We made it to Manila! We flew over the US and the Pacific Ocean to get here. Our total travel time was 55 hours. It was long but surprisingly not bad at all. Cosette was an angel and the Haneda Airport in Tokyo was like a hotel. If those two things had been any different attitude in writing would not be so positive.
This odessy of a journey begun way before our first flight. Packing up our apartment for our subletters took a lot longer than we supposed it would. So instead of being refreshed and ready for the long trip over we were tried and I did not want to get out of bed. We got enough sleep to keep on going till our flight from NYC to San Fransicso where we tried to rest. That flight for me was the worst. Cosette did sleep but was up for a lot of it. The plane was cramped and Lyndon and I were seperated by the aile. Thankgoodness for kind and patient people who sat next to us.
Our flight to Japan was awesome. We had a whole front row of a section to ourselves so lots of comfy leg room and a baby bassinet attached to the wall for Coco. She slept most of the time on that flight (yay!). By the time we got to the Haneda airport all teh public transportation was down for the evening and no hotels were available, at least that is what the girl at the information booth told us. So we spent the night in the Haneda airport. There are the shower rooms(refresh rooms as the Japanese call them) there so we were able to take showers!!! It felt great to be clean after a long day of traveling. We slept on some benches which was not to bad. Once again Coco was great. She slept for a large portion of that time too. We headed out at 5:30 to get to Narita airport which is all the way across Tokyo. We made it there with out too many problems. The signs to get to Narita airport were a little off but there was a nice gentle man who pointed us in the right direction. I really enjoyed traveling through Tokyo. My Japanese did come in handy. I tried to practice. I am so bad at it. Ireally need to practice before August.
Playing with an origami dove I made on our way to Japan.
Inside the Haneda airport in Tokyo.
Our next flight was from Tokyo to Seoul. There we had a 7 hour layover so we ventured out to see the city. The airport we flew into was way out so it took us over an hour to get into the city so basically we only had about an hour and a half to see Seoul. We went to one temple. It was beautiful. We got a chance to see the "changing of the guard". The Temple is huge. The decoration on and inside the buildings were very complicated. It was beautiful. Seoul definitally made an impression. I want to go back. On our way back to the airport we ran into the Elders on the subway. They started talking to us by saying "you look like members of the church". I think it is only because we are young with a baby.
View of Seoul and random citizens exiting their vehicle.
We spent our time visiting the Guyeongbokgung temple. The architecture was beautiful. We really enjoyed looking around the grounds.
While we were at the temple we got to see them do the changing of the guard. Pretty cool.
Here is a video we took of part of it. My camera work is pretty shotty so I am sorry if you get dizzy. Enjoy the sneak peak of Korean culture.
Our next flight took us to our final destination: Manila. I think I was asleep before the plane even took off. It was only 3 and a half hours. Once we got to Manila it took forever to get throug security. There were about 200 people crammed into this room waiting inline. This Korean asked me if I was Russian. Anyway we made it through and Lyndon's boss was waiting for us.
Ovwerall the trip was not bad. It was actually quite enjoyable. We survived with energy to spare. Now we just have to conqur jetlag.