13.04.2010 - 14.04.2010 69 °F
Our trip started without a hitch! We arrived at Denver International Airport 5 hours early since (go figure) everyone has to work on a typical Tuesday afternoon. My brother (thanks again, Park) was the only person that could get us there anytime reasonably close to our departure time. So, we got on an earlier flight to San Francisco giving us enough time to hop on BART and pop on over to Chinatown for some great sushi before our next leg to Hong Kong.
Okay, let's review some time zones - Denver to San Francisco = Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time = -1 hours
Easy. We had that one covered.
As for the next leg, our itinerary indicated (or so we thought) that we had a 24+ hour layover in Hong Kong before leaving for Bangkok. We were pumped! We booked a hostel, made a deposit to stay for one night, scoped out our route from the airport, did research on the restaurants we wanted to check out, the whole bit. However, as we were sitting in the airport anxiously awaiting our 14 hour flight to Hong Kong, we noticed a little note next to our flight plan: "+1 day". Only then did we realize that, at that very moment, we were supposed to be checking in at Ashoka Guest House in the lovely Kowloon area of Hong Kong. Crap! Why would we think that a 14 hour flight duration would result in only a 5 hour time change...going west...leaving from the west coast? Well kids, there's a little thing called the International Date Line. New to you? Yeah, new to me too. It's actually 5 + 24 hours, which is a grand total of a 29 hour time change...thereby mistaking our 24+ hour layover in Hong Kong for a 2 hour layover, which is barely enough time to go back through security for immigration purposes and still be able to purchase that $25 bottle of airport water. Ugh.
Again, let's review - San Francisco to Hong Kong = Pacific Standard Time to...Hong Kongian Time... = +15 hours
Good lesson. I hope we keep this concept fresh in our endeavors to come.
So, as we sit here eating our "chicken cup noodle" with 3 hours and 23 minutes remaining in our flight to Hong Kong, I have a little tear that we aren't going to be able to see the city. Oh well - I'll just add it to my new list (and list of lists for that matter) of places to visit later on in life. Surely there will be plenty of such places to put on this list in the next 3 months!
More to come soon. Miss everyone already