Last day in Asheville. All packed up (except for Batam gifts) and ready for my four flights
and taxi/ferry journey. Not looking forward to the trip as most of it will be in a middle seat. Imagine, 5 hours in the middle seat crossing the U.S. and then 16 hours in the middle seat crossing the Pacific Ocean. My aisle seatmate is not going to like me asking him/her to let me out every hour or so.
I’m flying from Asheville on US Airways, which means multiple baggage fees, then Delta (more baggage fees) and finally on China
Southern from LA to Guangzhou, China, to Singapore. My first flight leaves Asheville at 9:30 am EST and I arrive in Singapore about 40 hours later (losing a day in transit, as well). Hopefully, hopefully, there will not be overnight delays like I encountered on the trip here. If everything goes well, I should be in Batam on Saturday afternoon, May 11.
Mostly, my stay in Asheville has been house-bound, enjoyable downtown, and recovering
from jet lag. Stayed awake all night the day I arrived but sleep has been better each day. We have gone out a few times, as described in previous posts, and sunday we went to the house of some of my daughter’s friends tfor a Cinco de Mayo party. We had also planned to go to a downtown festival but the weather has been mostly rainy and the event was cancelled.
The party was at Shawna and James’ house in town. Plenty of great Mexican food, beer and margaritas. There were maybe 20 guests, kind of a Seattle-like grunge crowd. Several musicians, guiters, lots of tattoos and some jamming after eating.
Yesterday, Danny, Kim and I went for barbeque at 12 Bones downtown. Excellent pulled pork, corn bread, collard greens, smoked potato salad and sweet tea. Last night, while Kim and Danny were off practicing with their band for a performance Saturday night, Lena and I went through my Indonesian photos. Today, my last day here, I will pick up my Batam gifts and we plan to go out to dinner tonight.
The holiday is about over and I’m looking forward to returning to my new home.