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... I can say this much: it's 3:47 am, and I awoke around 1am and gave up returning to sleep after 2. Ugh! I did my best to go to sleep immediately on the plane, when it was nighttime in Korea, and when I arrived I was exhausted and easily fell asleep, but my sleep schedule is way off despite overdoses of melatonin!
So, I'm here. I'm exhausted and hungry because I can't eat at the right times either. It's all rather amusing, well it would be if my bed wasn't so hard! ha!
The flight in was uneventful and wonderful. Non-U.S. based airlines have their act together. I was treated like I was in First Class. Everything about the experience was lovely and I hope I never have to ride a U.S. Based airline again! The difference in service and amenities is astounding; no wonder all the airlines are going bankrupt; it is a horrid experience flying in the U.S. But I didn't mean to blather on about mediocrity. Let me tell you about my flight over from Atlanta to Seoul, on Korean Air! (Sarang ae Korean Air!)
author's note: ICloud/itunes/Applegodintheapplesky has seriously ticked me off-- because they've changed the order of all my photos and made it almost impossible to return them easily to the correct order--, I will try to get these photos re-ordered because I have nothing better to do with my time!!!
The flight over was incredible: Korean Air's coach class is equivalent to any U.S.-based airlines' First class accommodation and treatment! I suppose U.S. airlines are in a pinch because no one wants to fly them anymore because it is a pretty unpleasant experience; they've made everything a hassle, the customer service has nose-dived (excluding southwest Airlines!), and they charge extra for everything ( Oh, that will be $20 to barf in this paper bag, and we only accept American Express) LOL. Seriously! I looked at flights on Delta, and if I wanted to sit in a MIDDLE seat for 14 1/2 hours, I could pay a regular, non-refundable fare (~$!000). But if I wanted a window seat (which were nearly all available and empty, I had to pay for a the full fare, non-refundable ticket, i.e., hundreds more. Nice job Delta. You lost a customer for EVER! Anyhoo, Korean Air fed us twice: two full meals plus snacks, and gave us the choice of American style or Korean style food. Wine and Beer were FREE (wouldn't you know on the one flight I choose not to drink because I want to minimize jet lag, drinks are gratis--ha!). Headsets were free, every seat had pillows and blankets, individually plastic wrapped and sanitized for single use (none of the gross used blankets or pillows). I also had my own flat screen with movies, radio, etc etc, plugs for charging, including a USB, and polite and prompt service. The seat size was comfy, my knees were far from the seat in front, as well as my hips from either side of the chair. I've noticed on most U.S. domestic flights that my knees are jammed into the seat in front, and my hips barely fit into the seat, hello! I am not overweight, large, tall, or anything other than small!
Well, I ranted so long, I almost forgot some of the other amazing aspects of the flight! I'm not sure exactly where we were geographically, but the flat screen offered the option of route mapping, and views from the cameras positioned on the bottom, rear, and front of the plane! it was incredible, looking out the window at one point and seeing ice floes. I'll have to research and figure out where we were over Russia or the North Pole or what, but it was amazing and I've never seen a sight like it outside of national Geographic videos!
As we flew over Russia's snow covered mountains, which became the alpine ranges of China, I was taken aback once again: I have never seen mountains that looked like those! Then rivers began to wend and iwnd through the mountains, then the white morphed into grey rocky faces, and then greenery crept up... hours later, civilization appeared. As we passed well above North Korea, we took a circuitous route well away from the northern part of the Korean peninsula, over the Sea of Japan. Heading into Seoul was akin to flying over the Caribbean Sea, as island began popping up out of the sea randomly.
14 and one half hours later, I arrived in Seoul, Republic of Korea!!! Passing through immigration with no problem, and retrieving my checked bags all took maybe 20 minutes or less! I walked through immigration and into the main concourse, and the first thing I saw was a Baskin-Robbins! UGH!!!
[My escape from America is not complete: the horrors of American commercialism have oozed into every crevice of the world like a stinking filth! I live near a 7-11, and of course have passed by a McDonald's. I don't understand why AMERICANS eat the nasty non-food at McDonald's, so how can Koreans or anyone else eat it!!! Gross!]
I almost missed my flight from Seoul to Busan, but that's best left for later. I am so happy to be in Korea! On Day 4!
...is in Korea loving Korean food and culture!