Wellington to Korea
Day 1 Wednesday 22nd September 2010
Depart Wellington 6-30am for Auckland
Depart Auckland 9-30am for Seoul – flight duration 11.5hrs
Overnight in Seoul at Hyatt Incheon
Chatter – he says
11.5hrs is a long flight. Nothing could have prepared me for such a long slog. Despite this the service on the Korean Airlines flight was excellent with timely food and drink top-ups. The in-flight food was a mixture of Korean and western. The earlier meals were Korean, comprising seaweed soup and other such delicacies which I suspect all help to keep the Korean nation free of obesity.
On the previous evening we had celebrated Claire’s 21st. That evening’s Italian food and champagne, followed by 4 hours of broken sleep then Korean delicacies in flight the next day I must say, tested my cast iron constitution just a little.
The only visible land on the flight was over Papua New Guinea. All views were otherwise of cloud and ocean.
To relieve the monotony of the flight, we were handed customs and immigration forms to fill in. I could see that risk assurance had been involved in the development of these documents. I took things seriously and checked in my cabin baggage to ensure that I indeed did not bring with me any tigers, crocodiles, cobras, emus, asses, etc, and that there were no bundles of USD10,000 or more lurking therein. The latter in my case is not just a rare species, but an extinct one. I don’t think Jenny took the matter so seriously because I noticed that she didn’t check her bags.
Incheon airport is a huge, modern and very efficient airport on an island just off the mainland. It handles large volumes yet nowhere did we wait more than a few minutes to be attended to. I was surprised however that we disembarked to the tarmac and were transported to the terminal by bus. Our instructions through customs and immigration, were clear and once at the designated desk we were branded with stickers, and escorted to the bus that took us to the Hyatt.
Suffice to say we were tired. After more food, we showered and hit the sack.
Chatter – she says
Jenny will comment late