Edinburgh to Taiwan in one day
The journey to Taipei was a long one lasting over 24 hours. I started off by catching two buses from my flat in Edinburgh to Edinburgh airport. Catching the flight to London Heathrow was simple enough, although I found out that as I had booked my second flight from London heathrow to Taipei through a differnt airline, I had to carry my baggage to another terminal at Heathrow and check it in again. Arriving at heathrow I entered at terminal 5 and was plesently surprised to collect my baggage almost as soon as I arrrived at the baggae colection area. I then had to find my way from Terminal 5 to 4, which at heathrow is via two trains and changing at terminals 1 to 3. Finding the correct platform was a bit tricky as none are say terminal 4, but with some help from the guard I was on my way. Checking in the bags was easy and I was soon on my flight. I flew with China airlines on an airbus A340-400. The plane was comftable enough, with a choice of 12 films, 50 cds of music and many TV shows and documentries. So the journey was not too boring. Even though it was 13 hours. I also had a nice guy from Taipei called Roy who spoke excellent english. So I had someone to chat to and ask questions about Taiwan. When I arrived I was supposed to meet my Friend and her Sister, but they were held up by traffic, so I had to wait for about an hour in the arrivals hall. Whilst sitting there I had a few Taiwanese men ask me if I wanted a taxi and if I wanted a hotel, they were quiet persistant, by I told them I already had plans for transport and accomodation. When my Fiancee and her sister finally arrived they took me to the bus depot to go to where I was to stay. It was very nice to see my Friend as it has been six months since I last saw her. But I was only with her for 1 hour that evening as her bus was in the other direction. I then was taken by my Friends sister and her sister's boyfriend to his flat where I was to stay for my three weeks visit. It involved taking a 40 minute coach journey and a train. We chatted the whole way, but thier English ability made it interesting, and as my Chinese is not very good it took a while for them to explain things to me. On the way they took me to Taoyuan to try some fruit drink with tapioca and papaya seeds. It was a bit of a shock after a long journey on a plane, the main road had no pavement and we had to weave through traffic just to get from one place of the town to another. I finally arrived in his flat in the middle of the night after having no sleep for over 40 hours and I was very gald to go to sleep.