Leaving on a Jet Plane
They say that all good things must come to an end, and as such, it was time to say goodbye to Hong Kong. In some ways, it was hard to leave HK, not just because it was a great travel destination, but also because it signified the end of my big world trip. Though, in other ways, I was more than ready to head back home, and see my family and friends. Not to mention, sleep in my own bed! The end of trips always trigger such mixed emotions for me. This one was no different.
Leaving turned out to be much less eventful than arriving. Getting to the airport turned out to be a breeze thanks to the Airport Express train, which was within walking distance of our hotel. The coolest feature? You can check-in right at the train station! It was so convenient to get all of the details sorted out ahead of time, and not have to worry about that later. The attendant even linked my two flights together into one itinerary (I scored an incredible deal on a one way flight from HGK-SFO, and purchased another one way flight to the east coast). Since it was the end of the trip, and I wasn’t so worried about my luggage getting lost, I took advantage of the train-side checkin. Again, how awesome is that?! I believe a one way ticket cost HK$100, which is about USD$13. In roughly 20 minutes we arrived at the airport. Easy peasy.
In fact, the rest of the trip was smooth sailing. It was my first time aboard Singapore Airlines, which was AMAZING (seriously, even their economy seating is fabulous, plus I lucked out and had the whole row to myself). After landing in SFO, it was time for the second flight, which was on USAirways (what can I say… completely average, run of the mill domestic flight… made me miss all those Asian airlines I had been flying with!). Before I knew it, I was in Philly! You’ll be happy to know that my luggage made it safe and sound!
Knowing it’s all over is a funny feeling. After all, it’s one thing to have a crazy dream, like quitting your job to travel around the world. It’s another to actually do it… and then have it come to an end. There are so many things I want to say to sum up the trip but I think to really do it justice I’ll need to spend some extra time choosing the right words. Until then, I can tell you that it was the greatest experience of my life! Thanks everyone, for all the kind comments and emails – it was so wonderful to have old friends and new blog friends come along for the ride. I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens next… your guess is as good as mine!