Following the launch of Harley David, focus shifted firmly onto preparing to leave for Vietnam and Cambodia the following week. Both Karen and I were working up until the day prior to leaving, and so the nights and intervening weekend were jam packed with catching up with people before for Christmas, packing, preparing the house and with Karen’s birthday (on the 22nd Dec).
As expected, the night before the 8am flight to Darwin was a late one, with last minute packing, reorganising and double checking.
We met up with John (Mulholland, PlanB guitarist) at the airport as he was sharing the flight with us. A few hours later we landed in a torrential downpour in Darwin with 6 hours to kill before the flight to HCMC. We thought of getting a taxi into the city centre to have a look, or even jumping on a shuttle bus, and then John came up with the brilliant idea of hiring a car instead. It was only $20 more after insurance and enabled us to visit the waterfront, Casuarina, Nightcliff and the amazingly good Art Gallery and Museum. I’m not typically a lover of these types of venue, but the Darwin one was fantastic. As well as the moving Cyclone Tracy exhibit, they also had a special exhibit of “The story of ACDC”. A really well set out presentation with clips, articles, merch and paraphernalia on the band’s history from ’74 to today.
Evening arrives in Darwin (Does Darwin have a nickname, like “The Windy City”, “The City of Churches” etc.? What is it?) and we board the Jetstar flight to Ho Chi Minh City. I’ve taken a lot of domestic flights with all airlines (except Tiger, which I only hear bad reports about), and Jetstar were always on a par with Virgin. So I boarded the plane expecting a budget flight. Having said that, I was still quite disappointed with the service. We checked in and had to be split up because we were on an exit row and passengers under 15 aren’t allowed to sit there. This meant that Kayla had to sit 8 rows back by herself because there were no other available seats. When we got on the plane, it turned out that we weren’t on an exit row – we were row 1, seats D, E and F, which on this plane were at the front opposite the door. It wasn’t an exit row at all!
That’s OK, though, I’ll put it down to a mistake by the booking lady.
When we were seated and ready for take-off, the organisation was quite poor. There was a choice of beef or chicken dishes for main; by the time they got to row 3, they’d run out of chicken dishes. What the?
It was a similar story with the in-flight entertainment. You could hire an iPad-like console for the flight to play games on. By the time they got to Kayla in row 8, guess what? Yep, they’d run out. Say it with me, people…
p.s. just a reminder, our second single “Southern Delta” is now available on a whole raft of e-music stores. At 0.99c, it’s a bargain, and every purchase helps us fund the creation of the upcoming album, due for release later in the year. So please visit your favourite store (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tunecore, Myspace, Music, Medianet, emusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, Shockhound, Napster, Thumbplay, IMVU) and support the band. If you can’t find it at one of these stores, please let us know.