2017 Winter Break: Journey back to States

After a trip to Vietnam the photos of which I could only hope that I have time to process and some time with my parents, I packed up all my holiday shopping back home and went on this journey back to the States.

Terminal 2 Interior


Terminal 2 Interior


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This post follows the previous one about my trip from United States to China. And it would be a lot shorter since I wasn’t feeling well and not in the mood of taking pictures nor chronicling things.

HU7961 to Boston

I wasn’t feeling too well the morning when I left my home, so when I arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao Station as usual, I decided to abandon my usual 90 crucifying minute metro ride (and the ability to have some quality Chinese cuisine downtown, cause I didn’t have too much an appetite under sickness) across Shanghai to its international airport, and went for bus alternative. The downside, Hongqiao’s bus terminal is hidden in some mezzanine in its complex, that’s quite some distance from the train station and impossible to find on one’s own.
And as expected, traffic on Shanghai’s expressways shouldn’t be trusted. It just didn’t betray me enough to miss my flight.
And I can watch China’s distinctive polluted grey sky fade city’s skyline, hopefully that’s something I don’t need to see for the near future.

Boarding Passes


Boarding Passes


Hainan Airlines B787-9 (B-2773)


Hainan Airlines B787-9 (B-2773)
My plane to Boston


Boarding Flight to Boston


Boarding Flight to Boston

Again, it’s a 787 which I hate, so I picked an aisle seat. And since I was too sick that morning to do anything other than (trying to) sleep, with the exception of bathroom breaks to take lemon water and trying to fight off sickness. I had to say, I never felt long haul flights were excruciating, until this time.

And when it’s too bumpy to get good sleep (it’s a rather turbulent ride over East China Sea that morning), exploring the onboard entertainment system.

Games Onboard


Games Onboard
Doudizhi(斗地主), a famous three-person poker game in China. Glad to find it as it’s basically the only poker game I’d played for the last couple years. And its AI’s are not bad.

One thing interesting, almost every trans-Pacific flight leaving Shanghai picks the Pacific route along Japan for tailwind, except Hainan Airlines, which seemed to prefer heading North first and leaving North-East China for smaller great circle distance.

First Meal Service


First Meal Service
I hate white rice on planes and how did I ended up with exactly that? I must be so sick that my pronunciation of “noodle” was so distorted and the cabin crew didn’t recognize. Or maybe Hainan Airlines’ crew were just deaf.

In between the two meals were hours of groaning.

Second Meal Service


Second Meal Service
Noodles were out, so I was left with rice again, fried though this time.

I was sitting towards the back of the plane (under 787’s crew rest compartment I suppose), and right before landing water was leaking and dripping from the ceiling. Well, that’s a not-so-welcoming water salute to a pathetic journey plagued by sickness.

And the immigration lines at Boston moved much faster than I expected, which gave me huge connection time to kill with anime series.

B61027 to Baltimore

Boston Airport Terminal C Interior


Boston Airport Terminal C Interior


Boston Airport Terminal C


Boston Airport Terminal C
Views of East Boston across channel.


Planes at Boston Airport Terminal E


Planes at Boston Airport Terminal E


Hainan Airlines B787-9 (B-1499) Leaving


Hainan Airlines B787-9 (B-1499) Leaving
To Beijing.


JetBlue E190 (N316JB) Arriving


JetBlue E190 (N316JB) Arriving
My plane to Baltimore.


Boston Airport


Boston Airport
Skyline of Boston in the background.

Nothing too much to talk about the jetBlue flight to Baltimore. It’s Embraer, my second most-hated model. I sat on the right while all the city lights were on the left.

Belle Isle Inlet


Belle Isle Inlet


Chelsea, Boston


Chelsea, Boston


Middlesex Fells Reservation


Middlesex Fells Reservation


Springfield, Massachusetts


Springfield, Massachusetts


Easton, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Easton / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


East Baltimore Suburb


East Baltimore Suburb
East Baltimore Suburb


Downtown Severna Park


Downtown Severna Park

After I picked up my checked bags at Baltimore, it’s like 6 minutes past the scheduled departure time of bus B30 to Greenbelt. Amazingly, MetroBus’ tracking system said the bus was still at BWI airport. Even more amazingly, after some dash down the arrival hall, I made it onto the bus, instead of waiting (60-6) minutes for the next one.
So I got home, still not feeling well and headed for bed unconsciously.
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