It has only been about 48 hours since my last post, and I’m already way behind. There are so many things I want to share, so my plan is to do so in an organized fashion. Each of the next few posts will be about a specific event or element of my trip. The first is my flight from San Francisco to Seoul.
I have never been in such a giant plane. It seems impossible that something so big and heavy can fly half way around the world without stopping. I tried to take picture that demonstrated the size of the cabin, but it was impossible as there are 10 (yes 10) galleys. The best I could do was to stand at the back of the plan and snap a shot of the portion of the cabin in which I sat.
The crew was larger than I expected. There must have been two dozen flight attendants spread throughout the cabin. They took turns sleeping (in a crew cabin upstairs at the rear of the plane) and seemed to always be refreshing drinks and serving food. I seldom saw an empty glass. The only thing better than the service was the hotness of the crew. Several of the women were exceptionally attractive. I can’t believe I didn’t get caught staring.
The flight did not seem to take as long as I expected. The seemingly endless supply of movies, shows, and games available on the seat-back screen was helpful. We were allowed to congregate in the rear of the plane near one of the crew galleys, which helped to break the monotony. I met and chatted with a few other EPIK teachers that way. At one point, a flight attendant came up to us and said, “you’re not allowed to congregate in the rear of the plane….without wine.” He returned shortly with a bottle of Cabernet and a handful of glasses.
Thirteen hours after leaving San Francisco, we touched down at Incheon Airport, which was amazing. It was clean and simple, but not institutional. I am confident that you could eat off of any surface in the building. There were moving walkways everywhere. I traveled at least a quarter mile between the gate and customs, but I doubt that I walked more than 100 yards. It was all foreign and a bit intimidating, but an unexpected sight helped to settle my nerves.
The rest of the night was interesting, as was the following day, but I’ll save that for another post. I look forward to telling you all about it.
Until next time.