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Airport Stories, Again

Airport Stories, Again - Tuesday night, picking up D from Sydney Airport. C is in the car with me. It's raining and I need new windshield wipers, so everything is a wet lit blur out of the glass. The time is about twenty minutes before ten, which is when D's flight arrives, and we are currently driving through twisting back streets and down roads lined with dark factories that belch an odour like freshly made popcorn.

"You know where you're going?" C says.

"D showed me this shortcut. Why you ask?"

"We just passed a sign pointing us to Canberra."

"...Fuck."



(It wasn't actually Canberra, but it's funnier if it is, because Canberra is in the opposite direction of Sydney Airport. I did get lost in those back streets, however, and I did once get so lost I ended up a road to Canberra, but I was coming out of Wollongong, which is, I might add, designed by the Devil as well.)

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woosang
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
LOL
Fantastic! Havent' we all had similar experiences :)
benpeek
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: LOL
i know i have ;)
simplykathryn
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
When I flew into Sydney in June, the plan was to catch a cab from there to my friend's house in Sylvania Waters. I'd checked the map websites & I had a pretty good idea of where it was - over the Taren Point Bridge (well, that's what I've always called it) and then turn at the next traffic light, blah, blah, blah. Our cab driver was Palestinian, but his english was fine, and I thought we'd come to an understanding of where we were going. So I was a little startled to see a Randwick sign flash by, which is when I said 'Um, where are we going?' and that was how I discovered that to him, apparently, there is only one bridge in all of Sydney and that is THE bridge and his impression was that Sylvania Waters was somewhere on the North Shore.

I still don't get why I had to pay for all that excessive mileage - maybe I'm just not pushy enough with cab drivers over their fees.
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