As our Chinese New Year break from teaching is winding to a close, I figure it’s a good time to recount some of our travels over our time off. Last year we went to Japan. It was cold and busy and a lot of fun, but this year, we decided that it might be nice to take a break from the winter cold (you would too after reading this), so we went to the Philippines! And, as you can assume by the title of this post, many flights were involved (Don’t worry, Olivia will cover some of our adventures in the Philippines in a later post). First up was our flight to Taipei. Our home is on a small island of Taiwan, so any time we want to go anywhere, we have to fly (usually to Taipei) first. This time, we had a dog in tow!
Usually, our friend Sharon takes care of Bai when we’re not around, but she was spending time in Taipei with her family for the New Year celebrations, so why not bring him to her! We also wanted Bai to get some experience flying in an airplane, as he’ll be joining Olivia and I for the long haul back to America later this year. Some of our American readers might think we’re crazy flying him to Taipei just for 12 days, but airlines are a little easier to work with here for this sort of thing. So, a lot of wrestling (Bai hasn’t learned to like his crate yet) and $12 later, we were aboard and Taipei bound! Thankfully we didn’t see a streak of white running around on the runway. 😉
The next leg of our journey left the international airport from Taipei after midnight, so we got a bite to eat, met some friends, and hung around till catching the last bus from the domestic airport to the international one. Four hours later, we were enjoying the warm weather at the Manila airport (at 4AM- those people never sleep! You would have thought it was the middle of the day)! Now, for this trip of ours, we had no intentions staying in a big, crowded city (living in Penghu has made us small town folK). So we slept for a few hours, ate a much needed Cinnabon, and then started our next flight (number 3) at about 7:30, a 50 minute flight to Legazpi. We were cruising nicely and had started our decent when the announcement was made: there was a problem with the plane and we couldn’t land there because the runway was too short (confused? Us too). The plane returned to Manila, where we were finally able to land on a longer runway, and thus- the “.5” from the title, back-tracking nearly an hour to get another plane.
Three hours and a very grouchy Olivia later, it was time for try number two (flight 4.5). We landed without any issues (yay!) and had some fun for the couple of days we were there.
The next leg of our journey came when we left Legazpi for Coron. Being two small cities, no direct flights were available, so we had to fly back to Manila and then on to Coron in one afternoon (5.5 and 6.5). After five or six days there, (more on that to come) we found ourselves Taipei-bound, again flying through Manila first and then on to Taipei ((7.5 and 8.5)! And of course, Taipei wouldn’t be our last stop before reaching home in Penghu. We spent a few days bumming around the city and having fun, even though most places were closed because of the Chinese New Year. Finally, with the dog in tow, we made the last flight to Penghu and landed with a rainy, windy scooter ride to the house (ponchos were involved for everyone).
We made it back home safe and sound, had a wonderful trip, and made nine and a half flights in 14 days. Are you tired now?