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I'm going to blog my trip to China here...

I was scheduled to fly out last night at 5:45. That would get me in Hong Kong at 5:45AM with my 2 hour lay over at LAX.

Unfortunately, Chicago had a snow storm and despite leaving for the airport by 3:00 PM, I was still stuck in traffic by 5:45. It was almost 8PM when I rolled into the parking lot of a hotel near the airport. A trip that normally takes me 45 minutes has taken me 5 hours. Below is a picture of my car from this morning.

I called American Airlines and they switched my flight to a Japan Airlines flight leaving at 10:55 this morning. This gets me into Hong Kong at 10:30 at night after a 3 hour layover in Tokyo.

Unfortunately, crossing from Hong Kong into China is like crossing over from one country to another. There are customs, security, etc. Because there's a chance that it will be too late to get transportation, I now have to book a room at a hotel in Hong Kong and not head out to my final destination mainland until Friday morning. *sigh*
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Haha.. no. I just left the hotel in Chicago a couple hours ago.

I'm currently hanging out at the JAL lounge drinking screwdrivers waiting for my plane to board at 10:25AM. Then it's about 13 hours to Tokyo. I then connect 3 hours later with my flight to Hong Kong. You guys aren't going to see my online again until tomorrow.
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Hope your flight is not delayed. Bad weather in the mid-west.
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Hope your trip goes well and is fruitful!
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Thanks. In Tokyo now, waiting for my connecting flight.

Sitting here at a Kirin (yes, as in the beer) City bar. I can honestly say nothing on the menu looks good. Maybe I'm just not hungry enough.

The attached photo is from Kirin's menu....
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Thanks. In Tokyo now, waiting for my connecting flight.

Sitting here at a Kirin (yes, as in the beer) City bar. I can honestly say nothing on the menu looks good. Maybe I'm just not hungry enough.
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Go for the eel.
No! Go for the Weenis.
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These pictures are from Wednesday morning when I took off.

The first is the plane waiting for take off. Naturally, I had to shut off all electronics, put my tray table up and put my seat into the upright position during take off and landing.... but I took a second picture after take off showing Chicago below the plane. Hey! It looks just like Google maps!
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