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The end of the around the world trip. Back in America.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

With a happy heart, and dreading a long ass flight I took a shared shuttle bus to the spic and span new airport. Finally I got to take the raised express way which was not possible on anything with two wheels. It was pretty damn nice with no stop lights, everybody running balls out and only two toll stops. It took maybe ten minutes to cover the distance which took me around two hours traveling along Sukhumvit road.

Slowly I had tapered off the super budget traveling which hovered around the 10-15 dollar per day range. Business class hotels and my own transport made me pretty hesitant to stay anywhere which did not have satellite tv and a good shower. The fifteen plus hours to California was definitely not something I was looking forward to and it would be safe to say added another couple of months to my Asia travels as I just dreaded the thought of being stuck in the flying tube. Had there been a nice trans-Pacific freeway, Amo and I would have been cruising for a week stopping to fish for whales along the way. I finally decided that I had to leave or risk spending writing a year six so I settled on something that would at least appease my apprehension.

$1400US for Business class on flights from Bangkok to Taipei then Taipei to Los Angeles. Fifteen hours scrunched in economy class during major cutbacks of service on airlines was very disconcerting. It was a ton of money especially versus on how long I could have lived with the cost in Asia. It however was the only semi-reasonable way of getting back to the States and not totally dreading it every second of the way. I am by the way worth it.

In the end, six movies and five meals later, I made it to LAX feeling rather spunky. The flights were actually a lot shorter than I would have liked as I had more creature comforts than I have had for a long time, and the food was kick ass. There is really such a huge difference between cattle class and superior humans. At less than twice the cost it was totally worth it.

And 18 hours after leaving my Bangkok home I arrived back in the good old USA. I do have to add though, flying out of Bangkok’s new International Airport and flying into LAX (Los Angeles International) it felt like I was flying back into a third world country. Man, the place was tired looking and worn out. Add the fact that sales tax is like 10%, what the hell happened. When I left it was like a little more than 7%. This was going to be rough.

THE END. Well, sort of.