So, as it turns out, getting to South-East Asia is no easy feat. Of course, our way may not have been the easiest way of doing it, but here's how it went:
Tuesday, July 3rd
5:00 AM - Haul ass out of bed.
5:30 AM - Drag same tired ass to airport.
7:30 AM - Clear American customs. Laugh at Kristelle when she is the only one who apparently looks sketchy enough to be searched. Laugh even harder when search includes cleavage area... never know what she might have in there!
8:00 AM - Board flight and get reasonably excited about things to come.
(Spend next 24-36 hours in plane - sleep, eat, watch movies, attempt more sleep, repeat)
3:00 PM Tokyo Time - plane lands in Tokyo. Steph's ears are completely blocked because of her cold and she wants to die. Great.
4:00 PM Still in Tokyo - Sleep in airport. Sketchy, we know... but oh so sleepy.
5:00 PM Still Tokyo - Steph is scared to get back on plane with stuffed nose and still blocked ears, so sets out on mission to find pharmacy. After extensive search of useless duty-free shops finds an information kiosk. Utters first Konocheewa (not how it's spelled... but you understand) and somehow manages to understand that there is a drugstore at terminal 56. Finds drugstore and signs to girl that she has a cold (cold??? points to nose and pretends it running - aaahhh cold!) Girl shows her where cold meds are but all boxes are in Japanese. Steph is confused, so let's girl pick. Girl picks giant horsepills with no English instructions. Steph pays 1700 Yen for pills and prays that they work. At our terminal, Steph succesfully transates instructions (with help, clearly) and takes two giant pills. Turns out, the Japanese know how to create miracle drugs for sinuses.
6:15 PM Tokyo - Board final flight to Bangkok. Try not to sleep so you can do so upon arrival. Fail miserably. Sleep for 3 hours, wake to the question "Chicken or Beef?", scarf down food, and promptly fall back asleep.
11:15 PM Bangkok Time - Land in Bangkok. Clear customs (and get pissed at guy for STAPLING your bloody passport!) and exit airport.
11:45 PM - Get dropped off at wrong hotel. Walk with nice doorman to correct hotel. Check in.
12:00 AM - Find smelly room on 4th floor and attempt to air it out.
12:30 AM - Since phones are much too complicated, head to internet cafe (FULL of people laying Warcraft, by the way) to reassure parents that we are not dead.
1:00 AM - Go back to hotel and attend to Josee-Anne's exploded stuff then try to sleep in the stifling heat/humidity.
Right... so, surely, you can all come up with far easier ways of getting here, but where would we be without a little adventure. Now, we are off to take a boat to a train to a park to a snake farm.
We'll attempt calling again when we can figure out the phone system... maybe.
Steph, Kris and Josie