Thursday, September 1, 2005. Our departure from New York's Kennedy Airport on Japan Air Lines was exactly on time. The flight was non-stop to Tokyo taking us north over Canada and Alaska and surely above the Arctic Circle. As we cross the Bering Sea we pass the International Date Line and suddenly find ourselves in Friday! It is really hard to keep track of time as it stays daylight for the entire flight. We then proceeded south alongside the Kamchatka Peninsula of eastern Russia landing in Tokyo only 5 minutes past our scheduled arrival time on Friday. An easy change was made to our connecting flight to Beijing where we also arrived on time.
We are a retired American couple in our early 70's who enjoy traveling the world and seeing new and exciting cultures. We have visited all 7 continents and about 75 countries. We live in Maryland during the summer and Florida (snowbirds!) during the winter. Unfortunately, due to a heart attack on Christmas morning of 2007 our desires to be locked into a long aluminum tube for hours on end has waned. It looks like our days of international travel have come to an end. We are so happy that we had the opportunity to see so much when we were able. Now we will sit back and enjoy the blogs of o... full info