Beijing, China


Layover in Beijing, China — December 26, 2013


Air China delay — December 25, 2013

A rather curious chain of events involving a last minute seat change combined with a faulty airplane brake (that subsequently popped our huge landing gear tire) forced a nine hour delay which later allowed for a gorgeous, 3am mid-flight view of the northern lights in all their spectacular and ghostly might from my little ovalish window some 33,000 feet above a wintery Nome, Alaska. It was a first for me and incredible and this bit of magic made the 5 hours sitting on the Tarmac totally worth it! Unexpected delays can have their benefit.