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  1. Jess

    LOVE THIS! Welcome to the States! We can always use some sparkles and glitter a-la Hannah. 🙂

  2. whisperinggums

    Great inspired post Hannah … must be genetic. My fingers didn’t worky worky either but they didn’t take me away – that was in 2008 which was early in their fingerprinting policy. What is it about our fingers? Means, though, we can probably get up to all sorts of mischief. If the US didn’t have this policy we’d never know!

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Welcome to America!!!

    You got hooked up with good airplane food- lucky duck! And I love your description of the Koko chocolate – scent = fear. LOL!

  4. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I AM SO EXCITED 🙂 I love the look of your hotel room too – much nicer than the YMCA single room I stayed in back in 2008, which was equally small but far less clean and had no ensuite (but was cheap, and a single room, so I shouldn’t complain really).

    Your plane flight also sounds much nicer than my long ones usually are (the worst was when I nearly fainted at the half way mark between Sydney and San Francisco…still don’t know why), but your fingerprint stress on arrival sounds horrible. America is not the place to have not worky worky fingers! I hope they behave from now on and your first few days in NYC make up for the arrival challenges!

  5. Louise

    Lovely post Hannah. Enjoy your jet lag….. I must say that I’m impressed with how edible the Qantas vegan meals look. I often get vegetarian meals on long haul flights, but they’ve not been that good. And how very brave of you to eat some more 100% chocolate. I tried that Dagoba one, and remain traumatised, and have put 100% in the never again bucket. I’m looking forward to your Gallivant posts, how long is this Gallivant anticipated to last?

  6. whisperinggums

    PS Your Pod room reminds me of tiny hotel rooms in Japan. I guess that’s big cities for you!

  7. whisperinggums

    Oh, and another PS, I think Qantas meals (as against their snacks) aren’t too bad considering. Neil Perry’s influence?

  8. Libby

    Oh, man! This post fills me with great excitement! I can’t wait until it’s my turn to fly to America (assuming my application for a semester in Rutgers gets approved, that is). Where did/are you staying in NY?

    And good food on a Qantas flight?!? THAT SH*T CRAY!

    1. Libby

      Also, did you have to sit through that lame and cheesy Olympic safety video?

  9. Gary

    Great post Hannah. Glad you made it safely. I love the descriptions.

  10. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    yay yay yay!!! glad to hear you arrived safely!

  11. Lou

    Wheeeeeee! So so exciting. I love ordering the vegan meal on flights…. it ALWAYS comes out first, tee hee.

  12. Catherine

    Glad to hear you arrived safely! And I’m taking note for the future that vegan airline food is the way to go…

  13. leaf (the indolent cook)

    NEW YORK! Awesomeness. I am glad too that the plane food actually looks pretty decent. And that you had chocolate to keep you in good company.

  14. Margaret

    You really have spoiled us with such a glorious, long and detailed post so soon after arriving! I loved reading the details and seeing your photos. 🙂
    3 plane trips – such a long journey!

  15. Gabby

    Love this so much Hannah! I’m so glad you got there safely! I’m also way pumped for you and your adventures!! I’m so glad you will be updating us through your blog 🙂

  16. Iron Chef Shellie

    LOL!! How hilarious your fingers didn’t worky worky 😛

    Love it! Hope you’ve over come the jet lag x

  17. Gena

    Welcome to the greatest city on earth, Hannah 🙂 So sorry I wasn’t there longer for Blogher! Stupid exams.

  18. Lexi

    Ah! Been thinking of your lots. Be out and having fun.xx

    1. Lexi

      You, even. Clearly, I can’t even handle the excitement of Saturday night at home with Q.

  19. veganlisa

    Epic start to what is destined to be a great adventure.


  20. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    Hahaha, you had a good flight. And I love that the vegan meal is served first. Plus all this good man that helped you, hahaha. It’s sweet. Have lots of fun!

  21. Johanna GGG

    glorious funny happy post – yay for Hannah’s travel posts! I love your mini reviews – how you can fit so much in with so few words! I worried at your fingerprints but was amazed that anyone in customs might be nice in USA – I tried joking with them once and they did not have a sense of humour – maybe it was too close to 9/11

  22. Emma

    I didn’t know that fingerprints were a customs thing. Why do they need fingerprints? Isn’t your face nice and pretty enough? YES!

    I loved the meals I had on Air France almost as much as I loved watching a man a few seats over consume like a dozen small bottles of something alcoholically toxic. Every time the stewardess passed by, he ordered another one. Boozer. But really, the food was delicious. Your meals look pretty good too.

    How did those compression socks work out for you?

  23. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Yay! Hannah is at least on this side of the world yet still so far away sadface!

    I cracked up at least 4 times reading this. I like your broom closet lodgings, and your gelato dinner.

  24. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    OMG you’re so going to laugh but I wrote a really similar post to this! I want to send it to you so that you can have a chuckle over it but I know you’re going to be busy with New York! I mean it’s NEW YORK!!!

  25. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I remember being shocked on my way to/from Europe at how delish the vegan airplane meals were!


  26. Fiona

    LOVE the secial meals 🙂 ANd Rowie’s cakes

  27. Ricki

    Loved this post! So many great details already–the adventure has begun! And I love the hotel room, too: compact, but with everything you need–just like this post. 😉 Have a blast! xo

  28. Hotly Spiced

    Oh, heel click! I can’t believe you’re there already. Wasn’t it just a few posts ago and you were in that 24/7 job??? You didn’t mention if there were tears at the airport. Perhaps there wasn’t time? I can never sleep before an early flight. Just so paranoid I’ll sleep through my alarm. I’ve heard that if you order different food (Kosher, Vegan, Nut-Free etc) you always get served first and you always get the better meal. I’ll remember that for my trip to NYC! Your room is tiny but you have an ensuite and you have it all to yourself. Enjoy your adventures. Very envious xx

  29. Choc Chip Uru

    What a trip my friend, even though I’m still in Australia, welcome to the US 😀
    Seems like you went through a million flights but u guess that’s what they feel like 😉
    Already tried some gelato ay? I look SO forward to reading of your exploits and awesome times 😀
    Also don’t feel sorry for the youth of today, we didn’t like monte carlo either – lame! 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. hungryandfrozen

    Oh you! Glad you got there in the end. Despite the fingerprint-no-show-horrors, you do make it sound remarkably straightforward.

    Also, glad to welcome another person into the International Sister-Brotherhood of Those Who Pack At The Last Minute For Significant Travels.

  31. Ali

    Great post! Travelling is stressful at times….but you made it!!! To New York!!!! It’s a fabulous city…have a great time!!!

  32. Ames

    Love it, Hannah! Have a fab time in NY :D. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures… seems like it’s gotten off to a great start :).

  33. msihua

    Oh I love you Angle Babe! You take good care of yourself and if you feel a lil homesick, there’s always Disney and UTUBE!!! And and and.. me! And trees? Were you drunk on the plane missy?

  34. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    OMG!~ I’m so happy for ya Sugar Twin – welcome to NYC – the city of dreams…..and cheesecake. Your journey officially begins. I still remember our discussions around our love for all things NYC/USA and it;s like all that talk manifested into your reality! Things happen for a reason.

    Oh and all this plane food is makin me want to take a holiday

  35. Winston

    You made it!!! I swear even the journey to get there sounds like an adventure in itself. That room looks perfectly cosy to me. I take cleanliness over size any day. How are you still so energetic after all that. But then again, if I ever were to travel to NY, I think I’d be the same too ;p

  36. Debi

    So happy you made it okay, even with the no worky worky fingers!

  37. Heather @ Sweetly Raw

    Glad to see you made it – with a good supply of chocolate along the way. Always important! What hotel are you at? The room is pint sized!!! lol

  38. CheezyK

    SQEEEEEEEE!!!! (seriously, it’s Monday morning here, you’re not going to get any better than that out of me … :D)

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  40. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I should know better than to read your posts while I eat lunch, they always make me want to eat chocolate! So glad you have arrived in New York and are having a good time already.

  41. Karly

    Love it! 🙂

  42. hannah

    Long time since I’ve commented but still reading! LOVE that that choc is best before april 2012, no such thing as best before when it comes to choccie have a greta hol! 😉 xxxx

  43. Sig

    Oh awesome – I judge mightily on the quality of the airplane meal and these looked yum. So well done 😀

    Despite the jet lag, you are in NY baby! And love the chocolate sprinkled in between the travels. I don’t like scary airport men. NEW YORK!!!

  44. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Such a great list! 😀 I’m happy you had a good trip to NYC. Sorry if I missed it, but do you have some plans? Like, how long you’re going to stay and where, whether you’ll look for a job etc? Or will you just be floating around to where life carries you?

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  46. Catherine

    Wow I never remember to order vegan on flights! I am so old school! Glad yr trip went well and yr room looks sweet xxcat

  47. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    love this post. I was surprised with some of my plane meals too. Others were crappola though, let’s be honest. Oh & I watched Monte Carlo a few months ago….I felt like my brain needed a shower afterwards. love travel posts, they make me happy. Home for 1 week & already I’m ready to go again!
    Heidi xo

  48. Ashley

    Adventure time! Why aren’t my flights as entertaining?! Also the food does look surprisingly delish!

  49. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Awwww! Love this! I’ve been back in the States for two weeks, so I’m just catching up on your blog. The flight back and forth can be HARD, but I’m thrilled that you found ways to make it work. I always bring ALL my own food on a plane and never eat any of the airline stuff. I love this for two reasons. One- I get to pick lots of yummy things to eat on the flight and everyone with their mushy-pasta-and-chicken-of-dubious-origin is jealous of me. Two- I don’t have to sit there with my tray table down, feeling totally penned into my seat until the flight attendent comes to take away my dinner tray. I HATE how long they leave the trays out. Anyway… welcome to America! Have a joyous journey!