Posts Tagged ‘Delta’

Arrival in Shanghai

March 16 2016

I am told that the plethora of good things that come my way is unfair.  I have just come to expect luck to be on my side.  For example, yesterday, I lost my phone in the airport.  I knew it was found and didn’t worry, so I calmly called myself and heard someone else answer.  Then, when I walked onto the plane and was given a new seat: in first class, with fully reclining seats, I was extremely grateful, but not surprised.  What I was surprised to find out was that my flight was 12 hours long!  (I didn’t pay attention to this detail before …)

In first class, they greeted me with a mimosa and pajamas.  So, I put on the pajamas.  Shortly into the flight, one-by-one, the flight attendants came over to check out the new Delta pajamas (turns out I was the only one who put them on, and this was the first flight that they offered them on!)  As usual, I befriended the entire cabin crew before the end of the 12 hour flight, and now I have super-comfy new PJs.

The food was super good in the first class cabin: smoked trout appetizer, a lamb dinner, and an ice cream bar (which I opted out of).  There were a few other things too.  The chair fully reclined, and was more comfortable than most hotel beds that I’ve slept in.

Then, I arrived in Shanghai and took a bus from one airport to another (about 1 hour bus ride). On this bus ride, I saw the largest billboard that I have ever seen.  It was about five times as tall as billboards usually are wide.  And, it hung over the highway, where there were three or four lanes of traffic in each direction and a huge median.

And, finally, after checking into my hotel, I ordered my first authentic (as authentic as an airport hotel restaurant that also serves pizza can be) Chinese dish: Shanghai food is meat of chaos.  It was quite yummy.  🙂

Lucky Day

January 23 2014

Today, I flew from New Orleans to San Francisco.  I wasn’t expecting the day to be particularly eventful, but it was.

First. I got a free ride to the airport.  It wasn’t a friend, it was a free shuttle ride.  All I had to do was tip the driver.

Second. The person in front of me at the airport food “restaurant” was in a jolly mood, so he bought me lunch (and later told me to send him an email because he needs people like me at his company).

Third. Lax Airport has delicious food.  I ate at Lemonade.  I had a four types of salad (kale, butternut squash, edamame, avocado).  Each was delicious, and very fresh. Oh, and I also had a giant Pistachio macaroon!

Fourth.  I was upgraded to first class on my flight from LAX to SFO.  Go Delta Silver!

Fourth. I rented a car from Fox.  After reading the reviews, I was very skeptical … but they charged $16 / day and the other companies were charging $56 (ok, I decided not to go with the cheapest option which was only $12 / day, but took two shuttles to get to).  I figured if I had a really bad feeling about it, I could just go with another rental company last-minute.  Surely one of them would have a car available.  It was super easy to get the rental (some people complained about long waits).  The staff was extremely courteous:  they gave me directions, put bags in my car, and refused to take a tip (some people complained about staff being rude).  The car was brand new, no dents/dings (some complaints were about the condition of the car).  Now, I don’t have a key remote, and I don’t have power windows.  But, I didn’t pay $56/day either.

Now, I am staying with Srinivas & Jenn for two nights, then with Varun on Friday.  Thanks, guys!