WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE DARK BROWN A1?
In October 20, around 2 pm, we were leaving Soekarno Hatta International Airport for our next journey to Sydney, a city where Australia – Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017 was held. It was such a relief after spending for a week of pre departure training of AIYEP 2017 in Jakarta. Along the trip, we have become an eye cached at both Soekarno Hatta airport and Sydney airport, on board of A330-200 (QF 42) as well. No, not at all. The story is about to begin. We have three uniqueness experiences making us being looked at. 6 hr and 35 mins passed, we saw from aircraft windows the scenery of Australia land, but it was a little bit cloudy. Plane landed safely at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, 8 km away from south of Sydney city centre As soon as we arrived, it was quite funny. Others passengers which landing in the same time were wondering of our formal costume. Well, it was an awkward moment as well, since we did not know what made people pay attention at us. While we were queueing for immigration, the staff asked us to queue in special immigration line, it was for air crews. She said, “This line is for passengers only and your line is over there.” Could you imagine how it feels? Of course it was funny because we were not flight attendants at all. It did not stop at immigration check point, but we were welcomed by some flight attendants along with their questions, “We’ve never seen you before, to whom (airlines) you belong to?” Again, we explained them that we are not belonging to any airlines as we are not flight attendants. As we arrived and proceeded to the waiting room at Soekarno Hatta airport, we saw a guy whose face is well-known all over Indonesia due to his outstanding program broadcasted on Metro Tv “Kick Andy!”, Andy F Noya. He came to us and had a little chit chat. We told him that we were leaving for Sydney for joining a youth exchange program. He showed an exciting feeling with smile and spirit shared along with his supportive words. Before he left us, we got a chance to took a picture along with 18 fellow participants. We had other people looked and smiled happily at us. I am sure, they might think these 18 fellows participants were in a team with Andy, or might be other thoughts too. After all, Qantas flown us to Sydney taking around 6 hr and 35 mins. On board, flight crew also wondered us as we dressed up neatly with uniform. I heard that one of them are questioning about us. We explained that we were in a mission for a program called AIYEP (Australia – Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) for 2 months in New South Wales and Canberra. Even, not only the stewardess who were wondering us at the same time, but also some passengers. After a little warm ‘interview’ which we loved, we were served with some meals for our dinner on board and followed by some rest. After some immigration procedures, we were welcomed by AFS Australia member at the gate. AFS Australia is the project coordinator under Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia. Elly, Kik, and Eloise (AFS committee) have been waiting for us. Then, we left for train station at airport terminal to Central station. Another unique story we got at Central station. A crew who work at the exit gate came to us and asked the same question as we had before. We told him lovely about our program. Right after that, we continued our way to the hostel, YHA Sydney Central for one week orientation organised by AFS Australia. What a day!