I’ve never done an airline review before, however, I feel the need to since I talked so much about this crazy long flight! Thus, I give you my Cathay Pacific review!
Our last morning in Hong Kong had me thinking about the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray re-lives the same day over and over again. In all honesty, I hate this movie. I haven’t seen it in years, and I refuse to watch it. Anyway, every time he wakes up I remember thinking, “not again!” It makes me want to bang my head against a rock. My rant does lead to something, I swear. While I thankfully didn’t experience the days events over and over again, I did re-live Saturday, May 18 twice. The thought of it is weird, which is what had me thinking of Groundhog Day to begin with.
We caught a 9AM flight out of Hong Kong, and 16+ hours later we arrived in New York, still on Saturday, May 18, with most of the day to go.
Consider my mind blown.
One thing I loved about Hong Kong International was the free Wi-Fi. We first noticed it while waiting for our layover to Thailand. This made me perfectly okay with getting to the airport early. I refused to catch up on work just yet, and instead wanted to watch the season finale of Once Upon A Time. Unfortunately, due to International copyright laws I couldn’t. Bummer.
We boarded our flight on Cathay Pacific and geared up for the extremely long ride home. I was so nervous about flying across the world, and honestly, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I think I have my Dr. to thank for that statement, as he provided the pills that knocked me out.
When I wasn’t sleeping, I caught up on movies I hadn’t seen yet (Silver Linings Playbook, anyone? So good!). I did get a little stir-crazy towards the end, but overall, it wasn’t bad. And those seats we upgraded to? Best. Decision. Ever. We had so much leg room!
Cathay Pacific charges $100 per person extra for two of the three exit row seats. We snagged one of the two, but upgraded so last minute that the only other seat available was the one they don’t charge for – right next to the emergency exit door. There’s no up-charge for this seat because it has the exit door’s “bump” in the way. Honestly, I feel like I’m giving away a huge secret here, but this was the best seat!!! I had plenty of room to spread out and the bump was amazing (hello, I got to relax with my feet up)!!!
While the flight ended up being nothing to freak out over, the immigration line coming back into JFK was another story. It. Took. Forever.
Once we dropped our things off at the house, I made my way to urgent care. Of course, right?! Why you ask? Well, remember those bug bites I talked about getting in Phuket? Well, my reaction to them ended up being not so good – my foot/ankle completely swelled – see?
Nothing a little medicine couldn’t cure, but so uncomfortable! Also, proof on why it’s important to get the recommended shots prior to traveling. You never know what mosquitos may carry! This could have ended up being a lot worse had we not gotten the shots recommended before traveling!