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Made it home

Mark and I made it home this afternoon, and boy are we tried.
We signed up for Global Entry to avoid the long immigration lines in San Francisco, so today we gave it a try. Scanning my passport went well, but once again my fingerprints did not, so I got a big X on my paper.

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This just meant I had to an officer look at my paper and my passport. Still saved lots of time.
Next time I will know what to do.

Going back to Mongolia

A couple days ago, on the news it stated that Mongolia was experiencing the coldest temperatures in the world. Here I come!
Should be an experience.

Taxi ride

I decided to take a taxi ride to the airport to conclude my visit to Japan.

It brought a sense of closure as I traveled to the airport the same as I did 5 years ago when I made my emergency stop there, but this trip a lot further.

They still stop the taxis as they arrive at the airport but this time, I was able to show them my passport.

The taxis were as fancy as I remembered with all the doilies on the seats, and the driver wearing gloves.

Now I have a whole new set of memories of Japan, and ones that I will remember with fondness.

We made it to Bangkok

We made it to Bangkok last night, and got to bed at 2:30 am. Now up at 7:00 to tour the Royal Palace. I think we will see some tired faces later.

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Oh! What a happy day.

The stars are with us today

We started our day with a delicious breakfast.

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We got to the airport with no problems, and received our tickets to Beijing. When we land there we will hopefully secure our tickets to Bangkok. One step at a time.
Since we arrived at the airport 3 hours early, and had some time to wait around for our flight,
Mark and I figured we would try our luck at getting everyone into the business class lounge.
We learned we could each take one person with the additional person costing $50.00. After all that has happened we decided to pay the fee without telling them so they could have yet another new experience. When they arrived and we told them they could join us, the excitement filled the room, so much so that the two employees at the desk decided to waive the fee. They told Mark it was an early Christmas gift :)
They really smiled when Pattie took their picture.

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We hope our luck holds up to get us to Bangkok.

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Pattie visits San Francisco

Just when I thought flying was trouble free, I was reminded today, that life doesn’t work that way for me. We arrived at the airport 2 hours early, anxious to start our trip. After a 90 minute delay we boarded the plane still thinking we would be okay for our connecting flight in San Fran. We were then told we could get off the plane as it would be another 2 hour delay. Mark and I started to worry while Pattie kept our spirits up with her positive attitude. Mark and I started making calls for alternate plans when Trish came running over to say it was the final boarding call. We all just grabbed our stuff and ran to the plane thinking it was all going to work.
The plane took off and we continued with our positive thoughts as we landed 50 minutes before take off. The smiles on our faces diminished as we sat 25 minutes on the runway waiting for a gate to open. Excitement again when we got up to the gate, only to fade away when I stood 20 minutes with the door open waiting for the jetway to get connected. After a few suggestions as to getting to the other side, they finally let us go down the steps to enter the terminal.
The sprint began for the mile run with Tom out front to see if we could hold the plane. A first for me to run that far in an airport.Oh! the sad faces when we looked at our plane sitting there with the doors closed, a couple minutes before we were suppose to take off.
Pattie has never been to California, so I guess we were meant to spend a day in San Francisco.
After we booked our same flight for tomorrow, we took a shuttle to a nearby hotel, and decided to show he the town. The COLD town as it is freezing here. Waiting for the shuttle.

She loved it.

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We took a taxi I to town so we could explore Pier 39.

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We hope to fly to Bangkok tomorrow.

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The twins are ready to go

We arrived at the airport 2 hours early to learn that the flight is delayed an hour. So now we just sit and wait.
Pattie had fun getting patted down at security. She got a little to close to the officer who told her that she must not be American as her sense of space was different. What culture could she possibly be from!!! Those friendly Canadians.
The twins are ready to go.

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We did not plan on wearing the same clothes.

Waiting at the airport!

As I write this blog, I am sitting in the business class lounge in San Fransisco Airport. I have a few hours to relax before my long flight to Beijing.

Presently I am wait-listed to travel in business class, so I hope the Wayment luck holds for a little longer. I will just find out at the time of bordering.

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I am happy to say that checking in for my flight went very smoothly. Many times when I am checking in, I am asked to show my green card, so I was hoping this was not going to be the case. I did not want to go into the long explanation of my American passport.

In order to fly to China you have to have a China Visa which is in my Canadian passport. This trip Mark and I will get a new visa since we have moved to Beijing which will be put in my American passport . Should be the end to all my traveling woes! I can hope.

I’m proud to be an AMERICAN

Today was one of the best days of my life. Will write more later, but I am officially an American citizen. Matt and I were at the consulate for almost 3 hours, with my hopes going up and down. Finally said the oath with tears (joyful) in my eyes, and said goodbye to my Green Card. Now I have to wait for 2 to 3 weeks to get my passport, which will be sent to my moms. So the big question how do I get back into the U.S.without my green card? the officer wrote a nice letter which I will give to the customs officer tomorrow, and see if he let’s me board the plane to come home with Matt. Otherwise an extended vacation in Canada. My feet still haven’t hit the floor, so I’m not worried. :)

Body Scan

Today was my first ever body scan at the Salt Lake International Airport. Just luck of the draw, as Mark went one way and I was sent the other way.

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Miss Christy, I thought of you. It wasn’t bad at all, so I survived.