This was my first time heading to the Middle East, and the flight from KL to Bahrain was easily the worst international flight I’ve taken. Please pardon the upcoming rant. Like many flights, this was a packed plane with seats crammed together like cattle in coach. The guy in front of me reclined so much that the seat slammed against me every time he repositioned. There was no room to even open my tray table if I wanted to. This creates a chain reaction where everyone reclines just to have room, but do so at your own peril since people sitting behind tend to fight back. There was no support on my seat either. My seat kept getting kicked, pushing me forward into the one in front of me. As people walked down the aisle they’d grab and pull the seats next to them for balance, which would jerk the whole seat back.
After an 8-hour layover in the Kuala Lumpar airport, it was time to head to Bahrain, a small country bordering Saudi Arabia. Among the many security policies I find to be annoying are the policy for liquids. I finished my water, passed through security, and bought more water for the flight after passing through security. Then came the surprise – the gate had their own security check with the same no-liquid policy. Really? Is that needed? After passing through, you’re basically quarentined at the gate, with no access to water or bathrooms until you can get on the plane.
We’re heading to the Middle East, so I guess two security checkpoints feels like a great idea. But it’s a long flight so not being able to have water is a challenge. They’ll bring you a little 6oz cup of water when they offer drinks. Awesome. Thanks Gulf Air! Eck. I had looked them up and they actually came highly rated online so we’ll see.
I flew Wings Air to go from Bali via DPS Denpasar airport to SUB Surabaya airport in Java
My flight from Bali (DPS) to Java (SUB) was $29 on Wings Air. That’s the least I’ve spent on a flight up to this point. It’s a prop plane. That’s right, we’re flying a plane with a propeller. Hope we make it!
You can see the propeller on the Wings Air plane pictured above. I had last taken one on my trip through Belize and that was an adventure! Scary! I’ll post about the Belize adventure after I finish posting about the 15-country Asia trip.
In HK I was up nearly 22 hours for 3 days in a row, staying out late, then taking a nap, and exploring the city. It’s caught up to me. I flew into DPS and just crashed at my hotel. My first day in Bali was nearly a lost day – – lots of sleep. While typically try to see and experience as much as possible in a short 5-9 day vacay, this trip is set up to allow a much slower pace.
Hong Kong was tons of fun, but it’s a modern city, and I’m looking forward to getting to the beach and going diving.
So I had my first massage – 1 hour for less than $5! I could get used to this…
My trip begins! I just left the frozen tundra of NYC, which just had 20″ of snow (6th largest snow storm in NYC history), to go mostly warm countries near the equator. So stoked!
My trip is free on air miles, so I needed to go through Vancouver and Beijing to use them. Here’s the Air Canada plane that’s transporting me, and the view from the air in Vancouver:
I’m hoping to post lots of photos on this site, so hopefully wifi connections will be plentiful in my budget lodging.