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29 October 2010 @ 12:58 am
They call it the Eternal City ...  
Again, I am reminded that it is a terrible waste to use Rome as a transit stop. But it IS always there, and I can come back to see it properly again ... However, before I run out the door for food and a leg stretch, guess how long it took me to get here from Sydney?

Poll #1637488 Flight Hell

How long was it from Brammers checking in at Sydney Airport to checking in at her Rome hotel?

27 hours
30 hours
33 hours
36 hours
38 hours
She is still sitting in an airport somewhere, weeping quietly to herself.
Hueyphoenixacid on October 28th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Lol, I was only kidding about the sitting in an airport thing... unless, you're not weeping in the airport are you?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Not this time, that was last trip, when snow shut everything day after day. But after 38 hours, it feels like forever!
(no subject) - phoenixacid on October 28th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on October 28th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't been to Rome in ages but what I do remember is disatrous public transport. I suspect that if you go by your own car, you'll get lost soon.

But I do hope it'll be over soon for you.
Nennenenne on October 28th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Well of course they have disastrous public transport! Can you imagine making a subway system when you have to do all the digging of tunnels with a tea spoon and a brush? Everywhere they dig they find something that is interesting from an archaeological point of view. ;)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Potteresque Irepotteresque_ire on October 28th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
*Hands you a copy of "Twilight" so you can weep with a good reason* .... Oooooooooh, my Sparkly Vampire! *sob sob sob* :))))))))

*Huggles you and casts cushioning + Massaging charm on the chairs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
I can one up you there, I packed Jilly Cooper's Jump! as it is enjoyable enough to actually read, and silly enough to feel not guilt at leaving behind.
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Being an optimist (yeah, right) I'd say 27 hours. But even 38 hours isn't as bad as the non-stop BUS trip I did as a poor/idiotic young 'un from Cairns to Melbourne. FIFTY HOURS - one change at Brisvegas - was enough to scar me for life!

Enjoy Roma,

blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)

I did Lismore to Sydney by bus once and thought I had lost my mind, but apparently there actually IS a replica Ulhuru along the route. Hideous stuff! And yes, it was 38 ;-)
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Nennenenne on October 28th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Rome is fantastic. You must see it sometime.

My husband told me that when he traveled to NZ he needed 36 hours, so I guessed 33 hours from Sydney. Am I right?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
I love Rome, and am hoping to have a couple of deays here next week before I need to be in Firenze, but I am off to Viterbo and may end up spending them exploring the Lago Bolsena region, as I do not know it at all.

As to your guess, you would have been spot-on had it not been for delays in Singapore that meant I had to catch a later flight from London to Rome. Alas, 38.
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on October 28th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh God, you are so close!!!!!! And I hope you are not actually sitting in some windy airport of the world. *hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I waved as I flew over Germany, at both Berlin and Frankfurt for Cats!

And in a comfy hotel room, about to sleeeeeeeeeep like the sleepy ;-)
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
HEE! Every one has no faith in airlines. Which I have to say is often justified ... But BA were great at finding me a new connection when my flight from Australia was delayed by two hours in Singapore. SO much easier than the great Getting Home Saga of 09.
Kareinakareina on October 28th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
So, why is it that more than half of your friends who have voted so far all have the same warped sense of humour to say you aren't there yet? (or is it that we all have the same level of faith in airlines to get you where you are going?)
some kind of snark faeryshyfoxling on October 28th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
*points up* This. I'm very amused that currently 59% of us have picked the last option.
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pingridpingrid on October 28th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Europe! :D:D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Mille grazie! It is beautiful weather in Roma, even if you have to skirt France to reach Italy at the moment due to strikes (no one is shocked ;-))
mahaliemmahaliem on October 28th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Picked the shortest time but am absolutely horrified by all the choices. *hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 28th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Australia has many things going for it -- conveniently located for Europe is not one of those things, alas! And it was 38 hours, oh my puffy ankles :-(
bare_memabonwitch on October 29th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Eep! My longest travels are shorter than your shortest option! California to Barcelona only took 24 hours. Train from the middle of California up to Washington that Time I Lost My Passport While Visiting Family also took 24 hours.

...Glad this didn't turn into something like the winter last year.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 29th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
That is the standard by which all trips are currently judged ;-) I was trapped in terminal 5 at Heathrow again, but this time everyone was in a good mood and doing their utmost, so this trip is definitely better so far!

And I KNOW! I console myself that I am excellently placed for New Zealand and Fiji, and I do love NZ ...
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on October 29th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Rome....I've never been to Rome....*sighs longingly*

Hope you had good special socks for your poor legs and ankles...and a good mattress in your hotel :-)