4321: 4 Cities, 3 Countries, 2 Continents - all in 1 Day
It's a short flight from Saigon to Hong Kong, just 2 1/2 hours. I didn't actually get in to see HongKong; just had a few hours to change planes. The airport there is squeezed between steep mountains of Lantau Island and the sea. Actually, the entire airport was created by bulldozing millions of tons of mountainside out into the ocean. Here's a view from the airplane as we landed:
It's then a 12 hour flight across the Pacific to San Francisco. That's where you cross the International Date line and gain a day. That gave me enough time to take a train into the city and spend a few hours with my daughter Katherine, who works at the San Fransisco Public Library. As I came up at the Civic Center BART Station, the Wednesday Farmers' Market was in full swing.
After a delightful brunch we stopped off at the library where the weekly "Steps Sale" of books was underway. It's an amazing sale, you can purchase any used book for just a dollar!
At the entrance to the library, we ran into these two cute ladies handing out information protesting violence. The woman in the middle is 85 years old and comes from New Orleans. We figured out that she went to Sophie Newcomb College with my mother!
I took the escalator back down into the depths of the Civic Center BART station, and was entertained by this fellow with a pig-nose amp and a handful of 70's guitar rock solos.
A quick two hour flight up the coast to Seattle and an early dinner in the city before I realized that it was still the same day as when I left Saigon. Just enough time to grab the camera for one last photo in the day.
Speaking of grabbing cameras, all photos were taken with the Olympus Pen E-P5, using the 12-40 f/2.8 Pro zoom. The last photo is a panorama composite of three photos merged together. When you travel as much as I do, having a small camera system is very helpful. More on that in my next article...