To make leaving Koh Samui even more difficult, its airport turned out to be the nicest one we've ever seen. And we've seen a lot of airports! Check out the outdoor Koh Samui airport terminal:
After a quick flight to Bangkok we checked in for our flight to Los Angeles. We chose Eva Air for a few reasons:
1) Cool name, obviously
2) Reports of decent leg room
3) Reasonable price & flight times
4) They have a plane painted in a Hello Kitty theme!
Neither of us are Hello Kitty fans but we liked the idea of getting the Hello Kitty themed plane, envisioning pink seats and kitty themed snacks. When you travel as much as we do, these types of gimmicks actually work. One of us was a lot more excited than the other. Let's just say that the first question Chris asked upon check in was if we got the Hello Kitty plane:) Sadly, we did not. But the flight was fantastic. We got a row to ourselves, watched lots of movies and even got to check out the Taipei airport during our connection (more Hello Kitty). Also, incredibly, the food on the plane was delicious - what kind of airline is this?
We spent five days in LA, adjusting to being back in the western hemisphere. Luckily we got to see some good friends and family while in LA, making it a very memorable stop on our journey! Hopefully we weren't too out of it due to the jet lag.
Since we were either snoozing, catching up with friends, or avoiding the rain, we didn't spend a lot of time outdoors. This was disappointing since I love taking pictures in California. To me, it offers the same dramatic landscapes that I've found in South Africa, New Zealand and Peru. Here are a few random shots, all taken with my phone.