Well we made it home, finally. Our flights from Bangkok to Tokyo and Tokyo to San Francisco went very smoothly, but our final connection caused us much grief. You see, our plane was stuck in Los Angeles (LAX) while the aiport was having several security problems. One of the problems turned out to be simply a battery in a suitcase that had leaked acid in a bag. Secuity evacuated the wing and called the bomb squad. I think there may have been other security alerts too, as we were told that 3 wings of LAX were evacuated. Everyone evacuated would have to be re-screened, boarded, then cleared for take-off. Instead of us having an 1.5 hour layover, it turned into a 7 hour ordeal.
The hardest part was fighting to stay awake. We managed to sleep only 2 hours the night before we left Bangkok. We awoke at 3:30 AM to get ready, grab our taxi and get moving to the airport. Our plane left on Sept 4th at 7 AM (Bangkok time) and we finally touched down in Vancouver, BC on Sept 4th at 10 PM (Vancouver time). Total time from the first to last airport was about 31 hours. While waiting for our plane to arrive in San Fransisco, the departure time kept being set back a half-hour or hour at a time. We tried our best to stay awake so not to miss our connection. Of course, if we had known we would really have 7 hours to sleep, there was nothing that could have stopped us.
Once we landed, we easily grabbed a public bus from the Airport to the Skytrain. Thankfully, this route is very simple and only cost us $2 CAD each. The Skytrain dropped us off at Tina’s dad’s house and we hit the sack by 12:30 AM. Nothing could possibly wake us again until 1 PM this afternoon. A well deserved sleep, and yet not quite enough. It always takes a few days to shake jet-lag, but I should be okay for my first class the day after tomorrow.
Today, we’ll run a few errands while in Vancouver, and then hit the road. It’ll be another 4 hours of driving to get home and we know our cats our dying to see us. Maybe tonight or tomorrow, I’ll write about our last day in Bangkok.