Saturday, November 29, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Well after more than 24 hours of travel I made it back to Raleigh at 11pm Friday night.

My flight out of Seoul went smooth, it was about 12 hours to LAX, which I was awake for about 10 hours. Luckily, I had the window seat and the two seats next to mine were open so I got to lay down for a good majority of the flight.

The benefit to international flights are the selection of movies, which on the two Seoul legs I probably watched nine movies. The best movie on my return flight I watched was "The Promotion," with Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly, absolutely hilarious.

Once I got to LAX I had a four hour layover, which by the time I made it through immigration and re-checked my luggage I had about three hours left until departure. In hindsight, a four hour layover is nothing compared to a 12 hour flight.

After checking my luggage I made my way to the currency exchange to convert my remaining baht to dollars and then I was off to find the Crowne Room. For those who do not know the Crowne Room is Delta's lounge which you need to be a member to use, basically it is a lounge where you can get snacks, drinks and relax while you wait for your next flight. To use the lounge you pay an annual fee, which makes a lot of sense for people who do a lot of business travel. Did I mention I am not a member, however I have a gift for gab.

The reason why I went to the Crowne Room is because they have a shower and I felt disgusting after my flight. I talked to the lady at the desk and I explained that I just got done with about 18 hours of travel and I would like to use the shower, but I was not a member. She said there may be a way I can use it and looked at my ticket, but there was nothing she could do and I would have to pay which would be $30. At that point I did not care and got my wallet out, she must have felt sorry for me and said she would make an exception. I think that was the best shower I have ever taken.

Once I was refreshed I went to get something to drink and made my way to the gate. My flight departed on time and I was off to Salt Lake City. Once I arrived I had about another hour and then boarded the same plane for my final leg to Raleigh.

My flight to Raleigh was smooth and I slept almost the entire flight.

Once I got home I ended up unpacking and finally went to bed around 4am. I managed to get six hours of sleep and then showered and went to run errands and start my laundry.

So for the remainder of the day I am going to watch the Tide, relax and enjoy a couple adult beverages.

Roll Tide.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Glad you're back, and now you need to start thinking about your next trip. One word: Lalibela.