So after spending a month in Taiwan, it was time to return to the States.
Checking in was a breeze, the line wasn't too long. My mom gave me her mileage points and applied for a spot on the waitlist for an upgrade, but since my ticket was a tour package fare, her mileage wasn't sufficient and that I could pony up some extra money to stay on the waitlist but that all the upgrade spots were full anyway (I'm not a fan of these "upgrade quota" systems that some airlines have).
At that point, I had over 2 hours to spare until I had to be at the gate, so I went exploring around and decided to take a trip to Terminal 1.
The lovely Terminal 2 ticketing hall, filled with BR
passengers bound for Austraila and the US.
Passed by this on my way to the skytrain. Another victim of the Mass Airline Die-out of 2008.
Inside the skytrain station.
And inside the skytrain. There's two cars, one car for the non-sterile side and one car for the sterile side. The skytrain for the A/D concourse is only accessible post-security.
The T1 skytrain station is connected to the arrivals hall, so I had to venture outside (and away from the air conditioning) to get to the departures hall. And I passed by this lovely sign (I really don't like that name).
The old T1 ticketing hall. It's been remodeled since I was last there (before CI
relocated their US-bound flights to T2
. And it was completely empty and desolate. Which prompted me to wonder why CI
wouldn't want to keep their US-bound flights in T1.
T1 does get nicer ticketing counter screens, though.
I like the new ceiling.
And here's something that I doubt will ever come to TPE
So after that, I went back to T2
, not bothering to go upstairs in T1 since the shops are all probably closed.
Just for comparison with that T1 shot from earlier.
This was outside the security checkpoint:
Going through security was a breeze, much less of a hassle compared to the TSA
I had some coins that I wanted to get rid of, so I headed up stairs to the food court.
Some delectable foreign foods:
So after getting some nice coffee, I went over to the concourse. T1 and T2
are joined at the concourse ends, so you can travel between the two freely post-security.
Cool pod-like smoking lounge in T2
And its not-as-cool-looking counterpart in T1
The half-rotundas at the end of the T1 concourses used to be for 3 narrow-bodies, but when T2
was built, the half-rotundas at the southern ends of the concourses were modified into single wide-body gates.
This was pretty cool, probably a result of EVA's partnership with Sanrio.
After a while of loafing around and checking out the stores, it was time to head to the gate for boarding.
The plane that would be taking me home, B-16701
Boarding was chaos like usual, everyone stood up and crowded around when they called for the J passengers to board.
The flight was pretty normal. The FAs started dinner service, and I opted for a chicken pasta thing which was horribly bland.
I watched What Happens in Vegas and some Taiwanese movie before sleeping.
And then I woke up just in time for Breakfast, and I choose the omelette, which tasted a lot better than the food I had on the way to Taipei.
Then we landed, and the rest was pretty uneventful.
But in the end, I'd still rather fly CI
. I miss their FAs.
This is my signature.