2016 Junior School Beijing Tour
30 hours later we were sleeping in Beijing.
There was a quiet buzz of excitement and anticipation in the group assembled at the airport on Sunday night. Proud paparazzi for our farewell haka, hugs and kisses, then final waves of zàijiàn as we moved into the departure area.
The Air NZ 787-9 Dreamliner was just that, eventually. Leo was asleep by the time we were in the air, and it wasn’t long before everyone else dozed off for most of the flight to Singapore. A quick change of planes in Changi for the second leg.
The children were well rested, so after another meal and movie we had arm rests up and 3 rows of blanket cubbies erected – a big sleepover party in international air space! Underneath there were games of cards, regular deliveries of juice, ginger ale and water from the patient flight attendants and plenty of giggles. And when we were close to touch down in Beijing, the whole plane knew about it as the Kristin contingent counted down almost perfectly from 10 to have us safe on the ground to cheers and applause.
James’ bright blue suitcase went home with another passenger returning home quickly from Denmark. She collected it quickly from the carousel and left her own almost identical one spinning around behind. Luckily, she lived less than an hour away and when she made the discovery she returned to the airport as quickly as possible. The children were all fantastically patient after such a long journey, and the traveller was most apologetic, treating everyone to a special box of biscuits each.
From there it was off to our hotel, a late buffet meal and an early bedtime. No complaints from everyone as they settled into their very own hotel rooms, feeling very grown up. And just like 30 hours before, there was a quiet buzz of excitement and anticipation in the group as they headed off to bed.