Hong Kong mileage run: departure

By now I was much more adept at navigating my way around the Sheung Wan and Central Stations, so finding my way back to the airport express train was a breeze. I had a little cash left over from my ATM withdrawl budget, so I headed upstairs to the macaron place to see if they had the cheese one available. Success!

The train arrived a minute after I went back to the station and the trip to the airport was uneventful. I checked in easily, cleared customs and made my way to The Wing Business class lounge to hang out before my flight.

The food on AA was awful on the way to Hong Kong so I decided to fill up on Dan Dan noodles and a steamed pork bun at the Noodle Bar before boarding. With champagne of course. I had my own little pod with a plug for charging my electronics which was great.

my little pod while waiting for my flight  dan dan noodles and steamed pork bun @ The Wing

Per usual, the boarding process was more hectic than it needed to be. I was near the front of the Business / Priority / Platinum / etc. line but there were people in Group 2 trying to board through the first class line ahead of us and no overhead announcements just added to the confusion. There was a mandatory bag search at the end of the jetbridge – presumably looking for larger liquids. I cleared that quickly and made my way to my window (again! yeah!) seat in Main Cabin Extra.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the flight back would take about 2/3 of the time of the flight there. I managed to sleep a bit and watch movies for the rest of the time. The two guys next to me never got up to stretch or use the restroom so I had to be “that person” twice to relieve myself and change back into my normal travel clothes.

Thanks to Global Entry, clearing immigration in the US was a breeze. DFW has several kiosks but many were out of order and there were apparently a lot of folks on my flight with GE so I had to wait a few minutes until a machine was free. After that, I sailed through PreCheck and made my way from Terminal D to Terminal A for my connecting flight.

The Hong Kong flight arrived about 90 minutes early, so I decided to try my luck with the earlier flight into Raleigh. The woman at the lounge was helpful — and thankfully there was space for me — so I arrived home about two hours earlier than scheduled! :)

Hong Kong mileage run: day 2

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I didn't sleep well the night before, so I awoke early and made myself a list of things to do before I headed out tomorrow afternoon. 1. Buy French macarons I had researched a famous place before I left but upon arrival, I found a few different … [Continue reading]

Hong Kong mileage run: day 1

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Saturday I woke up early after a restful night's sleep and got some computer work done after breakfast and before heading out to two different gardens. Hong Kong Park — This is a lovely greenspace with lots of flowers, turtles sunning themselves … [Continue reading]

Hong Kong mileage run: arrival

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Technically this trip started on Wednesday evening as I flew to Dallas and spent the night before continuing on to Hong Kong on Thursday morning. I am glad I did this because the middle seat was open next to me due to a lady who missed her connection … [Continue reading]

Belgium 2014: Daytrip to Ghent

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Belgian Rail had a Christmas rate for 11 euros (round trip) that applied for some weekends and the days leading up to Christmas, so a day trip to Ghent was definitely in order. As with our previous trip we took the tram into town (this time to … [Continue reading]

Belgium 2014: Fun in Brussels

Sunday After our night in Antwerp we took the train back to Brussels and met up with our friends Andrew and Kristin (on their honeymoon) and Jeremy and Tracey (who recently moved to Amsterdam). The weather was fairly cold and damp, so we camped out … [Continue reading]

Belgium 2014: Antwerp and the OBER Christmas beer festival in Essen

We learned about the O.B.E.R. Christmas Beer festival several years ago, and ended up building our Euro-Asia trip around attending.  The festival features ~200 winter beers, many of which are rare and some of which are unique to the festival. … [Continue reading]