Whoo! What a ride. I’ve been back from Tokyo for almost 3 weeks, and I’m just getting around to writing this. It’s been pretty crazy with final exams, trying to catch up with my job, and recovering from an AWESOME trip. I don’t even know where to start… I guess, the airline? How many people actually talk about that? haha
We flew with Air China. They were a great company. The food was actually not terrible and they had these cool in-seat TVs that had interactive maps, which I thought was really fascinating. The flight attendants were really sweet, and I actually managed to sleep comfortably for about 15 hours.
Ok. I know I’m talking about stuff y’all don’t want to read, but seriously, I want to go over some stuff about Beijing Airport.
What a crazy ass airport. First, it is HUGE. I haven’t been to very many places, but holy crap. Also, they are crazy. Our first flight landed close to 3 am, and it wasn’t very busy. I used the cool floor toilets. It was…interesting to say the least. During the security clearance there were security guards yelling everywhere in Chinese and it was kinda of cold. No biggie. Everything was smooth.
The second time, however, oh my. We had a 3 hour layover, and spent 2 and a half hours waiting in line. They don’t have full body scanners like they do in Austin, so we spent so much time waiting to be frisked (including toddlers) and having security check us with a wand. It was kind of uncomfortable. Actually a lot uncomfortable. Hands over shirt makes sense, but hands under? Really?
My “favorite” part about Air China was the fact that they trash your water bottles before clearing security (duh), but they also trash you water before getting on the plane! That’s right. Right before we got on the plane, there were 4 security guards at 2 tables taking all forms of liquids and trashing them. So thanks China for letting me spend 10 dollars on water just to have you toss it.
Ok. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. TOKYO!!! This was one of the best life experiences I’ve ever had. The food was amazing, the toys were everywhere, the lights were bright, and everything was clean. For a place that hardly has trashcans on the street, there was little liter anywhere. It was awesome.
Stay tuned for Part Deux when I go into detail about each district!