The day has come! We have been preparing for this transition for the last four months, on January 7th, 2014 we left from Dallas for our new life.
Our itinerary included connecting flights from Dallas to Los Angeles to Tokyo to Taipei, but things don’t always go as planned…
During our 12 hour flight from LA to Tokyo there was a call over the plane’s speaker asking for a doctor or nurse to identify themselves… never what you want to hear. After about two hours we noticed the plane had turned around and was heading back to Anchorage thanks to the plane’s “moving map” GPS that had been tracking our speed, distance traveled, temperatures and location. About 30 minutes later the flight attendant announced we were headed back to land in Anchorage due to a medical emergency.
We landed in Anchorage, EMS boarded the plane and took an older Chinese man off. Sadly the flight attendants had to walk around asking people to not take pictures. We were there for over two hours when they let us know they had refueled and changed the crew to continue on. Later we found out the man had a stroke.
We landed in Tokyo about four hours after our connecting flight left for Taiwan. Our welcome to Asia included an introduction to squat toilets, a good leg workout!
Because of the delays Delta hooked us up with a hotel in Narita- a little town outside of Tokyo including dinner and breakfast, sweet!
The dinner buffet was obviously catered towards the western pallet and included french fries along with some cooked vegetables, salad, cod, and a meatloaf- esque meal. The next morning we had a breakfast buffet which included eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, yogurt and japanese noodles- delicious!
Our time in Tokyo was short, we will make sure to return for a real visit! The airport was a teaser of Japan!
The flight wasn’t fully booked and we were able to spread out and enjoy the four hour trip, the highlight was the awesome meal of beef, rice and egg…anticipation is building for all the food to come.
Upon arriving in Taipei we dropped the majority of our baggage in a storage facility to make trekking Taiwan easier, for $3 usd a day the airport will hold your bags you don’t wish to lug around. Thank goodness!
Everything we own! We are off to explore the sights of Taipei! We love y’all!