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Old 02-27-2008, 11:22 PM   #526
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I've been to Tokyo (Airport) and Cairns (Airport)

For the longest time i'd only been to Christchurch Airport and i think that i didn't even get off the plane for that.
We stopped in Singapore airport too... except I'm convinced that the airport covers most of Singapore itself, so it might as well count as being in Singapore.

Saw on the news last night that Beijing's new airport is now the world's biggest, having pipped Heathrow...


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Wow, you totally need to do more of the South Island. One side of my family's from Central Otago, so I know it well. In fact, because of the influence of my Nan (from Earnscleugh, just outside Alexandra) on my mother and her in turn on me, some of my speech resembles that from Central Otago.
When i went to Christchurch i was very close to taking the train to Greymouth, but we were concerned that we'd be cutting it fine with getting to the airport for our flight back to Wellington.

My grandmother was from Invercargill and my parents lived in Dunedin for the longest time, so i wouldn't mind visiting them, as well as the really beautiful parts of the South Island as well.
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And come on, Chicago's O'Hare is a town unto itself. I've been to Illinois! O'Hare is good enough!
I was very impressed by the automatic train that took you from the terminal to the car parks there!

I've been to three US states too, plus Washington DC airport (whatever it's called)... that was my first stop in the US. I didn't get fingerprinted or eye-scanned or probed or searched or anything! All that paranoia for nothing...
The guy just looked at the bottom of my shoes cos I'd been in rural bits of England, although not near where foot-and-mouth broke out.
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Greetings from Cockburn, WA


All you people do is push around old stiffs.
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According to Wikipedia: "The name comes from the tale of a Māori chief who died after rolling over in his sleep while lying too close to a camp fire."


what's our next thread name? cockburn or are we gonna move on from down under for a bit?
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Blue line, always has. but unlike more well-thought-out airports, the blue line is just kinda near the airport, you have to take a shuttle bus from the terminals to get to it.

a holiday doesn't win if it's literally 4 days before summer break and just prolongs the school year.

i've been to just under 20 states sans airports. i don't think i've been to o'hare - when i went to chicago i took the train.

actually you'd appreciate this, like 6 years ago my mom and i took a train trip from boston-ny-philly-pittsburgh-chicago-dc-boston to see baseball games in all those cities (well maryland, the nationals hadn't been moved to dc yet)
Ahh, right, that would probably be why I was unaware of it. And it sounds like it was probably just easier to get the shuttle given my hotel's location anyway.

I like a holiday at any time! Days off FTW.

I've been to six states plus DC if you count airports. MA, TN, and KY properly, plus CA, IL, VA, and DC. I need to come back and do more.

And WOW, that sounds like a fantastic train trip. I'm jealous. One day I'm going to travel around Australia by train. With so many cancellations, that's getting hard to do in New Zealand though, except when enthusiast excursions run.
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We stopped in Singapore airport too... except I'm convinced that the airport covers most of Singapore itself, so it might as well count as being in Singapore.
I'd have preferred to have stopped in Singapores airport rather than a closed Narita with meal vouchers that were only valid for weekdays.

The plane that was meant to take us from Sydney -> Tokyo broke down for some reason so we had to wait in the airline lounge in Sydney (i tried to eat and drink as much of my moneys worth as i could), then go via Cairns to get to Tokyo where we would be unable to catch our British Airways flight so we had to hang around for a few hours to wait for that.

I'd love to do more travel like that, as a plane geek i could sit at most airports in the world for ages, positively enthralled.
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what's our next thread name? cockburn or are we gonna move on from down under for a bit?
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what's our next thread name? cockburn or are we gonna move on from down under for a bit?
Cockburn is actually a last name in my family. Pronounced co-burn.

I think we should go to Inaccessible Island.
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I was very impressed by the automatic train that took you from the terminal to the car parks there!

I've been to three US states too, plus Washington DC airport (whatever it's called)... that was my first stop in the US. I didn't get fingerprinted or eye-scanned or probed or searched or anything! All that paranoia for nothing...
The guy just looked at the bottom of my shoes cos I'd been in rural bits of England, although not near where foot-and-mouth broke out.
There's two, National (renamed reagan but liberals refuse to call it that) and Dulles.

I never, ever check off that farmland bit even if it's true. why go through the hassle?

the most security i ever saw was probably last time I flew thru heathrow, they'd added an extra shoe-scanning machine. however i still got a mini bottle of wine through by accident that they then caught in toronto when scanning my stuff to connect to the us. I was like "oh shit, well throw it out" and the baggage checker was a n00b and tagged and bagged it and generally took forever until his supervisor came over and said to just throw it out.

it's really weird how canada has US customs and US customs officers. I don't think we do that for them.
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Stuff that old amazes me. I remember walking around places like London just being in awe of how old the buildings were.

I visited the area around Brighton/Newhaven where my mother grew up... there are churches there that are like 800 years old. Crazy. And I saw the oldest building in Scotland, I think... St Margaret's chapel in Edinburgh Castle... built in 1100-and something, or thereabouts.

And the Roman stuff in Bath...

Heck, Stonehenge, for that matter! *mind boggles*
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plus Washington DC airport (whatever it's called)...
RONALD REAGAN AIRPORT.

Worst. Airport name. Ever.

Fuck I hate Reagan. Not a bad airport though. I liked it more than Dulles.
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the most security i ever saw was probably last time I flew thru heathrow, they'd added an extra shoe-scanning machine. however i still got a mini bottle of wine through by accident that they then caught in toronto when scanning my stuff to connect to the us. I was like "oh shit, well throw it out" and the baggage checker was a n00b and tagged and bagged it and generally took forever until his supervisor came over and said to just throw it out.
I got my deodorant taken off me when i flew to Wellington last year - all because it didn't have a lid.

For. Fucks. Sake. And i had to stand around and wait for a little form to be filled out.
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Cockburn is actually a last name in my family. Pronounced co-burn.

I think we should go to Inaccessible Island.


cock-burn.

Inaccessible Island would be fun, where is that?
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Ahh, right, that would probably be why I was unaware of it. And it sounds like it was probably just easier to get the shuttle given my hotel's location anyway.

I like a holiday at any time! Days off FTW.

I've been to six states plus DC if you count airports. MA, TN, and KY properly, plus CA, IL, VA, and DC. I need to come back and do more.

And WOW, that sounds like a fantastic train trip. I'm jealous. One day I'm going to travel around Australia by train. With so many cancellations, that's getting hard to do in New Zealand though, except when enthusiast excursions run.
i have never been to tn or ky. i haven't been to the south except FL. you should do more on the train!

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edit - wait did you do all those states in one visit?
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