Wing and unidentified Russian Mountains approximately 9 hours into our flight.
Flew from Albany to Detroit/Ypsilanti a day early to meet up with the professors and students in my group. Both Gordon and Roy (see ECHT 2002) were teaching again, with the addition of Benita for History of Art. There were a total of 13 students, plus Luise and Michelle (Gordon and Roy's wives). All 18 of us headed to DTW the next morning to head for China. The flight to Shanghai was punishing. I had been preparing my game plan in my mind for a few weeks before hand-- just watch movies until you can't take it anymore, then play games until they turn it off... This approach was thwarted by the fact that our plane was too old to have the personal entertainment systems I've come to take for granted. Through mind-over-matter I made it to the in flight movies only to discover that I would have been better off trying to drug myself to sleep- Cheaper by the Dozen II, Chronicles of Narnia (not too bad, but I'm not huge on it) and Greyfriar's Bobby. Trapped as I was, Greyfriar's Bobby was two hours of my life that would have been better spent doing anything else. Anything at all... Loyal Skye terrier sleeps on his master's grave... and antagonizes local textile mill barons with his orphan-boy caretaker?? I was just as confused as you are.
Our flight included an hour's stop over at Narita-- pleasant to have a stretch, but it was tough to get back in the same exact seat with so little time between. Finally arrived in Shanghai too late to do anything but smoke and sleep.