Day Long Return July 26, 2010

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After a small breakfast at the hotel cafe downstairs, we had a bigger lunch with my uncle at 11am before his flight to Beijing. We also ate with a guy who designed the Shanghai and Yantai airports that we landed in, and two of the people that helped us out the past couple days by taking us around and driving us. I’m not exactly sure who these people are. My aunt knows them somehow.

We met up with my mom’s old college classmate at the airport while waiting for our flight. They chatted for quite a while as my brother and I strolled around the airport looking at stuff.

The flight to Vancouver felt a ton shorter than our flight from Vancouver to Beijing, even though the flying time was about the same. Maybe it was because we didn’t have the 3 hour delay in the plane that we had on the way to China, or maybe it was just because we were used to the long flight already.

After a 3 or 4 hour wait at Vancouver International Airport, we flew back to San Francisco in two hours and were picked up by my uncle. He took us back to his place where we had dinner with my aunt’s family and my grandparents, and then drove home.

We arrived home at around 10pm, almost exactly 24 hours after leaving Shanghai.