My adventure begins…with a bit more on EVA
It’s hard to explain the excitement that builds inside of me when I am getting ready for an adventure like the one I am on now…but my roomies and new friends from U Baan Hostel know what I mean. It’s also hard to believe how fast the time flies by when you are traveling, and I feel like it was just yesterday when I boarded my flight with EVA air!
I have to write one more post about EVA air because of their over the top service. I PROMISE this is my last advertisement for them. I really need to give a shout out to the flight attendants though, they are definitely AWESOME! After this, no more talk of EVA!
I had done all the right things in trying to get the best seat I could on the plane, and knowing that their flights from Seattle to Taipei don’t always fill up, I had changed my seat just before the 24 hour deadline to a row that had all vacant seats. I was anxiously waiting when I sat down on the plane to see if my luck would hold, and amazingly it did, I had all three seats empty! I had been having some issues with my knee and was hoping I would have the opportunity to stretch out across all those seats.
I was extremely happy when our plane departed and no one had been seated next to me. Once the seat belt sign went off I got ready to pull up the arm rests like all the other happy travelers with no one in their rows were doing around me. Much to my dismay, the flight attendants and I found that the very last row of THREE seats on the new 777 planes, or at the very least, on our plane, do not raise up! There went my exuberance over being alone in my row. In a last ditch effort, I moved to the VERY last row of the plane, which on the 777 is only two seats, but the arm rest DOES raise up. For about two or three hours I tried to figure out a way to configure my body to lay down on two seats.
After being unsuccessful at attempting to stretch out and sleep, I tried standing for a while, sitting in different positions, contemplating trying to squeeze my body on the floor between my seats and the row in front of me, etc., etc. After watching my attempts one of the flight attendants came up to me and asked me if I would like to switch seats. I had already done a few circles around the plane and knew there weren’t any rows that were empty, but the attendant had already asked one of the other passengers during one of my laps if they would change seats, and that person had agreed. At first I said no because I didn’t want the other passenger to have to endure my situation, but finally I relented, after both the attendant and passenger said it was okay.
I wanted to write about this, because I don’t really know how often airlines are willing to work with passengers like EVA did, and I was truly extremely appreciative of the kindness of both the attendants that arranged this, and the woman from Thailand that gave up her seat! I was now able to stretch across all three seats, get a few hours sleep, and stretch out my stiff knee. I am definitely going to write to EVA and extend my appreciation.
My last few comments are left for both the food, and the entertainment that EVA provides for their passengers. I have to say, at least for US standards, the food was extremely good. I really enjoyed both my free meals, all of the snacks, and the very strong whiskey/coke drink I had! There was also a really good selection of just released movies to watch, viewing them on a pretty nice 14″ screen in HD. Movies like, “Interstellar”, the third “Hobbit” movie, and others. My favorite of the movies I HADN’T seen in the theaters was “The Gambler” with Mark Wahlberg.
So, time to wrap up my first blog, it took me too long to write and post this entry, but I really wanted this first one to be about the my experience on the plane. Next up, my adventures in the malls at Siam Station, the food and markets around Wong Wain Yai, and the missed opportunity to go to Cambodia.