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EssayA bout of lag
When we arrive at our destination and meet with people, the question is always asked "What do you want to do?" Immediately, my type A kicks in and I ramble off all the categories of things we want to accomplish, beginning with language, culture, humanitarian efforts, etc. But after a moment I feel sheepish, as though I am justifying my endeavor with a busy-bee list of things. How do you explain ... View Essay »
One very cool thing our flight did have was a camera in front of the rear landing gear. We were able to watch takeoff and landing - which was more akin to alien spacecraft than commercial airline. Once the plane was airborne, we watched the puffy white clouds float by and slowly turn to thick night sky. It was very, very cool.
Our Cathay 777 flight had a surprising number of creature comforts and edible foods for economy. There were many bad movies (and some excellent TV channels) and they even had a little doodad to accommodate a hanger. But the seats, man-oh-man. Yes, airlines and modern airplanes are trying to shave off every centimeter of space to make more money. But really, how is a seat whose bottom moves forward and crushes your knees into the person in front of you any replacement to a reclining back? Screw lumbar support, let's just engineer humans with no lumbar spine. Ya?
The airport at Koh Samui reminded us a little of Center Camp. But it was lacking in dirty hippies and came equipped with free coffee and cookies and water. Thailand was signaling to us, "Hey tourist, thanks for spending money in our country. Have a cookie." They even had a Disneyfied open air street with shops selling upscale clothing.
This is the first completely tourism-run airport we've been through. We were able to check our bags all the way though to NY (even though it was a different airline). We were also able to go through exit immigration for Thailand even though we had a layover in Bangkok. So that eased the pain with 30 hours of travel.
After a week of beautiful, delicious, crazy Hong Kong (many thanks to the Kamatanis, Sus and Ips), we left this morning for Thailand, where we expect to spend a month in some beachy, non-touristy, sleepy place. Our plan is to document our time in South America and plan our travels in Asia.
We spent most of our transit time today waiting in this seemingly short line at immigration in Bangkok. Who knows why it took so long, maybe it was all the tourists we thought were in Cusco, but we finally made it out with 60 day entry stamps. Woohoo!
More to come as we go through our backlog of posts…
We're starting to plan our next steps, and are looking for dynamic ways to search for cheap travel. While not exactly dynamic or comprehensive enough, this Kayak feature is interesting to play with. It allows you to explore flight prices others have found on Kayak starting from a fixed place and allowing you to select a given time. Enjoy!
Apparently if you are trying to buy flights on Gol with a US-based MasterCard, it only requires the card number. Name, security code, etc? Nah. It doesn't matter though, since the card was declined due to known issues they are having with international cards.