The first part of any Arizona to Taiwan trip is a misery. There’s no long and short of it, it’s just a royal pain.
Arrive two hours early (at 5:30AM) for a 7:30 flight.
Flight to LA, 1 hour.
6.5 hour layover in America’s most miserable airport – no thanks, we decided to take a train and get out of the airport.
2 hour transit by train to a mostly random destination. If the ride had been shorter, we could have gone to the La Brea Tar pits, but ti wasn’t.
1 hour eating at a fast food restaurant
2 hours back to the airport by train
Arrive 1.5 hours before flight and wait.
Fly on plane for 14 hours in astounding agony of crampness.
Finally fall asleep on the flight with only 9 hours remaining… wake up: there’s only 7 hours
Repeat at 5 hours and 3 hours.
Watched Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief. Did they even bother to read the original book? Sucked. Totally wrong.
Arrive Taipei, go through immigration, customs and then drive 90 minutes to get into Taipei!
25 hours to make the distance. Misery. Pure Misery.