26.07.2007 - 26.07.2007 45 °C
I left the office in a hurry to catch a morning flight to Washington, and then a 14 hour journey before arriving at International Airport Dulles (IAD). After a one and a half hour delay in Qatar and 14 hours flying across the Mediterranean, European Continent and the Atlantic Ocean we finally arrived in the US.
Before entering US, we need to go through customs, and the system takes a very long time to get through, as they check for everything.... I have traveled to many places, and this is the only place that is so complicated and it doesn't go smoothly. It was pretty smooth in London last year; Washington International Airport was no way near London Heathrow on efficiency.
Going through custom took almost 2 hours, so the luggage should have been there waiting for me, but there's no sign of my suitcase as all black suitcases look the same.It took me another hour to find my suitcase. I was panicking and thinking that all my travel equipment i.e. camera and lenses might be lost and how could I replace them especially for this trip.
Anyway, I managed to get out of the airport, which to me was not impressive at all. It's a bit dated compared to other airports in Asia as well as Europe.
Hank was there waiting for me and we managed to take a little tour of Georgetown, a suburb of Washington and have supper in an Italian Restaurant: Paper Moon. Too bad I didn't bring my camera