Planes, Trains and uncomfortable pillows.
05.11.2009 - 05.11.2009
Jetstar were obviously short on people to fill starclass, so on the sunday before the trip we got a call offering a cheap upgrade which we duly accepted.
The airport check in was certainly fun, my first ever random bomb residue search test.Thankfully it didn't involve a rubber glove.
A highlight of the upgrade to starclass was getting to chill in qantas lounge before our flight, including the deliciously fresh pancakes. Apart from that I would only rate starclass as a lower end premium. The premium economy we took to europe was vastly superior to jetclass starclass. Still it was better than economy and the included drinks, food and video on demand was stll nice.
Overall the flight was actually quite painless. We alternated between reading and watching movies. Funnily enough i brought along a netbook filled with 150gig of movies/tv shows and didn't watch any of them. The video on demand that came with starclass, the excellent tiger woods golf on the iphone and a good book were sufficient to keep me entertained for the duration of the flight.
Upon landing we went straight to the japan rail desk to book our narita express ticket which left in 10 mins. There was a bit of panic as we didn't know how long it would take us to get to the platform so we rushed and cursed each other for being slow or alternatively being too fast! In the end we made it with plenty of time to spare.
Narita express took around 53 mins, which was just enough time for vanessa and I to watch the first episode of season 4 Dexter. (bit meh if you are wondering)
Upon reaching Tokyo station we changed trains for Hamamatsucho station. I punched our hotel into google maps and it tried to take us the total wrong way. So i repunched it in with more details and it finally put us on the right track. So backpacks on we began the short walk to the hotel. Only after exiting the station we got slightly disoriented and took a right when we were supposed to go straight resulting in our trip taking a full block detour.
Back on track we kept our eye on the iphone for the directions to get us there and bam, all that tiger woods golf came back to bite me in the ass with the phone shutting down, flat battery :D. Luckily it died right beside a massive map which included our hotel and a "You are here" red dot. Brilliant. Hotel found.
The Hotel Villa Fontaine, while being tiny, was very clean and comfortable. The only issue was the pillow was as bad a pillow as I have ever used. Felt like a bag of rice! Sheol's theory of it being made of buckwheat is sounding about right!