We did an "E-Checkin" for our plane trip at the internet cafe across from our hotel. I had already picked the seats that we wanted on both planes. For the 11 1/2 hour ride from Taipei to Los Angles we like the back of the 747 where the seats go from three across on the side to two across, row 59. The reason is there is a lot of space between the seat and the aircraft fuselage giving more room to spread out. It is like have isle seats on both sides of us.
We finished packing and hung out in the hotel lobby for our taxi that had been arranged for 1:00 PM pickup. At 1:05 Pm I walked across the street to where I had arranged the taxi and ask what was up. The lady made a call and said the driver would be at the hotel in about 10 minutes.
Twenty minutes later as I was getting ready to walk across the street again the driver showed up. He was not in a metered taxi but a nice car. He said there was a screw up of reservations and he would take us. The trip took about 1 hour and 45 minutes with moderate traffic.
No these are not pictures of Tijuana they are of Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
When we arrived at immigration in Los Angeles there were no lines and with Daeng's green card we just sailed right through. Out bags were already on the carousel and the same custom's officer we had last trip wished us happy greetings and said "Welcome Home!"
The RED Van shuttle took us right to our home without any other stops. At our home everything was in good shape so we spent a little time getting settled and put our heads on the pillows.
We are happy to be HOME in California! Total time from pillow at hotel in Pattaya, Thailand to pillow in our own bed: 31 hours.