I should’ve realised before, but I never did until now – when flying from Sydney, Australia, to Johannesberg, South Africa, the quickest way there is under the bottom of the world and back up the other side again.
Which is why, part way into the flight, the steward told those of us who were awake to look out the left window – we were passing over the South Pole, and it was mainly clear skies, no clouds obstructing the view (except this one!)
Actually I think he was exaggerating when he said “South Pole” but it was definitely the edge of Antartica – I checked on the Flight Path screen. His credibility was shot when he tried to point out the polar bear for us
Top of my travel wish list is to go to Antarctica, so even getting a view of it from on high was a fantastic bonus, I was so excited I had to have a champagne.