|Manila at sunset|
I was due to arrive in Prague just before noon.
I LOVE VINTAGE SHOPS
|Roasted duck for lunch on Day 1 in Prague|
I really like going to vintage shops in Paris and Prague, so I included this in the itinerary for Day 1 in the Czech Republic.
|This is where we had dinner in Prague last night....|
On this original schedule, we were supposed to skip lunch and then just have a big gastronomic dinner in Prague.
Instead we ended up arriving earlier than scheduled, enabling us to have our lunch and enjoy dinner too.
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SLIGHT DELAY TURNS INTO
Anyway, back to my story. That night, our flight from Manila to Hong Kong was slightly delayed.
Ordinarily, a slight delay isn't a big deal. But this time our turn-around time to catch the plane for Istanbul was so tight that we were actually in danger of missing our flight.
I've never ever missed a flight in my life so far, by the way.
NO PROBLEMS. LIFE'S GOOD.
For some reason, this delay didn't really bother me -- and even now I don't know why. But on the way to Hong Kong, I didn't even give the delay a second thought.
I had a full meal, thinking my next meal would be breakfast.
There would be dinner after take-off on flight #2, of course, but I was planning to hit the snooze button as soon as we flew out of Hong Kong, and sleep all the way to Istanbul.
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He said: "You'll have to hurry to catch your plane. And your luggage may not make it."
I certainly wasn't getting on an airplane without my luggage. So far, this has never happened yet in the thousands of trips I've made.
HOW ABOUT GOING TO FRANKFURT INSTEAD?
|Frankfurt airport yesterday at 6 AM|
So he said: "But we can put you on the flight to Frankfurt after midnight, and then you can connect to Prague on Lufthansa."
|Chinese breakfast on the way to Frankfurt from Hong Kong|
I asked him: "What airplane is it to Frankfurt? Is it a flat bed?"
It's a flat bed from Hong Kong to Istanbul on business class, you see, so as long as Hong Kong-Frankfurt was a flat bed too, I didn't mind changing routes, airplanes or airlines.
|Flat bed, good food and a nice cabin|
from Hong Kong to Frankfurt
FRANKFURT, HERE WE COME...
So in a Hong Kong minute, we found ourselves flying to Frankfurt instead of Istanbul.
From Frankfurt, we hopped onto a Lufthansa flight for a 45-minute flight to Prague.
Business class was the typical European regional flight configuration of three economy seats seats in two columns, with the middle seat taken out.
|Breakfast on Lufthansa's 45-minute|
Frankfurt - Prague flight
MULTI-TASKING AS USUAL
|At the transit counter at Hong Kong airport|
And, yes, I'm really living a never-ending Travelife.
But I was pretty non-plussed, for some reason.
WHAT 15 MINUTES CAN DO
FOR A NEVER-ENDING TRAVELIFE
|My next spa destination in South Africa|
I'd been thinking of doing so, after our Travelife trip to South Africa in four weeks' time, but I hadn't gotten around to doing anything about it.
That is, until the other night, when I found myself with a spare 15 minutes in front of the transit counter at Hong Kong airport trying to find an alernative way to Prague.
|Spa time again next month.|
This time in South Africa...
All in the time it took to get us seats to Frankfurt and to print out our boarding cards. In Hong Kong a few days ago, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.