FEB 22, 19 .. PATTI AND I ARE SAFELY BACK ‘HOME’ IN IRKUTSK RUSSIAN SIBERIA

Let’s begin here with the real news.

PATTI AND I ARE SAFELY BACK ‘HOME’ IN IRKUTSK RUSSIAN SIBERIA

Sergey met us at the airport.

And Sergey drove us home in his van.

Oh My What A Day it has been. I could ‘write a chapter’ about it in my figurative book. Maybe I will, and then again, maybe I won’t.

This I know.

We got to the Seoul, South Korea, airport at 12:15pm. We were ‘way early’ for our 4:25pm flight. I pulled off a small miracle by getting the two of us to the very head of an impossibly long line. This one miracle alone would rate a short chapter.

Then the two of us sat and waited for our wheel chairs.

There we are. One up from the bottom below. Airline S7 due to leave at 4:25pm (16:25 hours) for IRKUTSK.

Out to our boarding gate we went and watched our plane arrive.

Hello trouble

Come on in

Talk about heartaches

Where in the world you been

Oh My God!

Patti I lost two wallets in security!

I only had one piece of carry-on luggage, my backpack. So I totally emptied it out onto Patti’s lap. This included my laptop’s carrying case. Backpack and computer case. Both emptied out. No wallets.

Off to the check-in counter I went. I explained the situation to the check-in counter staff. One asked me to describe the wallets. Off to security (with my passport) she trotted. Back she came.

“Your wallets are not in security.”

“May I inspect your carry-on luggage Sir?” she asked.

“Absolutely.”

When we arrived where Patti was sitting, Patti told me that she had again emptied out my backpack and laptop carrying case. No wallets.

To work went a man and a lady from the check-in counter. Both of them really went through, not only my backpack and laptop carrying case, but Patti’s carry on bag as well. No wallets. We’re about to begin boarding.

Up came my very young lady wheelchair attendant. She was there to push me down the ramp to the plane. I hurriedly told her of the predicament because she was with me as we went through immigration and security.

She DID NOT ASK if she could or if I wanted her to look for the two wallets but went right to my backpack asking as she did .. “What do they look like?”

Got your score card Sports Fans? Four (4) people had inspected my backpack / laptop carrying case. Me. Patti. The man from the check-in counter. The lady from the check-in counter.

“Are These Your Wallets Sir!”

Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep.

Sports Fans! When you are dealing with the Mafia you are dealing with the Big Boys. Obviously she was ‘in on the heist’ of my two wallets and, fearing consequences, quietly ‘palmed them’ and, as a great magician would do, she calmly pulled my two wallets out of her sleeves acting ‘as if ‘ she’d found them.

We boarded our flight.

The flight looked full. The overhead carry-on compartments were filled to capacity.

We have lift off. We’re airborne.

I was exhausted. I went to sleep. I awoke. Ate a wonderful dinner. Did some work on my laptop.

“Ladies and Gentlemen we’re beginning our descent into Irkutsk.”

As we landed in a light snow storm I turned to Patti and said .. “Lord God Patti! By the looks of the weather out there you’d think that we’re landing in Russian Siberia!”

We landed. Patti and I were told my the head member of the cabin crew to stay put until the plane was emptied out. We did. Up came a piece of equipment that allowed us to just step from the plane (everyone else had to walk down a portable stairway) onto a large metal surface that lowered us down into a vehicle (everyone else walked in a light snow storm across the pavement to the terminal). The four lines for immigration were long beyond the beyond. Patti and I were taken to the very front of one line and processed into Russia.

All in one long and exhausting day.

Patti fell asleep an hour ago and I’m about to join her.

Smiling and Oh So Happy To Be Back In Russian Siberia.

Cap


FEB 21, 19 .. TOMORROW WE FLY BACK TO IRKUTSK, RUSSIAN SIBERIA

Because today is a day-before-we-travel, we stayed in our hotel room pretty much all day. Patti relaxed and did some reading and I did some catching up on my on-line projects. 

Just in case some of you didn’t see it, I published a post on blogspot showing The Incheon Metropolitan City Museum that I visited here in Incheon yesterday.

http://bobbacaps.blogspot.com/2019/02/feb-20-19-incheon-south-korea.html

It is hard to believe, but tomorrow (Friday the 22nd of February) is almost here and Patti will visit Russia for the first time in her life.

In preparation for our flight to Irkutsk tomorrow, last Tuesday I visited the Incheon International Airport and found exactly where our airline’s (S7 Airlines) check in counter is located. First I had to ascertain that it leaves from Terminal 1. There are two gigantic terminals here. Then I got several answers from (so called ) information counters as to where S7 is based. One of my ‘sources’ (get this, at an ‘official’ information counter )  did not even know that there was an airline named S7.

Neither did we know about an airline named S7!

/sign us/ Most of your readers.

I know that all of you following along here probably have not heard of S7 BUT  you are not paid employees at an ‘official’ airline terminal information counter.

Finally, after considerable ‘walking around’ this enormous terminal, I found it (Aisle J counters 1 – 7). Then (because I’d done my homework, I knew that an S7 flight was due to fly to Irkutsk shortly) I went to the S7 Airlines check in staff and confirmed that we do indeed have our flight properly booked. They very carefully brought us up on their computers, and examined our passports for valid Russian Visas. All is well.

Because the Tuesday (Seoul – Irkutsk) flight was due to depart at 4:25pm, and I walked up to their check in counter at 4pm, they almost fainted thinking I was going to attempt to catch their Tuesday 4:25pm flight. As in the United States, even here the airlines want you to check in three hours early. I assured them that I wanted information on my Friday the 22nd of February flight.

Today’s Rhetorical Question : Do any of you think that, for one New York Minute, if I am able to do so, I am going to wait until the day and the time I arrive at the airport to do the above research?

This is important because, for the first time ever when out of the United States, I booked this international flight on-line myself. Usually I book with a professional travel agency located in a major hotel or directly with the airlines. S7 is short on having official offices. For all I know they don’t have them and do all their business on-line.

Thanks all of you for your support and for following our on-going adventures.

Patti and Cap