Thursday, May 7, 2009

Arrival in Mongolia

We arrived in Mongolia close to 11 pm on Wed. May 6th. We were met by President and Sister Andersen who drove us to our apartment in Ulaanbaatar. My first reaction to UB was I’m not sure about this. When we walked up to our apartment, I knew I was in a different country and culture. Things did look better in the light of day.

The flight from Salt Lake City to UB was over 24 hours including layovers. The most difficult problem was in San Francisco where Korean Air did not accept the carry-on limits from Delta. Delta allows a 40 lb. carry-on whereas Korean Air only accepted 24 lb. We ended up buying another small suitcase and dividing one carry-on into two suitcases, one for each of us. Then we checked the other original carry-on and paid Delta’s fee of $200 for a 3rd checked bag. We were glad they didn’t weigh our “personal” item which was a computer bag with two laptops inside.

The service on the flight from San Francisco to Seoul, Korea on Korean Air was great. Incheon Airport in Korea is a very nice airport. Up until that point the trip didn’t seem too long; it was daylight the entire time. But after the wait at the airport and the flight into UB, the trip became long.