The Trip Home

I was up at 6:00 A.M to finish any last-minute packing and to confirm everything was charged up for the trip home. Then I cleaned up quickly with my two-in-one shower/toilet combo.  Alice if we redo our bathroom I was thinking, if we installed a mirror in front of the two-in-one system we would have a 3-in-1 setup – I could Shit Shower and Shave all at once – What do you think, could be a new trend…

I picked up a few snacks for the trip and 2 green and 2 yellow mangos for Jake, if I can get them through security!

He just stopped in the middle of the highway and jumped out - I was in the back seat as the cars, trucks and buses zipped around me honking - all the time thinking I was going to be hit at any second What the @#$% --- When you have to go, you have to go - or was he trying to save the 100 dong

I had breakfast at the same place as yesterday and was in a taxi by 7:30 AM.  The trip to the airport was uneventful, except for the pit stop my driver made in the middle of Hanoi trafic – see picture. 

At 10:30 AM Hanoi time I was on my flight to Shanghai China.  Great flight and good food for the back of the bus.

In Coach - Wow

Getting into China was a bit of an issue – I had to exit the airport and then re-enter.  My flight path is not a typical one and this was a bit of an issue as I did not have a Visa.  When I went through customs I was put in a holding pen for 20 minutes and did not know what was going on – All I could think about was the 4 mangos…

Finally, I was escorted to another security station and was free of no-mans-land.  I had a few hours of layover time and tried to access the internet without much success – what would take 5 minutes at home to up load required more than an hour in China – I was told this week the government had put new restriction in place – I miss the good old USA.

I was next on the wait list for Business Class, but missed it – I did have “the poor man’s” version of Business Class – an emergency exit aisle seat by the bulk head – Best seat in coach!

14 hours later and several movies, etc. I landed in Chicago before heading on my last leg into Boston and a taxi ride to King Street! 

Home, Alice, Jake and Maggie!

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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