2. I always request a window seat. I love looking out across cities as we take off and land...especially at night. The picture to the left is the view I received. Is it technically a window seat without a window?
4. After calling for our driver to return to the airport and him finally finding where he had parked, we got to the hotel only to find we had been upgraded to a suite...on the women's only floor. Yes, that does exist in this region.
5. I managed to trip up the stairs into the airplane. Potentially broken, but I'm continuing on as if it's fine. I'm sure it's just a sprain. :)
6. We dubbed him "the child." He screamed/cried the entire takeoff (plus some), ran up and down the aisles, stood on the seats, and climbed under the seats. He was at least 5 years old. I may have punched him. (You can do that in this region.)
7. We dubbed her "the woman." She slept through most of the flight, tried to push my seat upright when it was reclined, slammed the tray table shut 3-4 times before she figured out how it latched, and didn't pay any attention to "the child" until I punched him.
8. We dubbed them "the women." They were watching 5-6 kids under the age of 8, had no control, and were children themselves (under 18 for sure). The stood during landing despite all of the flight attendants yelling at them to sit down because the plane was about to touch down. They were with "the child" and "the woman."
10. We got lost on our way home from a restaurant one night. Every single person we asked for directions said straight and to the left. We decided that means "I have no idea." After walking for at least 45 minutes, we got a tuk-tuk, which drove in circles after asking for directions at least twice.
11. Note. If a random guy stops you and says "that place is closed for a holiday. we'll take you on a different tour first and bring you back when it opens," don't believe him...especially when there are lines of empty tour buses outside the destination. Outwitted, buddy!
12. The most fascinating place in a palace is the weapons room...if they have a lot of powerful fans on a hot day.
13. As we were walking down the street after dinner, we looked into a massage place and there were 7-8 men all getting foot massages. As funny as that looked, it was even funnier when we found out it was one of our donors who had treated a bunch of Pakistani men to their first foot massage.
14. We left for the airport 3 hours before our flight. The taxi went down the street, took a left, and immediately stopped in completely jammed traffic. 30 minutes later and a meter that had doubled in amount, we had gone half a block. The driver managed to turn around and go back to our hotel and selected a new route, which had no traffic on it.
15. Due to the traffic jam, we ran out of money to pay the taxi. We literally counted our last baht 1-2 km away from the airport. Thankfully the driver didn't count the handful of coins we gave her. We were at least 10 baht short. Unless she wanted EGP, she wasn't getting any more money.
16. I've never had someone look through my passport and visas so slowly as the girl at the ticketing counter did. She analyzed them so carefully and had to make sure they were valid. The funny thing is, even if it wasn't, I can just buy another one in the airport here. It's the blessing of having an American passport.
17. Upon arriving here, we fought the battle of "taxi? taxi?" After getting a limo (AKA private car) to agree to 100 LE, we loaded our luggage and got in the car. As he was about to pull away, they said it would be 120 LE. Let me just say...don't mess with tired girls who live here. We will argue and win.
It was so good to get home and sleep in my own bed. Pure craziness, but a great adventure. Maybe I'll tell you about the other stuff later.