Arriving into an airport is one experience. You are tired from a long flight and you barely notice your surroundings unless you have flown into the airport many times.
Meeting someone arriving is a totally different experience. When you are only used to leaving a particular airport and have no experience going to where passengers are arriving themselves it is an entirely different adventure! For one thing you are rested and alert. For another you are fretting about ‘will I successfully pull this off and actually connect with my friends?’ Well those were my feelings.
This evening I met some friends at the Hong Kong airport .. a first ever experience for me! First I had to find where the incoming passengers arrive. I then found that in Hong Kong there are two distinctly separate Arrival Halls .. A and B. The two are about a full city block away from one another yet on the same street so to speak. I also learned that the arriving flights are not posted on the arrival board until about a half hour before they are due to arrive. So when I arrived at 7PM to meet a 9:30PM flight the flight was nowhere to be seen on the arrival board. Patti had advised me the flight was running about forty (40) minutes early.
We are looking for Delta Airlines Flight 281 arriving from Seattle.
Do you see it? Under Time (due to arrive) 21:30 (9:30PM) DL Flight 281 from Seattle HAS LANDED at 20:56 (8:56PM)!
A closer look at the Arrival Board. Do you see it below the second flight up from the bottom.
Then I received the text : “We are on the ground.”
Then the next big news.
Delta Flight 281 from Seattle due in at 21:30 (9:30PM) has arrived AT THE GATE at 21:07 (9:07PM).
And in a rapid forty five (45) minutes .. it has taken me at the minimum a full hour .. but this is an off-peak travel time of year .. here they are!
Bright eyed and bushy tailed the two of them after almost a 24-hour (Anchorage to Seattle .. lay over at SeaTac .. Seattle to Hong Kong) day of flying!
What to? Get into Kowloon .. Stash the back packs (just toss them on the bed) and??
Go out the three of us for a small dinner.
At 12:30AM Saturday the 8th I headed back to Sheung Wan and a few hours of sleep!
A full day awaits us on Sunday the 8th .. The day and the date right NOW in Hong Kong!
Smiles .. Cap ..
Yes I know .. I could have done a lot more with this Post BUT my chums are up and raring to go and so I am doing this a quick and dirty Post .. Patti will die if she has to wait one minute longer to see her princess!
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