Rough night. Maybe a few hours sleep. Definitely not what I'd want before 24 hours of travel, but you live with what you get. Breakfast in the Regency Club was quite nice and the croweds had thinned. Either that or there weren't a lot of kids up at 6:30 eating breakfast.
|Can you guess what the most important thing on this plate is?|
|It was the bacon.|
|I'm still thinking about bacon. Maybe you'll get some non-bacon captions later?|
|Fine. No more bacon. When I saw this store I thought "hey now, I'm gonna have the real thing soon enough".|
Check in took about two minutes and then there was an escort to the private security entrance for the crew and F passengers (possibly business as well?). Couldn't beat that. Five minutes later and I was being pointed towards the Asiana First Class Lounge.
|So many rich browns|
|I wanted to go up and play this thing. Granted, I can't actually play piano, but for that brief moment in time it felt like I could.|
|Very nice shower rooms|
|This was the first time I'd ever tried passion fruit. I will be trying passion fruit many, many more times.|
|I would like these shelves in my library. First, I would like a library actually. Then I'd like these shelves in them.|
|Mmm, bacon. What? Coke Light makes me think of bacon now. Plus bacon would go great with strawberry ice cream.|
|I thought the TV room was a nice touch even if I used it as my own personal office because the lounge was so empty.|
|The last time I would taste the sweat of Pocari on this trip. I am now one with Pocari.|
|Seoul is just a gorgeous airport|
|Why hello there, you beautiful thing you|
|I know which door I'm going in|
After boarding I was offered pajamas. I don't have a photo of them because they were massive on me and made me look like a light brown elephant. But they were definitely stylish in an Asiana sort of way.
|My first warm nuts of the trip. Hoo boy am I going to look back in a few years and regret that caption.|
|I hope you can see how syrupy this icewine was. It was like drinking sugar. As you might guess, I finished the bottle.|
She distributed the menu and took my order. I'd been warned about how quickly they take them back and so I snapped some photos and actually had to refer to it while eating to see what I was consuming. Just a massive meal.
|Extremely tasty appetizer|
|This is the third intricate place setting I've had on a plane. Makes me feel rather ashamed that I usually eat dinner sitting on the couch.|
|I don't even like caviar and yet I liked this. Plus the bone china spoon - phenomenal attention to detail.|
|Quite delicious tuna appetizer|
This salad was very tasty:
|Ah! Green stuff! Get it away from me! I kid, I kid. Those mushrooms were some of the best I've ever had.|
|This was the only loser of the bunch. Some weird take on chicken soup.|
|Absolutely fantastic. I didn't need a knife. Didn't even need a fork really. Just fell apart and then into my mouth.|
|How many courses are we up to? On a plane?!|
|Fine. Twist my arm on dessert.|
|I believe I drank six of these on the flight|
I gave it the old college try. At one point I realized the blanket wasn't really big enough for me and, before I could even move to say anything, the FA had covered me with a second one. Absolutely charming. I still didn't get any sleep. Hah, we all saw that coming. After about an hour I gave up and went back to my more comfortable reclining seat.
Maybe an hour or two later the FA came by with some chocolates and a Diet Coke. Lovely!
Shortly after eating them I decided to open the shades and let the light in. If I was going to be up for the 12 hours, and if there was no one else there to bother with sunlight, I might as well stop trying to fool my body. I got a lot of reading done over that time. I also rediscovered scores of mp3s I hadn't listened to in years.
About two hours out of Frankfurt it was time for lunch, which started with fresh squeezed OJ:
|I could have eaten six of these. That gel-like substance was divine.|
|Long flight with no sleep|
I can fly for a hundred more years and I will never have a flight as wonderful as that flight on Asiana. Thank you, Asiana Airlines - I look forward to flying you again soon!
A bit before boarding I wandered the airport on a failed duty free quest. Here are some photos:
|It's not just at EPCOT! It exists!|
|In Ben's honor|
|This is more what I'm used to. Do you like my massive headphones?|
|Sun finally sets on my 30+ hours of Monday|
|What lovely room. I couldn't care less; need sleep.|
|Doesn't matter what Hilton you're at, anywhere in the world, apparently these are the amenities you get?|
I collapsed in the bed and knew no more until the next morning.