Portland International Airport has some good places to hangout before departure such as Rose’s Deli where you get their original Reuben sandwich or Laurelwood Pub. Then you pass by the Governor Victor Atiyeh statue on your way to Delta’s waiting lounge. We took off on Delta #91 at 2:10 for Tokyo Narita airport and watched Crazy Heart and Blind Side en route. I read A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee skipping the third movie Twilight New Moon. I met Chang–rae Lee when he spoke at Powell’s Books last month on book tour for his new novel The Surrendered but I picked up a copy of A Gesture Life for an author’s autograph for Chris too.
Cheryl and I have not seen our son Chris for over a year since he began teaching Engliish in Korea in February 2009. So we are taking a 9 day trip to see him over the next two weekends in Seoul and a mini-vacation to Jejudo Island during the week while he is teaching. We arrive at NRT (Tokyo-Narita) at 5:30 pm FridayJapan time (1:35 am Friday Pacific time) and have an hour and a half layover before departing on Delta #607 at 7:10 pm. As a reminder to bring snacks the report on on the inflight meals during PDX-NRT flight is – the “lunch” served after departure wasn’t awful but the second meal was awful at best and is billed as “breakfast” with the choice of cheese pizza or egg sandwich and NEITHER choice is good… the pizza crust was undercooked and the egg sandwich toast was burnt!. The Japanese food on the flight to Seoul was better.
It is about 6:30 am Friday Pacific time when we arrive at ICN (Seoul-Incheon) Airport at 10:30 pm Friday April 30 and after processing Immigration, Customs, and getting out to our waiting limo from the hotel we have a speedy hour trip into Seoul where we check in at Fraser Place Central Seoul about midnight. The Fraser Place Residence Hotel was recommended by an associate at Wacom Korea and it is spacious and comfortable with a pool and spa. See http://seoul-central.frasershospitality.com/ They send a driver to pick you up at Seoul Incheon International too which is needed for arrivals after 10 pm when other transit options are limited. Thanks to Christine for the reservations at the company discount and her advice on other details of our schedule.
Blog and crash! It was a long day.