I woke up 4:30 AM.
I checked in using an automated check-in machine, then I went to Seven-Eleven on the first floor to buy candies to the office workers and my students of the institute.
I went through the immigration, and then looked around shops in the airpot to look for souvenirs for Katya.
Before the departure, I spent my time in a Sky Team lounge, taking a light breakfast.
Then I got on a Delta plane for Honolulu bound for Narita.
I took a seat, half asleep. A male passenger came to me with a boarding pass with the same seat number. Cabin attendants came, took my boarding pass, talked with walkie-talkies, and took me out from the plane. I was out alone.
Double-booking! They chose me out instead of the guy probably because his destination was Honolulu, while mine was Narita.
“Very sorry. It was our mistake. We arranged a business-class seat of KAL for you. It leaves in 30 min.”
It was not a bad situation, I thought at that moment. I might be able to have some rest on a better seat.
I thought I would directly go to another gate for the departure, but it was wrong. A lady suddenly started running up the stairs.
“Are we running?” She looked back at me and nodded. I had a suitcase with no wheels and a backpack with me, so it was not a pleasant idea running. But I thought it was only to the different gate. Wrong!
I do not know exactly why we had to do, but the lady and I went through the security areas twice. We went to an immigration office once, where bureaucratic documentations were proceeded. On the way, the lady grabbed a cart, put her and my bags, and started pushing it and running much faster. ”This way, we can go faster!!”
We had to take a tram once. I think it saved her life from a heart attack.
Thanks very much to her, I was able to get on a plane to Narita.
The seat was of a shell-type, even for a very short flight between Incheon and Narita.
I got sweated. It was better taking an economy-class seat directly to Narita without running around. But the seat was, yes, fine. I was able to sleep for 20 minutes.
The plane arrived at Narita at 2:30 PM. I took a bus to Kofu leaving at 2:55 PM. I did not, therefore, loose time by taking a different plane.
I saw Katya and Maya-san at 6:20 PM. At home, Katya served very good borsch.
I gave Katya a neckless. I spread candies on the carpet.
I felt my back tired because of the running with my suitcase.