Long day of travel from Beijing to Phuket
09.08.2012 - 09.08.2012 80 °F
Well, this post should meet my goal of (relative) brevity ... mainly because not a ton happened today! Our 4:30 wake up call, cab to the airport in Beijing, customs clearance, and 3.5 hour flight to Hong Kong were more or less a blur. We had breakfast on the flight (yogurt, muesli, and fruit for me; eggs, croissant, fruit for Kev, who discovered a new love for dragonfruit!), slept a bit, read a bit, and did a bit of work.
When we got to the HK airport, we had a very exciting email ... after hitting several snags with the townhome we have been trying to buy since putting in an offer on July 12th, we have FINALLY come to an agreement with the Seller ... we are one step closer to home ownership! This (combined with the 4 hour layover we would be sitting through!) obviously deserved a celebratory drink - my first drink during 9 days of vacation! Not that we are huge drinkers anyway, just thought it was interesting.
On our second 3+-hour flight, we got some more food - another great plate of fruit, and then we thought it was a great idea to order beef stew (mainly because the sides were "polenta and roasted vegetables"). Kev said it was good (maybe the Hagen-Dazs ice cream swayed him!), but I just couldn't bring myself to eat it and had some snacks instead.
When we arrived in Phuket, we had a car waiting for us to take us to our hotel, and got to drive through some small towns on the way. We saw tons of rubber trees (which apparently make up a big portion of the Thai economy), dozens of roadside fruit stands and small shops, and hundreds of motorbikes ALL over the roads! I was scared for them, but apparently they know what they're doing!
As we pulled up to the hotel, we were greeted with cold towels and lemongrass tea, and walked out to the reception patio, which had an absolutely stunning view - looking right over the ocean, which was gorgeous as we were arriving at the tail end of sunset (~8pm). The patio is also plated with 24k gold! We'll get you some better pictures tomorrow.
Our "angel" (who is assigned to meet our needs while we're here!) took us to our room, which took our breaths away - it's a gorgeous room with lounge chairs on a patio overlooking the ocean, a private plunge pool, daily re-stocked fresh fruit ... what more could you ask for? We can't WAIT for it to get light tomorrow to be able to fully enjoy it!
I parked myself on the lounge chair, listened to the ocean, watched the stars, and never want to leave here . Although it seems a bit ridiculous to say, I think this "vacation from our vacation of sightseeing" will be exactly what we need over the next few days. We feel so lucky to be here!
-Megan and Kevin