11/29/09 – 12/1/09
Upon our arrival to the Kathmandu airport (around 7:59pm, 11/29)
An attendant kindly escorted us to the Dragonair check-in counter, where we were immediately greeted by another, not-as-friendly attendant. “Counter not open! Go wait over there!” He motioned to seats just outside the roped area, about thirty feet away. We politely followed his instructions, but before we could even sit down everyone who had followed us to the check-in quickly swarmed the counter. Apparently we had arrived ten seconds to early.
Shortly thereafter, while waiting in line to check-in (8:05pm, 11/29)
Instead of at the front, we were now in the middle of the long line, reviewing the two-letter Scrabble words when all of a sudden something bumped up against my leg. It was an airport cart being pushed by a plump middle-aged Nepalese lady. I looked at her and she looked back a bit sheepishly, so I figured it was just a mistake.
Two seconds later, another bump, this one a bit harder. She had backed up and gone at it with more force! Then another bump, and another. I finally figured out what was going on – she was the terrible parallel parker trying to squeeze into a spot that’s too small so she keeps denting the fenders of the cars already parked. Only she didn’t have a car, she had an airport cart and was trying to cut into the long line. A few more thumps, and her cart was finally rotated how she wanted it, still pressed against my leg. I was the shy (all-star) quarterback of the visiting team, and didn’t want to ruffle any feathers of the home fans so I just kept my mouth shut.
In flight to Hong Kong (sometime between 2:45am and 3:30am Hong Kong time, 11/30)
Zhou and I were both quietly sleeping as we usually are at that time of night, when a voice abruptly awoke us. “Chicken curry wrap or potato roll?” No matter the time, you obviously never pass up free food (it’s bad karma), but this turned out to be only the beginning.
A couple of hours later (nearing 5am, 11/30)
Zhou’s potato roll was long gone, but my wrap remained comfortably in the seat pocket in front of me. I had put it there when I got it and fallen right back asleep. Once I groggily thought I saw a stewardess take the wrap from the seat pocket, but that might have just been a really bad dream.
We were again awoken by a familiar voice, this time for the dinner service. At 5am! This did not sit well with me, as all I wanted to do was sleep. I angrily ordered the chicken with rice, which happened to be accompanied by fruit, a biscuit, apple juice and a Kit Kat bar. Give me a break! This time I decided enough was enough, and I angrily scarfed down the meal, trading the fruit for Zhou’s biscuit and most of her entree. I finished by getting rid of the previously served chicken curry roll (into my stomach) and then turned down the free wine, coffee and English tea offered to us a total of seven times. I unhappily fell back asleep in order to digest the food properly.
In flight to Singapore (11:45am, 11/30)
I have to pee and the guy next to me in the aisle seat took exactly one second to fall asleep after the plane took off. I’m distracting myself with thoughts of me not peeing.
Arriving at Changi Airport in Singapore (3:30pm, 11/30)
After spending a month in Nepal, upon seeing the Singapore airport we found out what Charlie must have felt like when Willy Wonka opened the gates to his factory. Expensive stores and Burger Kings line the Travellator-infested hallways. Butterfly and fern gardens are interspersed between HDTV viewing lounges and Rock Band jam stations. There are even two spots where you can get peanut thick toast for just over $1. Yes, you can get copious amounts of real peanut butter spread over Texas toast and then cut into nine pieces. How do I know?
Despite the impending night of sleeping on a couch if we’re lucky, we’re looking forward to our time here.
Waking up the following morning (7:38am, 12/1)
It wasn’t easy falling asleep last night in the crowded terminal, therefore we overslept our alarm, therefore we were too late to book the free Singapore city tour, therefore we’ll have to spend all morning in this Paradise on the Tarmac. Nuts.
Sitting down after finishing our airport exploration (9:45am, 12/1)
They’re showing American football on TV here! Unfortunately it’s not the live Monday night Saints – Patriots game that I was hoping for, but it’s still football! USC – UCLA, from two nights ago, but I don’t know who won so count me in!
Ending our travel until next week (6:30pm, 12/1)
It’s been 44 hours and 15 minutes since we departed Kathmandu, but exhausted, disheveled, dirty and discombobulated, we’re finally here in Taiwan. There’s our friend Tina to pick us up!
Thought of the Day: Usually stomach problems are no fun, but I’m crossing my fingers that I get them in Japan so I can use the bedets more often.
Picture of the Day: Zhou said she’s heard of these before, but I haven’t and they blew my mind – a place to charge things for free! The Singapore airport has it all.