Okay, lets mix things up a bit. Lets drive from my hometown of Cincinnati Ohio 5 hours to Chicago, spend the day in the city then Grab a flight at 12:01 am from Chicago ORD 16 hours to Taipei. Have a five hour layover then grab a short two and a half hour flight from TPE to Hong Kong international airport, go through immigration, grab my bags, go through customs, find a bus or taxi from the airport to the Gold Coast Apartments and start a new life for 3 months.
Sounds easy. Well it was...sort of. There were some hiccups. not a lot, but it should be expected when flying alone international at the age of 19 things will get a bit bumpy. Well not completely alone, and actually not all that bumpy (I can be a bit of a Drama King at times). So here is the sitch (shoutout to all the Kim Possible fans who just heard the ringtone in their head) after a loving goodby from my mother at the airport, which is too tender to talk about just yet, my roommate Max Condon and I walked through the airport gaits to start what is to be the greatest adventure/experience of our young adult life. Being slightly paranoid about long lines at the airport we got to OHR around 9:30 for our 12 am flight! smart but also stupid, oh well. Max and I threw back two dramamine each after boarding and after takeoff the next thing I remember is being served orange juice 10 hours later when I finally wake up (If you are flying long distance I highly suggest Dramamine, it nocked us out hard). With the remaining hours left of our flight I watched a few movies (The Circle by James Ponsoldt and Pirates of the Caribbean...whatever the newest one was) and had two meals which i'll be honest I definitely was confused by how to add the dried fish to my soup. I ALMOST FORGOT!!!! We were on a Hello Kitty flight, which means that the outside was painted with Hello Kitty characters and our pillows, meal trays, utensils and sleeping masks all had Hello Kitty on them. Lovely right. Not going to lie Max and I rather enjoyed it.
Our only real hiccup was in Taipei, when we wee checking gates for our connecting flights we found out that Max was actually on an earlier flight to HK than I. Thus started a hasty trial in switching flights which in the end I opted to keep my later flight over spending $100 USD to upgrade (Yes, I am a cheapskate). So max takes off and I am in Taipei airport by myself for about 3 hours. We landed around 5 in the morning so when we got there it was compleatly empty and everything was closed, then by time i flew at 10:30 it was packed with busy travelers. I caved to temtation and got food and lit me tell you I was not dissapointed. It was incredible and a great start to this new cultural experience.