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Published: June 13th 2019
We awoke to enjoy another amazing breakfast, essentially like the one we described on Day 19 but with slight variations of juices, breads and spreads.
At 10 am our driver came to the hotel to collect us for the one hour drive to Osaka airport. We said goodbye to Kobe and set off. Osaka is a port city. Much of Japan’s heavy industry is in Osaka. We arrived at the airport to catch our Air China flight to Beijing and there to catch the El Al flight home.
We arrived in good time and found the Air China check-in counter. They refused to check our bag through to Tel Aviv. Oh well, good job we have nearly seven hours between flights. We went through security and then went to the Air China lounge. When we got there we found that the plane was delayed. We later found out that there were thunder storms in Beijing and no planes were landing or taking off.
We sat waiting for the plane, and we waited and we waited. Eventually we decided to phone El Al to find out what we should do. It was suggested that when we landed at Beijing
we should forget about our bags and just run to the El Al desk. That wasn’t very helpful as it looked like we were going to miss our plane. The next El Al flight from Beijing was on Thursday (a four day delay) and we hadn’t got visas. At this point I should say that we originally booked the Tuesday flight to Tel Aviv but were thrown off that when they cancelled the flight two months ago.
We were on the phone trying to organise a flight to Hong Kong and then the Monday flight to Tel Aviv, when a wonderful representative of Japan Air Lines who was supporting Air China came to see us. She told us that we could not stay in China because we had no visas. She spent time on the phone to Air China and waited until we had organised our hotel for the night and our flights the next day. She spent so much time with us that she was late going home. She was supposed to finish work at 5 pm but it was 7 pm before she was able to lead us through the airport, through security and to collect our suitcases. By the time we had sorted this out the flight to Beijing had just been called for boarding!
We stayed overnight at the Nikko Kansai Airport hotel, just a walk across from the terminal. When we got up to our room we found this ginormous suite with three beds. There was a dressing room, and a bathroom and smack bang in the middle of the room a “love couch”. We had run out of pot noodles so it was down to the restaurant to scavenge for something to eat! We had an early night so that we could arise early, have coffee and check in early at the airport.
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