Take off

Quicky: it’s raining a lot at Narita. And the captain just informed us that it is very busy today. Take off will be slow this time.

Awesome!

Quicky: this airplane has an outside camera which you can use. That is so ridiculously awesome!

Here’s a thought

Quicky: the trip to Hong Kong will take about 4,5 hours I just heard.

But to the point: I think now I know why people had been standing in line at the gate for so long. The ridiculous amounts of luggage people will bring on the plane! They were maybe making sure that they could store their things in the overhead compartment..

Just wow. Apart from the delay, now we’re already late for departure.

Also, I’m not at the plane I saw land earlier. 😛

Queueing

Quicky: it’s not even close to boarding time, but Asian folks must really like standing in a queue in front of the gate.

I don’t get it. People have a reserved seat, the plane does not depart with people still at the gate, why do you have to be the first one on board and stand in line now, while you can sit and wait for the gate to open?

At the airport, home bound

Quicky: so I’m at the airport, waiting. Luggage has been checked in, passport and boarding pass have been checked. My flight leaves in about an hour and a half, bound for Hong Kong.

I’ve been told that, although my airplane leaves about half and hour late, I will be in time in Hong Kong. Yes, the connecting flight leaves about two and a half hour after the planned arrival, which should leave plenty of time to make up for this delay.

I’m not sure yet at what gate I will have to be in Hong Kong, but I’ll look that up over there. Information is readily available and pretty clear, I’ve noticed on my way here.

Arriving at Narita Airport

Quicky: when you take the Narita Express bus to the airport from Kasai eki (station), you will be taken straight to the airport, which is very convenient. It costs ¥1550.

At the airport however, be prepared to know at which terminal you need to be. Cathay Pacific was at terminal 2, the first of two stops the bus will make.

When arriving, a security check for your passport will be made. This is the time for you to ask the inspector at what terminal you need to be, if you don’t know. Be prepared for the fact that the inspector may not speak English.

Delay

Quicky: now at Narita International Airport. My flight has been delayed for 25 minutes, already… Departure is now in 200 minutes.

Green

Quicky: in the city and alongside of the express way in the city, not much green can be found. But here halfway til Narita, things are much greener and less concrety.

Also, here it is obvious again that most hill sides and sound barriers, so to say, are concrete enforced. It shows, but I suppose that’s only practical.

Note: as you may have surmised, I have not experienced any earthquakes during my stay.

Characteristic

Quicky: one aspect of Japan can be described as rusty. Many things of iron or similar metals or alloys maybe, have lots of rust stains. Bridges, buildings, etc.

Not very nice to look at. I suppose that’s one thing the Japanese save on.

Let me reiterate that the Japanese use stewards everywhere, for which a budget has to be available, I imagine.

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