JUN 4, 15 .. NIGHT FLIGHT .. DELHI TO HONG KONG ..

Am I lucky?

OH YES I AM VERY LUCKY ..

How Many Of You Get To ‘Feast-Your-Eyes’ Upon Scenes Such As The Below!? An all-night international flight from Delhi to Hong Kong and I get to make it!

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THE NIGHT FLIGHT FROM DELHI TO HONG KONG!!

Yesterday I did one thing that proved to be very smart. It was 4:30PM in the afternoon and it had been hot again in New Delhi. I was sweaty and my shirt was dripping wet. I had yet to fully pack for the flight from Delhi to Hong Kong BUT I decided suddenly to do the following.

Go out into the heat and buy some laundry detergent and come back to my room and wash my shirt so I would start out with a fresh clean sparkling shirt. I also washed myself with the surgical pre-wash Hibiclens that really gets you surgically clean under your arms.

In the extremely hot dry air my shirt dried in about twenty (20) minutes and was oh-so very fresh.

Then before I left my hotel I lay down in my room and rested for fifteen minutes in the cool of my air conditioned room.

So at 8:15PM out I went in EXCEPTIONAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION!

First I walked to the New Delhi Railway Station with my luggage. Then to the Pre-Paid Taxi Office where you pay a set amount and get a no-nonsense fair-deal to both yourself and to the taxi firm/driver on a ride to the airport (or any place else for that matter).

I paid IRS 400 (Indian Rupees) or US$ 6.29 and for-my-money I got an exceptional taxi driver. So exceptional that I ‘tipped’ him a full 100 Rupees on top of the agreed upon fare of 400 Rupees. He ‘teared up’ when I told him what a great ride it was as I shook his hand and gave him a hug and then put the 100 Rupee (I keep brand new clean bills for such gratuities) bill into his shirt pocket. He bowed and touched my right foot and we waved to each other as he drove slowly away.

Into the BEAUTIFUL Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal I went.

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I was inside the terminal at 9:10PM. My flight was at 1AM.

The staff said .. “Sir .. We don’t open the ticket counter until 10:15PM.” .. “Great! I will happily wait!”

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The below you do NOT want ..

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HERE IS WHAT YOU WANT!

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ACES WILD! I was at my gate 19 at 11:11PM for my 1AM flight.

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So too were a few others.

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I was second aboard the aircraft and I settled in. We left on time and we arrived into Hong Kong on time a tad early. I had a front row bulkhead seat and I experienced a great flight with some friends.

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I took the first class train into Hong Kong Central.

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It just doesn’t get much better than this!

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Home to Hong Kong .. Home to my ‘digs’ ..

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Home to my bed ..

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Home to my ninety (94) four square feet in Hong Kong.

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Smiles .. Cap ..

A fun tid-bit. On my flight I sat next to a young man from India. When we got to Hong Kong we both got off the flight together and he went on ahead of me a rapid pace disappearing forever. I went to the rest room .. I then called Patti .. we visited .. I filled out my Immigration Paperwork .. stood in the long in-processing line .. got my bag .. and just .. Lolli-Gaggled all the time. As I got to the train who but my seat mate was beside me! We both howled and said .. “It must have been meant-to-be.” Run the statistical numbers on the above odds and they are staggering. So now I have a new friend .. Ajay Pahwa! A young .. high-roller C.E.O. per his business card.

NOW .. IF YOU CARE-TO-DO-SO .. JUST KEEP SCROLLING-ON-DOWN TO THE NEXT POST IMMEDIATELY BELOW .. THE POST I WROTE BEFORE THIS POST THAT GOT MY ATTITUDE BACK TOGETHER SO I COULD WRITE THIS POST.

6 thoughts on “JUN 4, 15 .. NIGHT FLIGHT .. DELHI TO HONG KONG ..

    1. cap chastain

      I sure thought of you when I spied the ELEPHANTS! I must snap a photo or two for Gullible! YES INDEED I kept my studio apartment in Hong Kong. When you wrote .. “Did you keep your cell in Hong Kong while in India?” I thought you meant my cell phone. I carefully ‘aimed’ my photos away from the various and sundry accessories. I wanted a group of Patti’s friends to see a clean and spiffy apartment. Little do they know .. The Shadow Knows huh? Smiles ..

  1. Patti

    The Delhi airport is beautiful … far different from the old one I experienced in 1996! And, I LOVE the elephants in the terminal!! Looks like a full flight … nice that you had a bulkhead seat with extra leg room. The “connection” with the Pre-Paid taxi driver was very touching. As much as a challenge as India can be, the simple vulnerability and tenderness of the people can really touch your heart.

    Welcome home to 23 Mercer Street … Hong Kong. Looks like it was eagerly awaiting your return. Smiles and hugs. Patti

    1. cap chastain

      OH YES the new airport is indeed elegant and magnificent. A world class air terminal with elephants too. So happy you liked the photos of it. It was a very full flight indeed. The bulkhead was so nice. I nearly .. but the traffic was heavy .. snapped a photo of my taxi driver. You are so right .. the people do touch our deepest hearts. 23 Mercer was happy to see me back and oh so clean. Did you see Gullible’s comment below. Where are the accessories .. and my reply .. Smiles .. and Love .. Cap .. Game 2 on Sunday ..

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