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Chris Sayer’s Travel Diary

Monday, 04 Apr 2016

Location: Melbourne, Australia

MapSo, not a good start. What began as a ten minute delay in Launceston for the shortest leg of our journey, due to a “very minor mechanical problem”, then became a 30 minute delay. Then an hour. Every ten minutes came an update announcement that there was no update. After one and a half hours, we were getting concerned that we might not make our connecting international flight. Finally boarding two hours overdue, our late arrival in Melbourne confirmed our concerns.

Virgin paid for the night’s accommodation at a Tullamarine hotel and the evening’s meal, plus re-scheduled flights for tomorrow, but does that compensate for a whole day lost from our holiday?

We certainly were not expecting to have a night in Melbourne. I'm reminded of seven years to what my good friend and tour guide Mike said after a certain motorbike accident, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. John Lennon’s famous song lyric
is haunting me today.