Today I woke up around 8:30 and made my way to breakfast. All our breakfasts in Beijing have been complimentary with our rooms, and it’s a good mix of Western and Eastern cuisine. After breakfast I spent some time finishing packing before going downstairs to say goodbye to all of the Chinese students as they went off back to their homes. During that I managed to get all of my luggage on the bus.
We left the hotel at noon and drove to the airport where we checked in and then waited for our flight to leave at 16:10. We are scheduled to arrive in Chicago around 16:05. The pilot told us that we are actually going to arrive around ten minutes early. Not that it’s much help, because we were supposed to be on the 18:05 flight out of Chicago but through some weird series of events got bumped back to the 21:05 flight that’s not scheduled to land in Dayton until 23:43. On the way onto the plane we had to go through a semi-US-style security screening, which surprised me because China’s security regulations aren’t too terribly different from the US and we had already gone through security once.
On the plane I wrote some blogs and watched four movies, Saving Mr. Banks, Gravity, Big Hero 6, and Sleeping Beauty. United has a thing where you can get free personal entertainment on your electronic devices either through the Internet or through their app. It’s actually pretty nice. For dinner I had the beef meal, and they gave us chocolate cake for dessert. We were happy, because it’s the first proper chocolate cake we’ve had in months!