How to occupy oneself on a 14 hour flight from Dallas to Seoul
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If youâ€™ve ever gotten â€śantsyâ€ť on a five hour flight across the USA, what in the world do you do to pass the time on a fourteen hour flight?
I managed to eat two complete meals (lunch and dinner) as well as a snack in between; drink three bottles of water, one cocktail, two glasses of wine, one cup of orange juice, three glasses of water, two cups of green tea, one cup of coffee; climb over the fellow seated on the aisle in order to visit the lavatory five times; watch three movies, one television show, play video blackjack; read; listen to my French lessons; listen to tunes on my Ipod and annoy Mark by taking pictures. Only one thing was missingâ€¦â€¦sleep!
Weâ€™d slept fairly well in Dallas the night before and luckily our flightâ€™s departure was at 1050am, since we â€śoversleptâ€ť until 0800 and had to scurry downstairs for breakfast and the van ride to the airport.
We checked in at the Korean Airways counter with plenty of time to spare, although my best laid plans of dressing up for the flight, on the off chance that we might be able to upgrade to First Class, were all for nought. No problem, we were given a window and an aisle seat with the middle seat vacant in Coach so we really couldnâ€™t complain, especially since the flight was only costing each of us $172 round trip plus taxes.
We boarded our flight and arrived at row 30, only to find a gentleman already seated in the middle, between our window and aisle seats. Since we didnâ€™t really care to direct our conversations across a complete stranger for fourteen hours, we graciously offered him the aisle seat so we could sit together.
After take-off, the excellent Korean Air service team went into action. There were twelve flight attendants on this wide-body 777 but it seemed like many more.
Like delicately painted porcelain dolls, these young ladies scurried through the cabin working proficiently to care for the needs of the many passengers onboard. Theyâ€™re really trying hard to give the rest of us a bad name!
We thought it amusing, during the initial drink service, when we were served Bloody Marys which amounted to a half glass of liquid, including the mixer and two ice cubes! We were even more surprised when, during the lunch service, we were given an instruction card on how to eat our Korean meal called, Bibimbap.
It was a very interesting meal, with some sort of meat in it, which Mark insisted was Alsatian. There were also portions of cooked mushrooms, courgettes and bean sprouts which we were instructed to mix with the steamed rice; hot, red pepper paste and sesame oil which accompanied the meal. On the side was a portion of pickles as well as melon chunks. Our initiation into the world of Korean pickled things had not gone too badly.
Several movies and bathroom breaks later, just about five hours before arrival, we were treated to one last meal.
Our flight went off without a hitch, well except for the gentleman on the aisle who was awakened by a glass of water dumped into his lap when I attempted to step over him (in my First Class dress) after returning from â€ťle petit coinâ€ť. Yes, my mom did raise me better than that, but that was years ago.
We touched down in Seoul, right on-time at 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon, which was fourteen hours time difference from Dallas, where it was just turning 1:00am on Sunday morning.
Now it was the search for the KAL limo which was to take us on the eighty minute ride to our hotel in downtown Seoul. A hot bath and cup of tea were waiting for me as well as unimaginable adventures for the next three days!