The journey from South Korea back home to California was a long one…all in all it was over 24 hours of travel. It started off with transporting three 50 pound suitcases to the subway, transferring to the airport subway line and then onto the airport.
Once at the airport, I checked in the suitcases (on the airline I flew you are allowed 2 checked in suitcases and the third suitcase cost about $180) and then got onto the first flight which took me to Guangzhou, China.
In the airport, I walked around and checked out the gift shops which were CRAZY overpriced. I was going to buy a panda for my brother but was shocked at how overpriced everything was. All I ended up buying was some blooming jasmine tea as a souvenir.
I was scheduled to have a 3 hour layover in Guangzhou but due to some heavy rains it turned into a 6 hour layover. But hey, tacking on an extra 3 hours to my time in China meant that I got a free bottle of water!!
Once I arrived home safe and sound with all of my luggage in Los Angeles I was picked up by my brother (who totally didn’t recognize me…but that’s another story altogether and coming soon regarding my change in hair color) and we went out to some nearby Mexican joint called El Tarasco. After pigging out on enchiladas covered in sour cream and guacamole I finally arrived at my parents house and was greeted by my confused puppy.
All in all I had two safe flights home, three huge suitcases were transported successfully and I didn’t have any lasting illnesses…just the inevitable cold that comes with long plane rides and getting used to a new country.
Also, just a quick point of view on some international airlines when flying between South Korea and the States. I have now flown Asiana, Korean Airlines and China Southern Airlines. In terms of ranking each airline I would have to say Asiana was the best, followed by China Southern Airlines and then Korean Air.
Asiana Airlines: decent food, constant drinks and snacks, toothbrush and toothpaste provided, slippers provided, decent entertainment selection
China Southern Airlines: ok food, water provided, best entertainment selection
Korean Air: decent food, constant drinks and snacks, toothbrush and toothpaste provided, slippers provided, the worst entertainment selection