After 4 flight changes and 3 nights in hotels paid for by the wonderful Cathay Pacific including at least 6 meals… we are home!
A level 10 Tyhpoon hit HongKong the day before we were scheduled to leave. The aftermath was thousands of stranded transit passengers in the airport. They didn’t want us added to the masses of stranded so we waited until the backlog had been cleared. It was actually rather nice to have a couple days of downtime and not have to pay for them. 🙂
Our flight from Toronto to Hongkong (more than 14 hours people!) was delayed by one hour. This delay, seeming so insignificant, actually was the cause of us requiring an overnight in HongKong. We took a shuttle from the aiport to the hotel located somewhere in HongKong. We had a room on the 26th floor. Quite a novelty as the tallest building here in the Sentani-Jayapura area has about 10 stories. The next morning we hopped on the shuttle back to the airport. At the airport we consumed our final McDonalds meal for the next two years and then boarded our flight to Jakarta. In Jakarta we had a 7 or so hour delay which we spent part of in the transit hotel. Jakarta airport is not a nice place to have long layovers in. It’s a chaotic place where at every turn you are bombarded with questions, do you need a cab? do you need a hotel? etc… There also seems to be a lot of people there who shouldn’t really be there, just hanging around… So at nine at night we left for Papua and arrived at 7:00 am.
Our MAF family took good care of us, meeting us at the airport, getting us meals that first and second day. We are so grateful for that!
The next day I did some groceries and experienced a rude awakening to life here. The grocery store was woefully understocked and smelly. I could barely manouver my cart full of groceries through the parking lot due to the prolific potholes. On the way home I met an inebriated fellow on our hill… Welcome back to Papua!