|Welcome to the US of A
||[Jul. 29th, 2010|12:23 am]
“Best to place the cough mixture in a zip lock bag lest it breaks due to the pressure in the aircraft cabin” that was what Doctor Michael from Raffles Medical told me last Sunday.
Needless to say, I ignored his advice, thinking that a single zip lock bag could contain everything and as luck would have it; the darn bottle broke in mid-air spewing its contents all over the bag and the other pills. Thank goodness for the 4-hr transit in Dubai which gave me time to drag that sorry bag of stuff to the restroom and give it a good thorough wash before boarding the flight to Los Angeles. Must have looked like a complete fool doing so.
Did I also mention that we almost missed our connecting flight in Dubai? A total miscommunication/lack of situational awareness on the admin crew’s part led to us standing there looking completely helpless and unable to board as the rest of the world sauntered past us and into the plane. Despite our fervent protests and detailed explanations, all she could offer was a simple “You cannot board the plane, you do not have your ESTA”! Imagine the look of disbelief on our faces when the ground controller asked her if the plane was free to take off without us! Thankfully (and by God’s grace), her brain clicked into place and she saw some sense to flip through out passports, thus revealing our VISAS! The next few minutes were a complete blur as she flew into a multi-tasking frenzy, typing stuff on the phone and yelling at people to hold the plane for us. I wonder if guilt had anything to do with her gung ho-ness, which ultimately got us on the plane (seated far away from each other no less). Still, I’m thankful that we did not miss our flight and nothing too serious happened (save for the pretty good scare they gave us).
Landed at LAX, got on the flyway, AMTRACK and finally here I am at San Diego! Lucky D’s (our hostel) looks pretty decent. Downtown SD looks good, had our first dinner in the US of A which incidentally, happened to be the BEST hot dog I’ve ever tasted in my life! It was this mean chili cheese melt dog off Sixth Avenue, diagonally across the Urban Outfitters Store (Massive Drools but self control please).
Got some water and beer off the corner mart and ended the day at the hostel lounge with Clarence, my Mac and some beers. (Wireless here isn’t too friendly, hence the need for strategic spots to get the best coverage). Pictures soon I promise.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, Alex didn't have too good a flight from Dubai and he crashed early, think he wasn’t feeling too good the entire night. Get well soon man~
Cheers ya’all. More stories and pictures to come. Yawn