Here we are (finally!) at the end of our trip to China! It was such a fun trip, but we were excited to get home to see our kiddos! Our first order of business was repairing our suitcase that had a large rip in it. We left our hotel and walked towards the subway. There was a little convenience store, and they had some tape!
We stood on the corner and taped up our suitcase. Crazy Americans!
Not pretty, but better than having our stuff fall out. 😉 And, thankfully, there weren’t many people out and about on a Saturday morning.
We could have taken the subway all the way to the airport, but we got off early so we could ride the fastest train in the world, the Shanghai Maglev Train. The Maglev is a magnetic levitation train that goes from the Pudong airport to kind of nowhere. 😉 So, we got on at nowhere and rode to the airport. We got some more views of the city on a rainy day.
We went fast! About 268 mph! And it was a very smooth ride.
I didn’t really get pictures of the train until we got off at the airport.
And one of our favorite signs:
I suspect most people don’t want to leave their stuff on the luggage trolley, but you never know.
We checked out the snack store again.
We got some snacks for the flight home. 😉 (Not really.)
At least this one says it’s “natural.” Whatever it is!
As a little side note, I’ve realized I rarely go into a convenience store in the United States. On our vacation last summer, we occasionally bought some snacks when we stopped to fill up for gas. At one gas station between Iowa and Florida, I saw a package of “Fried Pork Fat.” It looked like onion rings. So, we Americans eat weird stuff, too.
We wanted to eat some lunch before our flight, so we opted to stop at Burger King. On the menu … Jack Daniels. No wonder they guy we met on an earlier flight thinks Americans drink Jack Daniels all the time! 😉
Our flight departed on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and we arrived back in the U.S., at the San Francisco airport, on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Talk about a long day! 😉 I must say, our 10 hour flight seemed rather short, thanks to our crazy long trip going to China. Unfortunately, we weren’t home yet. Our next stop was Denver and then, finally, Des Moines. Our flight in San Francisco was delayed and eventually changed to a different gate on the opposite side of the airport. I managed to leave our boarding passes in a bathroom, and realized it after getting over to the new gate. We had to race back, find that the boarding passes were gone, and get new ones issued. Thankfully, someone had turned them in at the closest gate, and I was able to get new ones. Our connection in Denver was going to be tight, but thankfully people actually let those with tight connections off the airplane first and our connecting gate was very close. We did not want to miss getting home! It was nice to see the familiar sights of Des Moines from the air!
Thanks, China, for a fun trip and memories for a lifetime! Andrew wants to visit you sometime, so maybe we’ll be back!