Back in the US of A

Back in the US of ASouth BaySouth Bay

Would love to be canvassing the SF Bay Area, seeking out Sunday late night light shots on our layover, but a thin slice of Burlingame will have to do.  That’s actually the moon at 800 iso along with a number of flights on final approach to SF.

From Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong we flew over some incredibly beautiful resort islands off the coast of Malaysia in the South China Sea, then over a pretty broad swath of Viet Nam with its hundreds of thousands of rice patties in the south, and then a great circle around Hong Kong showing us all sides of it.  It’s about 4.5 hours from KL to HK, then another 12.5 hours from HK to SF.  The cell phone cam just didn’t do any of it justice.

Transferring between airlines in HK is pretty cool – they have a transfer lounge with reps from every airline.  You just give them your bag check claims, they go retrieve your bags from the inbound flight, and then re-check them on the new outbound flight with the new carrier to destination.  The nice thing is you don’t have to stand in line and go through immigration.  You just do a quick security screen and they release you to the outbound concourse to be on your way.  It’s definitely a better method from the traveler’s perspective than what they make you do at west coast airports which involves shlepping your bags and going through immigration.

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