T-Minus-10 Hours and Counting.....
Well it has
finally arrived. Less than 10 hours before departure to the Airport,
and still so much to do. Just a few items on the checklist for today:
1. Finalize and check all baggage. Pack carry-on computer bag and backpack.
2. Confirm transportation to Airport & Flight Times
3. Check to make sure all windows locked in home.
4. Clean out refrigerator for things that might spoil
5. UGH......small ants invaded my home in the last 7 days. Got to make sure that these pests are taken care of today!
6. Unplug all unnecessary items from electrical outlets
Did you know that anything plugged into an outlet even IF it is NOT
turned on still drains a small amount of electricity. If you are going
to be gone for more than a week or so, it might be a good idea to unplug
as much as possible
7. Give out two Italian Greyhounds flea treatment.
8. Water Plants
you know that you can take a normal empty plastic water bottle to water
your plants gradually over time??? Just punch a small hole/slot with a
knife or pointed scissors (but not a large hole!!!!... and then fill the
bottle to the top. Water your plant soil thoroughly and then turn the
plastic bottle upside down and push into the soil. At first there will
be some bubbles and that is a good sign, but then it should stop UNLESS
you punched a large hole/slot. Once the soil dries, the water will
begin to flow into the soil until the soil is moist and it should stop
until the soil is dry again. It is best to test your cap over night.
If the bottle is still almost full, then you are good to go. If the
bottle is empty, replace the cap with a smaller hole/slot, and empty
excess water from plant if possible.
9. Collect chargers for iPAD, Phones, laptop, etc. I will carry these in my backpack.
10. Prepare our Italian Greyhounds (IGGYS) for travel....food, treats, clean bedding in cages, etc.
won't bore you with the rest, but double check your checklist hours
before departure to the airport just to make sure you are ready to go.
a 12-13 hour flight to Taiwan from California because of the prevailing
head winds. Our return flight will only be about 10-11 hours because
of the tail winds
It's about 11 am Sunday in
California, and in Taipei, Taiwan, it is 1 am Monday morning. I have to
remember to set my dual time zone watch so I can keep track of this
Taipei is a modern City with
tremendous energy and excitement. Great Food, excellent shopping, and
active people everywhere. We will be landing in Taoyuan International
Airport in Taoyuan city. Several years ago it changed its name form the
Kai-shek international airport. Chiang Kai-shek was a leader and
powerful general that helped China defeat the Japanese occupation in
1945. For political reasons, he led his party into a Chinese Civil war
afterwards until they retreated to Taiwan in 1949. He was the leader
and President of Taiwan until his death in 1975.
modern airport is about an hour + drive to downtown Taipei. When we
arrive, we have to reunite with our IGGYS and wait for them to be picked
up by the Quarantine Officer. He will transport the dogs to the
quarantine center. After we get settled in our room, we have to go pick
up the cages from the Quarantine facility, and spend a little time with
our dogs. (only 1 hour per day). We have left them in kennels/dog
resorts before for a few weeks, so I am sure they will be just fine.
we get our internet connection established, I will give you an update.
I will share with you our adventures in Taipei including sights, food
and much more. Stay tuned!