Tuesday 8th - Wednesday 9th
The group departed Coonamble at 6.30am with Dubbo airport in our minds. When reaching the airport we waited awhile for our baggage to arrive so we could check in. most of the group had a bite to eat while waiting for our REX flight in anticipation. The group boarded the plane and in less then a couple of minutes we were taking pictures of towns below. This was the first plane flight for four of the students.
When landing in Sydney the group made their way to the International airport where we booked our baggage through to Vienna, received our boarding passes, exchanges of Aussie dollar to Euros began and had a security screening. In the airport the group looked through the duty free shops and had another lite bite to eat before boarding the Boeing 747 Singapore airline flight.
Whilst in the air travelling across central and northern Australia the group were provided with entertainment in the back of the head rests which enabled us to watch TV, movies, listen to music and play games. We were also treated to three dodgy airline meals. Eight and a half hours later we arrived. When landing in Singapore the group sat around and checked ourselves in for the flight going to Frankfurt. We looked around the airport then boarded the plane once again.
We boarded the Singapore airline again and revved ourselves up for the almost thirteen hour flight to Frankfurt. More dodgy meals down and a couple of naps and movies down we arrived at Frankfurt airport at 6.30am.
After much dilemma the group passed through customs and received our boarding passes, and sooner than we knew it we were flying yet again for another hour to Vienna with Austrian airline. Relaxation started to settle in amongst a couple of people when we realised this was the last of flying we had to do. After arriving in Vienna and stepping off the plane the group picked up our baggage and went and sat down and had another bite.
We travelled by train to Westbahnhof and from there we walked to our hotel Pension Kaffeemuhle (coffee grinder). After freshening up with showers and clean clothes the group were off site seeing. We went and saw the Burgtheater which has magnificent staircases with frescos by Gustav and Ernst Klimt and was built in 1874-1888, Town Hall which was built in the neo-gothic style in 1872-1883 and perched 93.7m tower is the Rathausmann which is a symbol of Vienna. We also saw the Parliament House which is built in Greek style in 1874-1883 and in front of the building, Pallas Athene, the Greek goddess of wisdom, the Plague Column in the Graben which was built in 1682-1693 and was dedicated to the Holy Trinity, St Peters Church and St Stephens Cathedral which is a symbol of Vienna in the heart of the historic inner city and Kärntner Strasse which is a shopping street of supreme elegance.