Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flight Delayed!

The first leg of their trip home was to be a short flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. Unfortunately, things did not go so well.

Pipkin and Domo got to the airport bright and er - early. It was another smoggy day in Beijing. On days like this, it's hard to tell the time of day. It's late morning, and the flight was to take off at noon.

But as they waited to board the plane, they watched the skies darken. It was difficult with the smog to tell why.

Just when they thought it couldn't get any smoggier, they realised it was actually a huge storm coming in, just as they began to board the plane. In all honesty, the above photograph doesn't do the situation any justice. It was noon, but it looked to be around midnight! The sky was black! All the lights around the airport had to come on.

The pilot was doing his best to takeoff, but sadly, the plane's place in the queue wasn't ahead enough to get in front of the storm. A torrential downpour began and the plane was stuck on the tarmac for an hour. Pipkin and Domo had a very short window of time before their connecting flight would take off from Hong Kong to Toronto, Canada, and sadly, they missed their second flight.

They were given a voucher to stay overnight at an airport hotel in Hong Kong, and Pipkin got pretty upset about being delayed going home. He wanted nothing more than some fresh, raw veggies and to leave behind the fast-paced city life in Beijing. Domo did his best to console Pip, but the driving rain didn't help much.

Soon enough, the plane took off, and the two found their way through the airport in Hong Kong to settle in for the night.

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