A trip across the Pacific: The Santiago-Sydney Smile
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Our next stop after South America was to Australia. Not surprisingly, given the vastness of the Pacific Ocean that lies between these two locations, there aren’t many flights that go between the two.
After a few weeks of stalking the flight prices, we eventually were able to nab a direct flight for a good price and at a good time.
It was an exciting moment for us. We had a route planned to our next big destination and it was going to be a good one too. Not only that, but this would be our longest flight and on an exciting route too.
Who did we fly with?
We flew with Qantas. As ever, we flew in the cheapest seats going but they were fabulous. We were all sat together and fairly near the front, so we got fed quickly.
There was a decent entertainment system, which was good as the kids barely slept on the whole 14 hour flight, so they need a lot of films.
Food was good too. There was even a round of choc ices at what felt like silly o clock in the morning. Gave the kids another burst of energy to see them through several more hours of TV.
Waving to Antarctica
The most spectacular part of this particular flight is the route that it takes. Affectionately nicknamed the Santiago-Sydney smile for the reasons that you can see in this picture.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have window seats, but we loved watching the map to see where we were.
As we took off, we were able to catch glimpse of the Andes through the windows to our left. Waving goodbye to South America, Chile and Argentina the other side of those snowy peaks.
At first, the plane follows the Chilean coast before taking a “right-turn” and firmly heading towards Antarctica.
There was aa strange feeling as we realised that we were literally in the middle of nowhere. Hours from civilisation and wonderfully close to the beautiful Antarctica.
Apparently, on a good day and with the right window seat, you can see this icy continent in all its glory. I wish we could have seen it, but hope that one day we will get to see up close for ourselves.
Another curious phenomenon about this trip for us was that we travelled in constant daylight. We left Santiago around midday and as were crossing over the international date line arrived the next day at dinner time.
And it was pure sunlight the whole time. The kids didn’t seem to notice though as most of the other passengers had closed the windows in an attempt to sleep.
Emily though was wide awake and watching the most hilarious films she could find. Therefore, laughing maniacally and receiving filthy looks from the sleepy faces around her. I found it funny!
Landing in Sydney
Those first few steps on to Australian soil felt like a warm hug from a good friend. We’d never been to Australia before, but the English-speaking citizens and the sight of a WH Smiths in the airport made it feel a bit like home.
We grabbed an Uber to our hotel, ordered a Dominos from down the road and hoped that the kids would crash. No such luck. We watched TV until midnight.
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