Travel Thread


@Bomber_Matriach I/we did Ireland late August last year. We hired a car and drove south down to Galway (watched the Bombers beat Port in the bar at the hotel where we were staying drinking Guinness at 10.30am). Did the Ring of Kerry and the Skye road. Beautiful scenery, great people, we mainly ate at pubs, all were decent.

When we were in Dublin, we used the tram system to get around. It was easy to use. If you have time the Museum of Ireland is worth a look and The Guinness factory was interesting too. The city itself is lovely.

One suggestion, take a warm jacket (I had to buy one when we got there) it was about 14 degrees the whole time we where there.


Have not yet booked accommodation but the idea of driver and day trips sounds perfect. The Wedding is in Hoi An so that’s perfect.


Sydney lounge an absolute zoo this morning, man I miss the first lounge here. The higher lounge access is the thing I miss most since dropping down to Gold


This is an interesting story. Passenger was left asleep in the plane after landing.

Air Canada reviewing how crew left passenger on parked plane after flight to Toronto

about an hour ago


An Air Canada plane parked on the tarmac, taken on an unspecified date.|700x467 Photo: Tiffani Adams claimed to have woken up “all alone” after a flight from Quebec to Toronto. (Facebook: Air Canada)

Air Canada is looking into how crew members could have disembarked from a plane without noticing a sleeping passenger who was left behind.

Key points:

  • Air Canada confirmed the incident took place but declined to comment on its disembarking procedures
  • The airline said it was reviewing the matter and has followed up with the passenger
  • Tiffani Adams said she had been left with “reoccurring night terrors” after the incident

The airline was responding to an incident involving a woman who described waking up “all alone” on a “cold dark” aircraft after a flight from Quebec to Toronto earlier this month.

“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?!” Tiffani Adams recounted in a June 20 Facebook post sent by her friend, Deanna Noel-Dale.

The airline confirmed the incident took place but declined to comment on its disembarking procedures or how the passenger may have been overlooked.

“We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada said.

Ms Adams wrote that after she woke up, she called Ms Noel-Dale to try to explain what happened, but her phone died and she couldn’t charge it because power to the plane was off.

She said she was “full-on panicking” by the time she found the “walky talky thingys in the cockpit”, which also didn’t work.

After no-one saw the “SOS signals” she made by shining a flashlight out the window, she claimed to have unbolted a cabin door.

Facing a steep drop to the tarmac, she said she leaned out of the aircraft and called over a ground crew member, who helped her out.

An excerpt of the Facebook post by Deanna Noel-Dale, posted on behalf of her friend Tiffani Adams.|700x467 Photo: An excerpt of the Facebook post by Deanna Noel-Dale, posted on behalf of her friend Tiffani Adams. (Facebook: Air Canada)

The passenger wrote that Air Canada personnel asked if she was OK and whether she would like a limo and hotel, but she declined the offer.

She said airline representatives apologised and said the carrier would investigate.

“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” the Facebook post said.

Ms Adams has been contacted for comment.

Air Canada said in a Facebook response to the post that it was surprised to hear the story and “very concerned”, asking Ms Adams to send a private message with her flight details.

“We’ll take a look into it,” the airline wrote.


Staying at the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour, any cool joints nearby or in the City to watch the crucket tonight?


Dunno sorry.


I’ve been reading lots of fiction books about WW2 and the Cold War recently, and now I want to go back to Berlin. We had a couple of free days before our tour started a couple of years ago, and did things like visiting the Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier (we know it as the Berlin Wall) memorial walking from the Haupbahnhof out along Invalidenstrasse, and other things that were later covered on our tour, but really would like to wander along Unter Den Linden and to Potsdamerplatz and Alexanderplatz where Bernie Gunther’s Kripo was based. No need to go back to some of the other memorials like Topography of Terror or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Been there, done that.

I’ve also been reading David Young’s Karin Müller series. Karin is a police Oberleutnant who constantly runs into areas the Stasi is trying to protect. She just works for the People’s Police in the Hauptstadt (East Berlin). All set mid 70’s.


Thanks to all for the ideas on Auckland. Didn’t manage to do much as it was a short trip but aiming to get back soon hopefully.
Can’t praise LATAM enough, $523 business class special from Sydney to Auckland return the only bummer was the early departure from Auckland this morning but worked out ok as I had to be back in Adelaide this arvo for a job. Comfortable seats, good food and excellent service. Even managed to jag an hour and a bit of sleep.


In Seattle and walking along Post Alley (near Pike Market, think equivalent of Vic Market in Melbourne) and I spy on the gum wall Blitz’s own @dingus. And gum wall is just that, walls covered in people’s used gum. A lot of gum.


Story of my life…


hey, you have a story. That’s something.


“I always thought the stories on your forum were made up, until one day…”


Good time to close this thread.


I have seen some disgusting things in my life, but a “gum wall” seems extreme even for the USA.


ending with an n is worse


Actually know blokes in Texas who have gun walls. Rifles, shotguns and all sorts of pistols. One has over 600 guns, and proudly shows them off and hands them around to visitors.

Yep probably more disgusting than a gum wall.


VThe gun culture is insane. Been told of pickup trucks driving around in some cities with guns loaded on them. They never left the wild west.

But I like the US a lot. Interesting place to visit. And despite all its bad bits it’s still ahead with the good it does.

First time to Seattle. Kind of like a typical US city on the face of it. Some interesting older bits, and a mix of new stuff to visit like museums and galleries. Has that laid back west coast feel (being on the west coast will do that to a place…).

I did visit the Chihuly garden and glass exhibition - a famous local glass artist who has created some truly amazing glass sculptures.


One of the two parts of the US I’ve never been that near to, the other being Alaska.


Depending in what you want for a visit I’d say it’s worth a look. I’ve only stuck to the downtown area, and there is enough good stuff to see. Out of the city is the nature stuff which is meant to be excellent.

and no shortage of Starbucks… The original one at Pikes Market, from 1901, I believe has a massive queue waiting to get in. I did go to thier Reserve Roastery store, which is an actual roastery (yep like the name suggests - I’m Captain Obvious today) was v.good and more a hipster Melbourne cafe housed in a massive warehouse. Good coffee with interesting surrounds.


Apart from next March’s cruise through the Panama Canal which leaves from LA (San Pedro) and ends in Fort Lauderdale (30km north of Miami), I have no great desire to visit the US while the orange-haired fuckstick resides in Washington.

I may well do a little Michael Connelly tour in LA and have a squiz at the Art Deco strip in Miami but the rest of them can go ■■■■ themselves.