Well, I safely made it to India and just wanted to share a few quick thoughts before heading to bed, as I’m beat.
First of all, while checking in at LAX this morning the agent at the ticket counter accidentally gave me two air marshals’ boarding passes, while she gave them my boarding passes, as we were checking in next to one another and our boarding passes printed at the same time. When she realized her mistake she said “you didn’t see that” and snatched the boarding passes out of my hand. Hah.
Second, when I checked in at the Admirals Club/Flagship Lounge in Los Angeles, the agent asked “mileage run?” before she could even look at my itinerary. When I asked “how did you know?” she responded with “it’s that time of year.”
On a related note, I think the American Flagship Lounge in Los Angeles is my favorite lounge of any US airline in the US.
The flight from Chicago to Delhi was 13hr54min in the air, though felt no longer than an east coast to Europe flight. The crew was spectacular, which made the flight all the more pleasant. I also saw Hangover 2 on the flight… twice. Yes, it was so good that I had to watch it again. I’m still laughing.
Next, what’s missing in this picture? Anyone?
Yes, you guessed it, my beloved hot nuts. As boarding finished up the lady seated behind me came up to our row and told us she was allergic to nuts and asked us not to eat them. I of course honored her request, though it’s tough to be without my beloved hot nuts for 15 hours, especially when I was looking forward to them for hours. Diet Coke with lime just isn’t the same without them.
As far as India goes, I was shocked by how simple the arrival experience was. I’ve heard hellish things about Delhi Airport, though the arrival experience was perfectly pleasant.
While we just got to Delhi, the drive from the airport to the hotel was fascinating — cows roaming the street, the driving style, and people running across busy highways as if nothing is going on. Gotta love it.
Lastly, it’s pretty damn cool to have a plunge pool in your hotel room at a city hotel!
More tomorrow… zzzz…