In transit in the First Class Qantas Lounge

Trip Start Dec 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 12, 2012

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Flag of Hong Kong  , New Territories,
Thursday, December 13, 2012

First things first : we rescued Rapunzel. Yesterday was a long, but thrilling, second day in Disneyland. As planned, we arrived just after 2.30pm and managed to last the distance until the fireworks at 9pm. Saskia decided to go as Sleeping Beauty again, this time without the eyeshadow and lipgloss. She fended off requests for photos all day ( from those polite enough to ask). I love the fact that she knows her own mind.

We met Minnie Mouse and the girls also got to meet Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Rapunzel. We managed the Cinderella Carousel, the Dumbo ride, Winnie the Pooh, Adventureland's Raft Ride and River Cruise and the very psychotropic 'It's a small world', all of which were excellent. During the 'it's a small world' boat ride through a vey simplistic representation of some of the world's different cultures (I never knew Australian aborigines used totem poles) I had a vision to do a Koyaanisqatsi style doco to that tune showing visions of the world's poor and starving children. If only the world's children enjoyed such happiness in equal measure. I'm sure Walt meant well but he was a bit out of it, don't you think? Despite my cynicism, it was a finely executed production.

The fireworks were spectacular - to the standard we've come to expect from the Disneyland experience. Although I could have done without the fake snow which rained down on us as we were exiting. I'be always been a little paranoid about the Chinese use of chemicals in things and this trip has been no different. What exactly was in that fake snow?

This morning we checked out early to go and meet Peter Ford from Allied World Assurance Company (AWAC - a client of mine) who was kind enough to invite us up to his home in a very nice part of downtown Hong Kong. Before we did so we checked in our bags at Hong Hong station which has an Airport check-in terminal. Brilliant!

After some lovely morning tea we said good bye to Peter and headed out to the airport, keen to check into the Qantas Club to give the girls a midday nap. The late night fireworks experience was beginning to take its toll. Children are fabulously flexible when it comes to travelling, but I've found the secret is to meet their needs before they have to tell you about it. It comes down to knowing when the need to sleep, eat and go to the toilet even before they do. That way you avoid meltdown, and everyone (including other travellers) stays happy.

We are now sitting out the wait for our 11pm departure flight in the comfort of the Qantas Club First Class Lounge. The regular lounge was closed for cleaning when we arrived so we were directed here. We've been fed, watered and the girls are now sleeping. The Qantas Club membership was a last minute decision but one that has already been worth it. My single membership covers the whole family. Highly recommended for those families doing international trips and flying Qantas/BA. You don't want to be sitting around in an airport cafe with kids at 10pm at night. That's fine if you are 26 years old and backpacking, but with kids, my tolerance for 'roughing it' has softened significantly.

We've all really enjoyed HK. Alexandra is already looking more 'outward', suggesting this afternoon that we could 'probably spend a few years overseas'. Saskia has no idea that she's in a different country, pointing to a very tall building on the island and saying 'that's Mummy's work' (confusing it with the Rialto). She's just glad that Rapunzel's no longer locked in her tower.
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Leonie on

Wow! In the lap of luxury truly!

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