Waiting on Weymouth seafront for the National Express coach was a series of goodbyes as about 6 people I know passed by chance. In addition fellow birders Paul and Jill Rendell were also travelling to Heathrow Airport to begin their trip to Colombia, South America.
At the airport things started rather on the wrong foot as it was deemed my bag was overweight (how much do 2 pairs of socks and a T-shirt weight?) for cabin baggage, but seeing I was a little miffed the Air China Supervisor stepped in to help. Suggesting that if I had another bag it would be OK to decant equal amounts of kit into 2 bags as long as neither exceeded 5Kgs, no problem. This was indeed a lovely lady and certainly up for a bit of a laugh, so that’s just what we did. As a result she asked which seat I had been allocated and said “we can do much better than that”! Changing me to the aisle seat in the front row and ‘blocking’ the window seat that was me all the way to Beijing and it is true to say the cabin service was fantastic. A beer and a Great Wall wine or 2 with dinner was all it needed to have me asleep for much of the journey. The security in China was a little OTT, but guess they have a job to do plus there were a couple of hours to kill before the connection to Incheon,
Even as I past this digger the driver stopped work, nodded a shallow bow and let me pass in safety.
The finished article.
Flatfish, Round Fish, Shellfish you name it.
More new-found friends Suki is Korean while Larry hails from Hawaii.
Your Chariot awaits,
222 service back to the hotel door.