Monday, 8 April 2013
08.04.2013 - 08.04.2013
Up early this morning as we are checking-out. We were all set to leave at 0630 when we were surprised to be greeted by Felicity, the hostess from the executive lounge. She gave both of us a sincere hug and wished us a safe journey and hoped to see us again one day. Who knows ??
Our hire car arrived just then and we were on our way to Terminal 3 at Beijing International Airport which ranks high in terms of size, passengers handled and total aircraft movements. After checking in at the main terminal we passed through a variety of checks by immigration, customs and security. We then boarded a small train to take us the 2 Km to the departure gates. Another massive structure just absorbed the thousands of travellers and despite the numbers there was no sense of crowding.
Just as we were asked to start boarding a local 'official' came over and told me to open my case. I've no idea how it was done but there was my case and he had picked me out of the crowd. It appears there was a suspicious object in my case. He had an X-ray photo of my case and pointed to one of the corners. Didn't take long to identify the culprit, the Coca Cola "Happy Can" from Japan. Full details of that item are in the blog of 26 March. We've decided to ditch the item so that it doesn't cause another incident.
Departure from Beijing was very rough and Jenny was not in a happy place as the aircraft bucked its way into the sky. It wasn't long before things settled down and the cabin staff served a much better than average lunch. The flight ti south Korea was uneventful except for a pair of whingy kids across the isle constantly demanding their mother's attention.
Arrival in South Korea's Incheon International Airport was without incident and in relatively quick time we were at bus-stop 12A awaiting the 6015 shuttle to Seoul. For just under US$10 each we were driven to a bus-stop right outside the hotel. Found our way in past the construction gang and were directed to the 19th floor for 'check in'. We were expected and were allocated room 1703 with an interesting view over a very busy intersection. The room is very small but adequate.
Wandered over to the other side of the street to browse the Lotte Department store's Food Court. An amazing array of fresh and cooked foods with quite mysterious looking ingredients. I bought two dishes that looked interesting, tasted just fine, but I've no real idea as to what they were.
It is getting late and I'm ready to hit the sack, so until tomorrow - take care.
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Cheers ... Tony