I’m back in my hometown of Chengdu for the first time in two years! This time around, I flew from Vancouver BC, instead of Seattle. It turns out that flights from Seattle are significantly more expensive than those from Canada. I reckon that it must be a monopoly that the airlines have.
We stopped in Shenyang after a ten-hour flight, which was ten hours too much of flying. Add that to a four-hour segment to Chengdu, and I was exhausted by the time I arrived.
The forecast for this entire week looks incredibly intimidating. High temperatures are in the mid-90s, and lows don’t drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. What is surprising though is that it’s not sunny. Chengdu seems to be always enveloped in a light blanket of fog, limiting visibility on the ground and in the sky. It’s not as bad as some parts of China, but still gives the city a hazy feel.
One thing I can’t complain about is the view from this apartment. We have windows in nearly every direction, looking out onto the plaza below.
I’m still getting used to the jet lag, waking up 5AM local time. When I was young, jet lag was no problem, but now it takes me a few days to get used to it.