Gate 44 at Hong Kong airport says ‘Boarding Soon’ for the Cathay Pacific flight .. and below that there is some artwork courtesy of Vancouver airport – all kinds of human-animal creatures rowing the boat (check out the beaver – his tail gives him away). I think the artwork wants to say all creatures are in the same boat (aka earth).
Soo .. I was treated a little better by Canadian customs this time. Good afternoon, Bonjour! said the guy when I presented my passport. Thinking : Yes. Yes. Don’t you speak Canadian French to me, just stamp the passport. : ) Besides dealing with customs, this Canadian connection is a hassle, because I had to check in again at Alaska Airlines to get to Seattle. It’s a 40 min noisy propeller plane ride (exciting in a way – admittedly). But they also have to transfer my luggage, which increases the risk of it not showing up in Seattle – so if I have a choice (it’s all about getting a fairly priced ticket) I will not use this itinerary again.