Tokyo Drifters

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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.

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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dinner and a movie at 30.000 feet.

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!

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Because of the delays Delta hooked us up with a hotel in Narita- a little town outside of Tokyo including dinner and breakfast, sweet!

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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!

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Our time in Tokyo was short, we will make sure to return for a real visit! The airport was a teaser of Japan!

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Onward to Taipei! Thanks to EVA Air- reminds me of my sweet niece! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

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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!

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Everything we own! We are off to explore the sights of Taipei! We love y’all!

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8 thoughts on “Tokyo Drifters

  1. I love how I’ll get an update of all the meals you consume!!! I love and miss you! Eat your heart out with cha ca and egg coffee! 🙂

  2. Just call me the Julia Childs of Asia! I’ll keep you up to date with the crazy things we try! so far we have been eating at places with pictures on the menu because all the rest are just chinese characters! Should have brushed up on my mandarin! love you!

  3. Nancy and Chris,

    Your pictures are awesome, and hilarious! Thank you for sharing such great detail about the journey across the ocean, craziness! How much have you slept?! I bet you’re running on fumes! Have fun out there, lots and lots of love!

    Meesh and Drew

    • The first few days we didn’t sleep much, it is hard to get comfortable on the plane, either your neck hurts or your bum is numb. Once we got to our hotel in Taiwan we decided to take a nap before hitting the town and woke up 14 hours later! Since then we have been trying to acclimate to the fourteen hour time difference… as I write this it is 6pm on Sat night in Texas and 8am Sun morning in Taiwan. We’re living in the future. love you! give Cameron a kiss!

  4. Nancy, many people have told me how cool your web site is. I agree. Your memoirs are in full evolution!
    Please stay safe and in touch. Thanks Moma!

  5. Wow, you’ve only been away for 2 weeks and have had MONTHS full of adventures! NICE. Eva and Joaquin will have so much fun following your excursions on this awesome site

    WE MISS YOU
    love
    lorena
    eva
    joaquin
    y elena

    • sweet solorzanos! I miss ya’ll so much! I have been collecting small trinkets to send to Texas! Can’t wait till I get an address and can get more letters from Eva the author! Love all of you- including the Davids!

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