Are Flights Ever On-Time Anymore?

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Trip End Jun 29, 2011


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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Friday, April 1, 2011

Today is Tuesday and I haven't written in four days.  In the evenings, either we've been too busy or I've been too tired, and in the mornings, I've been enjoying sitting in our hostel's excellent lounge with my book and a cappuccino.  However, I'm going to attempt to retroactively write entries for the last four days, so here's what happened on Friday:

We left Zhenjiang for Nanjing at 5:30.  Since our flight out of Nanjing wasn't until 10:30, we had to kill some time.  We went to the Thai restaurant we love in the 1912 District and had duck with red curry, shrimp with mango, vegetables with yellow curry, Pad Thai, and Singha beers.

The Nanjing airport is almost an hour outside the city, so we left the restaurant in a taxi at about 8:30.  Going through security at the airport was a breeze.  It was quick, uncrowded, and we didn't even have to take off our shoes.

We sat down at our overheated gate and prepared to wait an hour or so until we could board.  However, after about 45 minutes, we noticed on the departure board that our flight was delayed by a little over an hour.  It was late at night, we'd all taught that day, and we were anxious to get to Qingdao.  Group morale hit a low point, but there was nothing we could do, so Charles read and Sam and I attempted to take cat naps.  Finally, we boarded the plane, and our flight from Nanjing to Qingdao was quick -- a little over an hour -- and uncomplicated.

From the airport in Qingdao, we took another taxi to our hostel, which again was about an hour from the airport, and we finally arrived sometime between midnight and 1am.  Because of an easy-to-make error in converting 24 hour time to 12 hour time, Matt and Tiffany missed their Friday evening flight from Tianjin, so we didn't meet them when we first arrived and instead went straight to bed. 
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