Flight to Thailand
October 10 or 11, 2006
wait what day is it? Well I had a great time with Beth and the Beach Birneys. Now I am on my way. Well here was my schedule. Uncle Dick dropped me off at the airport around 9 PM. My flight out was at 1 AM. I sat next to Daniel who will be teaching English in Taiwan. How perfect. We had a lot to talk about and that helps on such a long flight. Six movies, two meals and a snack, what a flight. This leg was 13 hours and it only was light for the last hour or so. I was able to sleep about 3 hours on the flight, a record for me. So if the flight left at 1am Tuesday and was 13 hour long, but we landed at 6am Wednesday that means my Tuesday was only 7 hours long right? Then two and a half hours in the airport, a three hour flight to Bangkok.
Immigration, baggage claim and customs (basically walking past the customs officer) went fast, but I still missed my flight. Luckily it was only 500 bhat ($12.50) to reschedule.
Five hour layover and a one hour flight, I can hardly keep my eyes open! Now I am exhausted, dirty, smelly and I probably look like a zombie. What a trip, and here is Lisa, one of the volunteers in Chiangmai school, with a sign reading Alice Birney. This is the first time anyone has met me at the airport with a sign with my name on it. I also met Dr. Haugland and Oh-pah, a Chiangmai student who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. They brought me roses and we all went out to dinner.
Once we reached the school I thought I would collapse, but the children were still awake so I went to meet them all (as if I can remember any of their names) and more importantly they all met me. Then I took a shower and collapsed. Ahhhhhhh