I recently spent some time in Chester. I took a few photos while I was there.
It’s Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster). I went into Manchester and took a few photos.
There was a few things happening but most of the activities are happening tomorrow so I’m planning to go out again and hopefully get some more photos.
Earlier today a friend sent me a video featuring a popular children’s song celebrating the new year (see link below). There are numerous versions of this on the Internet.
*** Spoiler Alert *** Nothing much to write about here as I was returning home and travelling all day but here’s what happened.
I got up early, grabbed all my stuff and set off for the train station. I got a train just before 07:00 to Shinagawa where I bought a ticket for the Narita Express. I didn’t understand the different types of tickets available so I got the most basic one. I went to the platform. There were signs on the platform saying that all the seats were reserved. I just got on the front carriage which happened to be a Green Car which is First Class. I was the only one in the car for most of the journey and only a couple of people got on this car at another station. A couple of stations before the airport a conductor entered the car and asked me to pay for an upgrade on my Ticket.
When I got to the airport I headed for the check-in desk and checked in my luggage. I went through security and headed for the departure gate. Before the flight I had a large beer while I was waiting.
The first flight for Zurich left at 11:05 and took over 12 hours.
In Zurich there was not enough security desks open although they opened some more desk after customers complained. The staff were quite rude and complained a lot about customers not following the rules (even though these rules were not explained to anybody). The staff man-handled my external hard disk and cameras. I chose not to argue as I had already heard them threaten another customer with not being able to fly that day.
I had a coffee while I waited at the departure gate for the next flight at 17:10 (local time). I took 2 hours to get to Manchester.
I arrived in Manchester just after 18:00 and collected my luggage then went through the automated security checks and went home by tram. I was a bit tired and chose the wrong ticket from the ticket machine but I spoke to a staff member who changed the ticket for me.
*** Spoiler Alert *** Nothing much to write about here as I was travelling all day but here’s what happened.
I set off from home just before 06:00 and got 2 trams to Manchester Airport. The 08:50 flight was from Manchester to Frankfurt. Check-in and security checks were straight-forward.
At Frankfurt I went straight to the departure gate and waited for the 13:30 flight to Osaka. My luggage was automatically transferred and no additional security checks were required.
On this 11 hour flight I spent my time watching movies. The food and drink provided was good and the service was excellent. The seats on the plane were relatively comfortable although I didn’t manage to get any sleep. Before arriving, passengers were given a couple of immigration forms to complete.