December 22-24, 2016
The Home Stretch
I’m finally heading home. Although getting from Chiang Rai, Thailand back to Solon, Ohio only cost me only $350 the entire journey will take 57-60 hours. Here is what I have to go through to get back home:
12:00pm – 12:15pm: Taxi
Chiang Rai Apartment -> Chiang Rai Bus Station
12:45pm – 4:15pm: Bus
Chiang Rai Bus Station -> Chiang Mai Bus Station
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Taxi
Chiang Mai Bus Station -> Chiang Mai Airport
wait for 5 hours
8:45pm – *12:45am (23rd): Flight
Chiang Mai Airport -> Hong Kong Airport
wait 11 hours until my flight / drink coffee and stay away all night
The airport was freezing and I got so annoyed by the blaring loudspeakers. Every 10 minutes a notice about passengers flying to/from the Middle East and warning them not to touch birds or camels. I wonder how many people had their entire trip routined after realizing they couldn't go an pet stray camels?
I was successful and stayed awake the entire night. I took pictures of the empty airport (shutterstock potential) to keep my mind active.
*move 1-hr ahead
11:50pm (23rd) – *12:35pm: Flight
Hong Kong Airport -> Chicago O'Hare Airport
slept during 14.5-hr flight with the help of alprazolam and complimentary red wine. Also, I lucked out because they had "Flight of the Conchords" on the onboard entertainment. I want to thank you, Logan P, for that reccomendation a while back...great show!
step foot in the USA after being away for 495 days / wait 11.5 hours until next major mode of transit
*move 14-hr back
10:00pm – 11:00pm: Metro
Chicago O'Hare Airport -> Chicago Megabus Station
I did not freeze my ass off walking the streets of Chicago like I had imagined (after so long in the tropics my body gets the chills in the mid 60s).
I camped out at a Panera and from a quick google search I found a nearby yoga studio. The studio was offering unlimited classes during a free 7-day trial membership. I signed up online and walked 10 minutes for a free yoga class. It was nice because afterwards I was even able to shower. It was a core yoga (or power core) franchise and representative of yoga in America. I miss real yoga! I'm sure that when Japanese come here and are given California Rolls they immediately have flash backs to Pearl Harbor. Sushi is raw fish. Yoga is an 8-limb philosophy, where only 1 of those limb is Hatha Yoga--the asanas or, physical postures that the western world knows of yoga.
11:50pm – *8:20am: Overnight Bus
Chicago Megabus Station -> Cleveland Megabus Station
sleep during 7.5hr over-night busride with the help of alprazolam and lorazepam
*move 1-hr ahead
8:30am – 9:00am: **Personal Driver
Cleveland Megabus Station -> Parent's Home in Solon, Ohio
**My Friendly Father