew in over the city centre, flooding Adelaide Oval in glorious golden light.  I felt it was the most wonderful welcome home imaginable.

I was back in my office working that afternoon (yes, even though it was a Sunday) – after all, there was a lot of important new follow up work required by me and the Admissions Office as a result of this trip.

Day 17

Moscow to Adelaide

Friday 18 October 2002

Москва в Аделаида