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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

22 hours in the air

After a longer pause my next diving vacation has finally arrived. But before it could start I had to travel for 22 hours in different planes.

The first stopover was in Paris, where I spent the night at an airport hotel. That worked out really well, the Terminal is connected by shuttle-metro with the place where all hotels are located, so it took only very little time to get from the Terminal to the Hotel and back again. I used the time there to find a Geocache :).

Sunday morning I boarded a plane to Los Angeles. During the twelve hours I watched the following movies:
  • Jurassic World, which was surprisingly cool! It wasn't just a rehash of the original Jurassic Park, but rather a continuation of the same story. And I loved the references to the original movie, which were sometimes extremely delicately placed.
  • Ant Man, which I enjoyed a lot as well. Very funny and entertaining.
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Delivered what I expected. A far flung action flick.
In Los Angeles we had to go through immigration, which was a real pain. There were so many people queuing up! They tried to give us priority, because we had a very short connection, which led to us changing lanes three times until we finally could get processed. Fortunately, the baggage never left the plane, so we didn't have to take the bags and go through customs, but could rather go through back allies directly back to the Terminal. Where we arrived just in time to board (the same plane!).

The last leg to Papeete, Tahiti, took 8.5 hours and since it was getting late I also tried to sleep a bit. Nevertheless I watched two more movies:
  • Paper Towns: A moving road movie about a group of friends looking for Margot who disappeared.
  • Epic: An entertaining animation from the makers of Ice Age about the life of the forest.
At 11:30pm local time we finally arrived and were all very exhausted. We were greeted by a local band :)

Unfortunately, not all bags made it the whole way, and so we spent a lot of time waiting for the Lost and Found counter to open. Fortunately, my bag did arrive, so I could relax for a bit.

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