30.05.2010 22 °C
Day 2 - Still flying.
2:30am - Above a place called Ust-Kamenogorsk
Having woken up face-down and dribbling on my tray table, I give up on sleep. It is now dark outside - we have flown out of day and into night, and when I go aft to the toilet I can see nearly sunrise on the horizon. The magical flight plan doodah tells me we have 4 hours and eighteen minutes still to go and will land at quarter to seven in the morning.
I order a cup noodle (it was either that or a fruit pot and I may need the carbs) and relax a bit. Not too much though - it's chopsticks or nothing and I have to work hard not to flick noodle juice over everyone within three metres of me, man alive, the stuff travels. Fred is still watching Sherlock Holmes and appears to be stuck in some sort of quantum loop. I am annoyingly awake and decide to write some more waffle to you good people - anyone still reading this post, I credit both your patience and tenacity but also question your sanity. So I will stop now, polish off my cup noodle and then possible indulge myself with more scrabble.
Oh, the bourgeoisie of it all.
05:25am - Flying over Mainland China
Right, time for Fred to write his first entry into this blog... We currently have only another hour and a half before we are due to land into Hong Kong International. It is still dark outside. We have just been served breakfast, I decided against my second breakfast of the day because my body thinks it's nighttime and even if I was hungry eating breakfast at 5am seems a little bit hard to take. Ginger has decided the same so we both settle down with a cup of tea (each, not one between us) and finish off watching our films.
I have sent the last hour laughing like an idiot watching Sean Lock Live on the iPad (well worth a watch!) and Ginger has been watching Shutter Island. During this flight I have been busy watching the graphics of where we are in the world. Currently we are flying at 39,000 ft at a speed of nearly 600mph heading for Nanning.
We both haven't really got much sleep as it is very noisy with the air conditioning so we are busy making out plans around being able to get a nap this afternoon, timing it nicely for when the weather is at it's hottest. The pilot seems to reckon with be in the high 20's and will only be 7 in the morning. Excited to get there now, and see what the day brings!
5:50am - Urrrgh.
Clearly Fred is not nearly as jaded as I am about flying long haul, either that or he has had some sleep (more likely) and I definitely haven't. We have flown 5542 miles now and there are still a few more to go yet but I am excited about touching down and seeing what's about. Most likely a lot of Chinese businesspeople hunting out some breakfast.
The sun is gradually making it's way over the horizon and I can see the clouds turning pink and orange through the little window. The little window however is rapidly blocked by the blonde toddler so I have no time to enjoy the view. Someone farts and I realise that romance, in all it's forms, is gone from the world.
53 minutes to go. Someone get me off this thing....
8:45am - City Garden Road, Hong Kong
Well, we're off, currently sat on the street by our hotel taking the scenery in. There are lots of natives with dogs, food etc on their way to work/school/wherever. I've found a place to stock up on film for the F3 so as soon as we are checked in and showered and what have you I'll set off for some grab bags.
Fred is doing a bit of snapping of his own at the moment and the locals seem to find him quite funny. There is bamboo scaffolding and makeshift balconies everywhere, along with little eateries packed with workers having breakfast. None of them have menus in English of course, but we will do our best.
The heat isn't so bad at present but it is only quarter to nine in the morning and the humidity is something else. It is actually refreshing after recycled plane air but now we have dragged our suitcases halfway across Hong Kong island it's a little overpowering and so is the smell of me - I am in dire need of a shower and change of clothes.
We are finally here, and more details will be forthcoming as we get them...
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