This staircase rose to a private bar with red leather upholstered bench seats for about a dozen (each with lap seat belt). The room is shared with the adjacent business passengers. The stairs at the rear of the A380 consist of a gated half spiral curve in the economy section. Despite numerous ‘treks’ around the plane to ward off clots, I only once saw anybody using the lounge. My fellow insomniac turned out to be a delightful second year resident doctor from Brisbane on his way to snow-boarding in Whistler, Canada. We chatted urology while the rest of the plane was seemingly under an anaesthetic. As we spoke, an attendant came in unobtrusively and asked if we would like some food or drink. A Valium might have been more to the point.
Qantas first class lounge at Mascot Airport – large and classy!
On the way back from the shoe store I went past the World Trade Center site where two buildings are going up apace (and third has also started). The Freedom Tower is truly magnificent and its companion on the diagonal corner (SE?) is also pretty smart looking. Both are nearing completion and one might be over 100 stories. I still personally still have problems with high rise of this size and their inefficiencies and lack of green credentials.
Subway platform showing Chinese fiddle player with his music stand in centre.