January 4th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 6 Responses

I’m writing this from the United Club* in Narita Airport (NRT). My flight to Seoul has been delayed 3.5 hours, so I have lots of time to finish this entry! It’s funny because my flight to Tokyo was also delayed 3+ hours. I guess I’m just having bad travel luck, but again, there are much worse places to be stuck than an international airline lounge.

* The ANA lounge is much nicer, but we’re in the United Club in case any announcements about our flight are made.

Aside from the long delay, my flight YYZ-NRT was pretty fun. Thirteen and a half hours in the air is a lot more bearable when you’re in an executive class pod!

EDIT: A lot of people are finding this entry randomly via Google. I do have a more recent entry where I take this same flight in J.

At YYZ — the super fast moving sidewalk was working for ONCE IN MY LIFE. Seriously, this thing is broken 99.9% of the time I go through YYZ.

Breakfast in the Maple Leaf Lounge.

Boarding! Executive class has its own door on this plane, which is nice. Mostly because I feel awkward as economy passengers file by and give me death glares.

Zzz. The start of a 3+ hour delay. At first they said we could stay on the plane, but then they forced us to deplane and wait. Mike pretends to sleep.

I look super thrilled.

Here’s what’s in the amenity kit if you’re interested: socks, sleep mask, face wipe, body lotion, lip balm, ear plugs, mint, toothbrush and toothpaste. The kit is nicer than the one they give out for daytime international flights.

Many hours and a crew change later, we were in the air!

Japanese meal for me, kudasai.

The Japanese meal appetizer.

I like it because there’s so many cute little things.

Air Canada chopsticks!

This was Mike’s appetizer — smoked salmon flower?

This was my main course — beef and eggplant and rice. Was it amazing? No. But it was edible! After the main course, there was a cheese plate, which I passed on, and then dessert. I had fruit (there was also cake).

Still a long way to go.

Somewhere over northern Manitoba, I think.

Insert about seven or eight hours where I dozed and watched Disney movies. The lie flat seat was very much appreciated on such a long flight.

Halfway there!

Somewhere over Russia?

This breakfast croissant is going to get you! I was pretty hungry by the time breakfast arrived. There are snacks available during the flight (dim sum, sandwiches, noodles) but I didn’t have any.

The Western breakfast. It was pretty good. There was also a Japanese breakfast.

Foreigner card time.

We finally made it to Tokyo!

Because I was able to actually sleep in a lie flat seat, I felt pretty good arriving in Tokyo. We hopped on the Narita Express, got to our hotel in Shibuya, and then I immediately headed to the nearest Taito Station to play some UFO catchers (much to Mike’s chagrin). But more on that in the next entry!

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