Sunday, 23 October 2011

Back in Taiwan Oct 21-Nov 13

I left Hull at 1230pm catching the Hull trains service down to London Kings Cross, i was on my way again for a third time in a year, after 3 months of solid hard work to get the money together to pay for this trip, this was the first time id gone from Heathrow and also the first time i had flown direct. It cost me £642 compared to well over £900 to get decent flights from Humberside, i could have paid around £720 and had 20 hour stopovers in Being Shanghai and Guangzhou but i couldnt be arsed with that, transferring in China is not as simple as it is at Hong Kong or Bangkok if my experience at Xiamen airport is anything to go by in July and my rail ticket was £51 with the return leg first class so i was still under £700 doing it this way.  I got to Heathrow about 430pm, i was lucky i was able to check in around 5 which got rid of my case, had something to eat in the departure lounge and then waited, i was watching the news of Gaddaffis death on the tv which passed some of the time. My gate was next door to a Saudi Arabian flight going to Jeddah i spent the last hour watching them all praying before they boarded the plane what a performance that was, i was chatting to a family from Jersey who were on route to Sydney, they had a 5 hour stopover in Taipei before a 10 hour flight to Australia,  im glad i was getting of in Taiwan after 14 hours!! I was sat next to a young student from Taipei on the plane, a pleasant young lass who was quite chatty, she spent the whole flight cradling a black action man called "mini man", she said she had bought it from the States for $400 why i dont know each to their own i guess. Anyway we arrived in Taipei around 6pm just over 13 hours later, i quite liked China Airlines there seemed to be a bit more room than KLM and the flight itself was pretty good i guess im getting used to long haul flights so i know what to expect. Selina met me at the airport and we were back in Jhongli half an hour later, this trip is a longer one for 23 nights so ive got a few days now to relax.

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