In the pictures: Taipei City Hall, where people are showing their best efforts in preparing for the Universiade 2017. I really look forward to watch the games there X”D
From Taoyuan Airport, I took the City Air Bus (Bus Code: 1960) to the Taipei City Hall. The last station is right next to this building yet the weather was so lovely that I decided to get off some stations earlier – at the Taipei 101 – and take a little walk there. It normally doesn’t look like a good idea to walk around with a suitcase yet I just felt as wonderful as I was taking my puppy out for a stroll haha. The hall seems quite interesting, I think I’ll take another visit soon (without my 20-kg puppy XD).
About my flight (which is not the worst one I’ve taken, but surely the weirdest one):
- I was placed at the emergency exit row and therefore could NOT keep anything with me in front or under my seat. The light attendant simply took everything I had and put it in the luggage compartment. I had to make a little effort so that they give me back my phone, wallet and passport T____T Yet I couldn’t just hold everything in my hands during the flight so I had to take off my coat and wrapped it around these things to form a small pillow then hugged it or put it under my neck sometimes. The guy next to me was even in a worse situation. He was given some handicraft gifts from his friends and didn’t want them to get damaged in the luggage compartment so he stayed up all night holding them in his hands… T___T I used to think I have no problems with whichever seat they give me, but this time I was proved wrong. So, mental note: next time you’re on a cheap flight, pay some more bucks to get a good seat T_T
- There was this weirdo who kept on standing up, opening all the luggage compartments nearby his seat (which was unfortunately very close to mine) and looking inside. The thing was that he left the compartment open and move to another one, and then another one. I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if the plan was shaking and some suitcases fell down. I wanted to alert the crew about this but they were nowhere to be seen and there was no button to call them… Okay, cheap flights have its drawbacks… The third time this guy stood up and began his crazy action again, I told him to find the flight attendants to help instead of doing it on his own. He gave me a dark look which should have been threatening if I were a kid X”D At that time a crew member finally showed up and the man was led back to his seat. But after she was gone, he stood up again (!), coming to my place, opening up the compartment right above me and slamming the lift back, casting me a dark look to give me a threat that works with kids again. Nice try, weirdo LOL
- When we landed, all the customs counters were closed and we had to wait 1,5 hours to finally finish the flight.
Despite all of these, I was (and am) extremely happy to be in Taipei.
My arms still hurt a bit but mentally, after a sleep from 8 PM – 2AM, I now feel better than ever XD
2 thoughts on “Taipei City Hall (and some details about the weirdest flight I’ve ever taken)”
Definitely a bizarre flight!
Have you read any of the advice on Quora about how to handle situations where people ask you to trade your good seat for their crappy seat? Some of the advice is pretty good.
A related note: those exit row seats that you describe are generally considered to be desirable–typically you have to pay extra for them, because of the extra legroom. One thing that you have to be careful about is that there’s usually a row of similar extra-legroom seats right behind the “kitchen.” However: there’s also a set of hooks on the bulkhead there for connecting a crib for a baby, and it’s not unusual for the stewardesses to ask the people who were assigned those seats to move out of them so that a couple with an infant can move into them. If the couple didn’t know that they should have booked those seats in the first place, their original seats were probably pretty crappy, and that’s where you’re going to get moved to. So: it is indeed often worth paying extra for a seat with extra room, but don’t pay extra for the “bulkhead seats,” because you may lose them.
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Thank you for the suggestions!