3 First Class Tickets Home Please
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
43Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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The snakes were acquired in Bangkok and they've caused quite the commotion
We're all a little bit sad today because our trip coming to an end. It's been the trip of a lifetime. This morning I woke up at roughly 10:30 after my early morning conference call this morning with Australia and the US. Mickell was the first one up and he slowly opened the curtains to make the wake-up as painless as possible. We had to get up though because we had to get to the airport and there was no way we were going to miss our flight home! It was such an
easy morning because we just had the one bag and the backpacks to contend with. We did have a missing shoe (Major's) that held us up for roughly five minutes, but after that we said goodbye to our favorite regular hotel (non beach resort). The bed, the room quality, the service, the luxurious decoration, and the perfect location on the Bund make this hotel hard to beat at any price.
After I checked out (790 Yuan for the night), we asked the bellman to get us a cab to the Maglev train
Our first order of business was going to terminal 1 to claim the rest of our bags from storage. That went off without a hitch and we made way with our carts over to terminal 2. It took about 15 minutes and after we arrived in T2 we found that American Airlines check in was right in front of us. We had to do some last minute switches to get our toiletries out of the carryon bags and into the checked baggage. It wasso nice knowing that we didn't have to worry about the weight since we were in First Class
We made our way through security and immigration and then spent some time in the First Class Lounge before doing some last minute shopping before boarding the plane. The plan leaves at 4:10pm and we expect to board at roughly 3:20. Mickell wantedto look for some t-shirts and I wanted to buy a bluetooth keyboard that I could use with my iPad during the plane trip since my laptop turned into a brick last night. I found one, but it was 990 Yuan. I went ahead and bought it because I just can't imagine being on the 15 hour flight without being able to get some notes written.
We boarded the plane right on time and took off without incident. As I sit here now, I'm watching The Hunger Games. We just finished dinner. Major came over and dined at my pod which is right next to Mickell. We toasted to our successful trip and enjoyed the meal. Major had Sweet & Sour Pork with white rice. I had the beef noodles and Mickell hadthe filet mignon with mushrooms. As I mentioned, I had a banana tart for desert and Major had the sundae. They've handed out pajamas and asked us to ring for assistance when we'd like for them to come turn ourpods into beds.
There's an Asian family on the plane as well and the three kids are sitting up here in first class while the two parents are sitting in business class in the next cabin back. It was funny because the mom came to check on the kids and they asked her to return to her cabin. Mickell and I just laughed. I've been threateningMickell all week that we're putting him back in coach. It's a joke, of course, but Major got very concerned and he told me last night that he'd really like me to consider putting Papa in Business Class
We've just run into darkness after seeing the most lovely sunset on the horizon. It's roughly 4am in Texas and we're getting ready to rest a bit and will soon sleep.
This has been the most pleasant plane trip I've ever taken. The freedom of movement in this cabin makes all the difference. I just switched places with Major because he was ready to have his pod transformed into bed except he wanted to move to my spot since the window seat he has sits a little back from mine and Mickell's seats and he says he wants to be able to see one of us while he sleeps. So, we put the mattress pad down and put the blankets on and he's now laying on his bed watching an episode of Big Bang Theory while trying to go to sleep. I'm sitting over in his seat finishing up some of these blog entries and half-way watching a movie. Major has 3 windows at his seat and the chair swivels such that you have a work desk that faces directly out the three windows. I don't want to sleep because this seat is just too perfect. I can see a little bit of light starting to show through
The flight attendants up here are taking great care of Major. Both first class attendants have mae a point to stop and tell me how well behaved he is and noting how I keep him in-line. He has done an amazing job on this trip. Major can tell you the currency of the 4 countries wev'e been in. He can tell you every city that we went to on our trip, in order. He's going to do very, very well in geography, that's for sure. One of the business class attendants who was helping out up here stopped and asked me if Major is really reading the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books. Major, at the time, was just patiently sitting in his seat reading away. She too was so impressed. I told her really does read them and I still don't know how he learned to read so fast, so well. I guess being read to every night before bed for the first 5 years of his life ultimately paid off. I can't believe he's about to be 7!
Before we boarded the flight he saw some panda bear house shoes that he wanted real bad. Mickell went back to get them for his birthday and it was all I could do to get him not to spend the remaining Yuan he had left to buy them. Ultimately I convinced him. It was so funny because Mickell, who is usually so secretive about making sure that a gift is a surprise, got discovered and Major called him out on the plane saying I saw the shoes you got. He wanted to wear them on the flight. So, he's laying in his pod with all of his stuffed animals neatly arranged, with all 4 of his books on the table, watching a movie with his panda house shoes on. What a sight!