Just arrived in Rome after the long flights and interchanges. Overall the trip was hassle free and my greatest concerns of boredom were not realised. I slept like a (big) baby for most of the Melb-Hong Kong flight. Big thanks to Ben for excellent seat advice. After the major shit fit I had during check with Qantas. I was sure that I was destined for the cargo hold. Does someone else need to inform them that ground crew are clerks but with better tailored uniforms? Their attitude can be directed elsewhere I am sure. Anyway it was a very cathartic experience. I haven't lost my cool like that in public for a while……. well not this week anyway.
After yelling at Qantas I received some 'reverse karma' and got upgraded all the way to London. Yes Ben, I can see what the big deal is all about, but it has ruined me for the rest of my 'cattle class' existence!