We finally made it out of Central Asia after some flight problems! Right now we are hanging out in the very nice Incheon Airport in Seoul for our very long layover. We were scheduled to leave Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday. After some issues – car broke down, almost out of fuel, extremely thick fog that prevented us from seeing anything 2 meters away, etc. – we finally made it to the airport at 7:30am, only to find our flight delayed. We then sat in the airport, a pretty barren airport, waiting until 2:30pm to learn that our flight was canceled. After talking with the airlines representative to no avail, we returned to the city of Bishkek to the travel agency. By God’s grace we were able to get a new itinerary for no charge! And we were able to get cheap accommodation for 2 nights and to spend 2 evenings with good friends for some quality time. God is so good!
Yesterday we tried again to leave Kyrgyzstan and succeeded! Let me say a word about Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan, our first stop. They put us first in this transit hall that looks nothing like an airport terminal, but a huge old banquet hall or something like that (huge fake-marble columns, high ceiling, balcony, etc.). After a few hours, some guy took Mark and I (we were the only 2 transiting to Seoul) to the regular terminal and took care of everything for us, including checking us in, getting us boarding passes and making sure our luggage was ok.
We will be in this airport for another 7 hours. It’s going to be a long day. But we are so looking forward to being in Taiwan. I have not been back to Taiwan for more than 4 years now. It’ll be good to see some friends and for Mark to meet some of my family for the first time. Of course, we are also pretty excited about Taiwanese food that awaits us.