Greetings from Sydney

Mikkel Aaland and I just arrived in Sydney on the way to Hobart, Tasmania. Qantas took great care of us on the way – it was my first time in the “bubble” up top of a 747 and I slept like a baby. Maybe that’s because they give you your very own set of jammies.


Photo Credit: Mikkel Aaland

Aussie Mike met us at the gate and got us into the Qantas Club. I took a much needed shower and feel like a new man. I’m headed off to the “meetup” at the SYD Starbucks. Hope to see a few of you there!

50 Replies to “Greetings from Sydney”

  1. Welcome to Oz mate!!Its a shame you aren’t coming up here to Qld but at least Tassie isn’t too shabby.

  2. Leo,
    Hope you have a great trip. Please share your photos if you can. Stuck here in Massachusetts, we are experiencing a prolonged Winter and could use so nice photos to look at while we wait for the real Spring to arrive. Didn’t realize you were a Lightroom user, let us know how you used it on your trip.
    Thanks, Paul

  3. That is really cool! Obviously, Leo did not get stuck in coach, as he knew was a possibility. I think that we should get that outfit for all of the twitters for the initial Video TWIT in the new studio 🙂
    Chris

  4. Hi Leo,
    Welcome to Oz!
    Phoned SeaFM here in Hobart today only to discover you won’t be “live ” on-air locally and won’t be taking any local calls (at least on the SeaFM phone number). Can those of us in Hobart phone-in during the podcast? How?
    Cheers,
    Phred

  5. Damn Iam in Melbourne, would love to meet up. Hobart is a fantastic little city leo. You have to try a steak dinner at The old Ball and Chain in Hobart. and take a walk down through Battery point. oh and a drive up to Mt Wellington, It will prolly be snowing too!And the air is so clean down there too.
    And when you go off into the bush to shoot, you will probably feel like the only person for thousands of miles.
    Tis a nice place….
    Have Fun Rod…

  6. BTW in case you are looking for a phew photo ops between now and your safari next week:
    . Down the Tasman Peninsula on the way to Port Arthur there’s a side trip just after Eagle Hawk Neck to Devils Kitchen, BlowHole and Tasman Arch. At the end of that road there’s an easy hike (maybe 45min return) to Waterfall Bay. If its a sunny day some good photo ops.
    . On the way down to Port Arthur before Copping there’s a turn-off to Kellevie. Branching off Kellevie road is the “W” Road. (the Wyelangta Forest Road). That road takes you to the East coast. About half way along the W Road (10km’ish) is a shelter/BBQ area and just up the road about 100m is a short rain forest walk. Can be some really good close-up photo ops. Only issue is if it has been raining the W Road can be treacherous.
    Your minders will probably know of both places but thought it was worth mentioning.
    Cheers,
    Phred

  7. I’m a big fan of the upper deck as well. Did you get the new flat bed seats or the, ‘nearly flat,’ ones?
    The upper deck of those new double decker aircraft that Singapore Airlines has is also the way to go. Even in coach/economy.
    Welcome to Australia, Leo.

  8. Hey Blog reader! Yes, you reading the blog comments – no not the moderator – you with the pair of eyes reading this text right now – you need to click on the photo credit link (Mikkel Aaland) and navigate to his On Board QANTAS story – there you will see a very cute photo of a sleeping Leo. I wonder what he’s dreaming about?

  9. Hey, that’s not a good look Leo. Don’t you be walking the streets of Australia like that! 😉

  10. Hi Leo,
    WOOT! you’re in Australia that’s fantastic. I hope you have a wonderful time over here. Make sure you go to a pub and have a Carlton Draught on tap! it’s heaven in a glass.
    take care 🙂

  11. my hubby flies from Michigan to Shanghai and Seoul all the time and he doesn’t get jammies. He gets socks, earplugs and a mask. guess GM is buying him the wrong airline!

  12. I’ve only been in the bubble when it was the first class lounge of a few (US domestic) flights early in the 747’s career.

  13. Welcome to the land down under. Tasmania is certainly a beautiful (if cold) part to visit. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay.

  14. Very fetching PJs (I still have a pair myself!). It was good to catch up with you at the airport: it was good of you to take the time to do that.

  15. I saw Leo at the airport this morning around 11:00am. What a surprise. It was the domestic (T2) rather than International terminal. I tried to blurt out a greeting but was encumbered by a ticket in my mouth, fishing gear and a backpack: I’d just returned from a vacation. I doubt whether the gurgle was recognised. I am bitterly disappointed that I didn’t know of the “meetup”. Serves me right for going on vacation … in Tasmania!

  16. Hey Leo – forget chemical brewed beers like Fosters, Carlton Draft, VB, XXXX, etc. make sure sample some of the great micro-breweries while you’re in Tassie. Also sample James Squires range – excellent!

  17. Looks like a great flight. The foreign airlines really know how to treat their passengers.
    Have fun Leo in the land down under.

  18. Greetings from a Sydney TWIT…
    enjoy your trip to Tassie Leo. don’t make this your only trip to Oz.

  19. Leo, those PJ’s……. i can’t speak…. there….. OMG! LOL!Have an awsome time down under!
    We are going to miss you!

  20. Ha, nice hat Leo!
    Enjoy your time off, look forward to you getting back
    ~Pfkninenines

  21. For Phred: You could call into the radio show via Skype into the regular toll free U.S. number 888-8ASK-LEO, but I you’ll have to be on the paid version of Skype. Also, remember to get up very early, as the show begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Pacific Time.

  22. So, 11am Pacific Time Saturday and Sunday… that would be 4am AEST Sunday (2 hours after daylight saving time ends locally) and 4am AEST Monday in Tasmania.
    Right?

  23. I would have loved to have met you at SYD Starbucks – but can’t get away from work. Welcome to Australia, and have a great time.

  24. Batten down the hatches Leo. Hobart is 42 degrees south and you are about to witness first hand why they are called the roaring 40’s..

  25. The wind is kicking up quite a bit. I’m going to upload the video from our first day then I’ll head out for some foul weather shooting!

  26. Leo,I’m envious. I would love to go on a photo expedition especially one to Tasmania. Please post your photos including technical details. Besides the usual comments about the jammies provided by Qantas (very nice) for the “bubble” (I had that experience one time on a high school trip to Italy only because our school had the perfect number to fit the seats up top), I am curious about the photo itself and the fact that it was exposed at the same lighting level from front to back showing the whole upper cabin. The settings and equipment used by Mikkel Aaland on that shot would answer some questions that have perplexed my indoor photos for years. Enjoy the experience. I hope it rivals your Egypt trip in December.
    Kevin

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