On the way to China

So I’ve been in China for 2 days now and I finally have some time to write in this blog.

First, I wanted to share something about the flights and how they were.

The first flight, which was Bucharest-Vienna, was about an hour and a half. We arrived on time, the “snack” was nice and the seats were very comfortable. There was a lot of space around the seat, so it was cool. By the way, I used Austrian airlines, for both flights.

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This is what the “snack” looks like. They offer you either a chocolate wafer or some salty crackers (in this package there were around 7-8 crackers, so it’s not much) and for drinks you have a lot of options – orange/apple juice, coffee, tea, water, 5 different types of wine… etc.

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After arriving in Vienna, I had about 3 hours to spend at the airport, which seems a lot, but they passed quite fast.

The first thing I noticed on the plane were the seats. They were so much smaller than the previous ones and they were very uncomfortable, too.. But somehow, 9 and a half hours passed fast..oh yeah, and I could not fall asleep at all so I spent the time by watching movies =D By the way, one of the movies I watched was “The age of Adelaine” with Blake Lively and I really enjoyed it, you could check it out if you’d like.

So maybe 1 hour after we took off they started serving the dinner. They offered either a vegetarian pasta or chicken with something. Since the chicken smelled really nice I chose that. =D

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I’ve heard many people say that airplane food is awful and that you shouldn’t eat it, but.. I don’t know if I was just very hungry or what, but I really enjoyed it! I think it was delicious, especially the desert, which was a yogurt with blueberries. Oh yeah, the Chinese guy next to me thought the yogurt was some kind of a topping for the chicken (well, he didn’t eat it so it was okay). =D So, chicken with rice, a small salad, a desert, a cup of water and a cup of orange juice and a small bread was more than enough food for a tiny person like me (but not enough for some Chinese people who ate this for some.. 5 minutes).

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture for the breakfast, but I will try to describe it the best I can. It was a long, cold (yeah, it was served cold) sandwich, with some bacon and salad and it was very tasty. And I also had a smaller, sweet sandwich (I think it was with peach marmalade), which looked more like bread crumbs to me.. but it was also delicious.

So the plane arrived on time, and when I got to the airport it was pretty empty. I got through passport control pretty quick and it was time to take a small train to pick up my baggage. Fortunately, as soon as I located the belt for my flight, I saw my baggage, so I proceeded to the next passport control, where they check your luggage and after that you’re free to go!

I wanted to take a taxi, because I had way too many stuff to walk and take a subway/or any other transport. I got into a taxi, I told the driver where I wanted to go, and we drove off. The trip was about an hour and there wasn’t that much traffic so we got to the northeast gate of Tsinghua pretty fast. For anyone wondering how much I paid for the trip from the airport to Tsinghua – since Tsinghua is more in the beginning of Beijing, and there wasn’t that much traffic, I ended up paying RMB 148, which was great.  After I registered in the Zijing building №19, which was a pretty fast procedure, I proceeded to my room, about which I will talk in another post.

 

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