Annie Lin shares these photos and writes:
On August 2, Mary came to my house to pick-up Jerry and me to go to the Roanoke Regional Airport. We were going to fly to Taiwan for my vacation to visit my family in Taiwan. Jerry’s grandmother’s health condition is worsening. We wanted to see her before bad things happened.
We flew with Delta airline at 8:25 am on August 2. First, we did self-check in, and weighed our bags, then went to upstairs. The Delta staff had not given us our boarding passes, so we needed to go back downstairs to get our boarding passes. After, we showed the passports, Jerry knew what needed to do; he pull all of the stuff in the separate basket, took his shoes off, went to the security door to pass security body check. We were almost the last people in the airplane. Our flight went from Roanoke, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California, then arrived at Taipei, Taiwan. That was a long, long way for 26 hours of travel.
When we arrived in Atlanta, I needed to find our gate number, and as we passed the terminals and found the concourse. I noticed that need foods, so I bought a box of Chinese food at Atlanta airport. We sat at the shopping center chairs of the airport. Jerry really enjoyed his fried chicken, Chinese rice, and noodles. After he finished his food, we left for Los Angeles on the plane. They put us in separate seats, finally a gentleman switched his seat for us.
The plane arrived in Los Angeles and I heard passengers being told about Disney to see Mickey and Minnie, but we needed to get to China Airline for Taipei. That was the other terminal. We followed directions and went to outside to Tom Bradly International Terminal. My goodness, we found China Airline and they said “The departure at 3:55 p.m. is delayed until 5:45 p.m. due to Typhoon in Taipei, Taiwan. I asked the desk, may I have leave a message for my brother-in-law, who is coming to pick us up at Chang Kai-Shek Airport. They said I can leave a message, and they will call to him for me.
The China Airline extended the delay until 6:40 pm. but take off then. Everyone got free Chinese newspaper even if you can’t read it. I got a picture to show my co-workers “It is a Chinese newspaper”. The China Airline staff spoke on the air “We have 12 hours 30 minutes to fly from here to Taipei”, of course, the airplane will fly over the Pacific Ocean. The staff spoke English, Chinese and Taiwanese through out the flight. After the airplane took off for Taipei I had to fill out arrival cards since we held American passports and visas visiting relative 3 weeks.
We had eaten dinner and breakfast on the airplane. finally, at 10:45 pm on August 3 the flight arrived at Chang kai-Shek Airport in Taiwan. We stood in line for immigration check, picked up baggage and passed the arrival exit. I heard someone call my Chinese name and I saw my brother-in-law who came to the airport to bring us home. He said “I told my sister the wrong day.” They came on August 2 to pick us up, but correct day is August 3. On August 2 they had a strong Typhoon in Taiwan. My goodness what’s wrong with me. I really am sorry about it. Anyway, I saw the sign “Welcome to Taiwan.”