So, after a whirlwind trip and after traveling completely around the world, it is back to the grind as they say. Having just recently gotten back from South Korea, things have definitely been tough to get adjusted to.
After parting from the group in a fast and not so complete goodbye at Kochi airport, Leah and I set off on our own adventure to Seoul. The only problem was, we would have to wait in the airport in Kochi until check in at 12:30. After spending hours in the airport trying to hold onto our bags and not fall asleep, we were on a plane to Hyderabad and then Delhi to get onto our flight on Asiana Air. Little did we know what an adventure it would be!
When we finally did arrive in Delhi, we realized that our next flight was about an hour and 20 minutes after our arrival time and that we would have to get our bags and re-check them because of the change in airlines. After getting our bags (which was much quicker than in Kochi) we ran to the check-in area only to find that the check in for not only our flight, but all Asiana Air flights had closed. We spoke to the woman at the information desk and got re-directed to the Air Asia desk about three times before we were convinced that we would not be making it to South Korea that night and that we were going to be stuck in the Delhi airport.
Luckily, one more passenger arrived at the information desk who was also supposed to be on our flight and this apparently prompted the woman at the information desk to call Asiana Airlines in an attempt to get us checked in and on our flight. The next thing we know, a woman who is calm and collected strolls up and takes us over to a check-in desk to get our bags checked in and get our boarding passes printed. After calming down, we are given our boarding passes and it becomes chaotic all over again, fighting to get through security and running to our gate only to find that they delayed the flight by 30 minutes for us. Which was (unfortunately) very obvious as we came running up frantically, tears in our eyes and because as we were getting on the plane, one of the Asiana Air employees so kindly stated, “Next time, don’t be late for your flight.” Thank you, sir.
On the plane we were calm again and I was ready for my adventure in South Korea. Leah, due to unfortunate circumstances, would leave to go back to New York when we got to Seoul, but I was so excited to see my roommate from college and was ready for a Korean adventure!
~ Jennie Putnam