The day started out lazy because we had nothing to do but finish packing by 9 am and get to the airport (15 minutes away) for our 11:50am flight. It turns out that to get to Delhi to catch our home-bound planes, most days you have to fly through Katmandu. Not bad, but each flight was delayed and one pair of our group was staying on in India and needed to get to the train station for an overnight trip. Lucky for them, the train was late and they got on only a minute before it departed. We were amazed that they made it and glad they let us know they did.
We transferred to a nearby airport hotel, where we stayed until 12:30 am to get to the airport for our 4:15am flight. We changed planes in Dubai (and handed over all electronics bigger than a cell phone – including an electric toothbrush! -- for a separate check in process-- to meet TSA concerns about bombs in tablets, kindles, and pcs-- with collection in San Francisco). Emirates had had a half price upgrade to business with lay-flat seats when we checked in for the 15+ hr portion of the trip, so we went for it. What a contrast to the cheap seats! Too bad flying like that all the time would seriously curtail the number of trips we could afford to take.
We also got to try our our global entry membership and dashed through immigration in minutes. The priority bags (ours) didn’t even start to appear for about 10 minutes after we got to the baggage carousel.
So we are home now, trying to catch up and recover.
Watch this space…. The next trip is 6/10 to Sicily.