My flights were uneventful, except for a slight weight issue on my Evansville outbound flight. A couple people were asked to move towards the back for weight distribution in a nearly full flight, and I began to think they might start shuffling us around by weight.

I had a long layover in Detroit, which i spent mostly grazing on free food and drink in the Delta Sky Club. I can’t really sit around that long, so I took about a 45 minute walk up and down the airport trying to kill time. We finally boarded an Airbus A330-200 at about 4:30 Eastern for what ended up being a 13 hour flight to Nagoya. We had a nice tailwind that cut an hour off the trip. During this flight, a Japanese stewardess came by and said, “You like baseball? Cubs win!” The flight was smooth and steady; very little turbulence. I had a decent meal and took a couple hour nap to prepare for the time change.

We landed at about 7:30 pm and I was immediately excited about the culture: tons of people milling about, foreign languages on all the signage. I had to figure out how to use the ATMs, trains and taxis just to get to the hotel. Luckily I’m traveling with people who have been here before, but I have to prepare for being out on my own soon, and for future trips.

I’m staying at the Hilton Nagoya, on the 17th floor. It’s a nice hotel and my view looks out over the city.

Hilton Nagoya

The room is nice and the people here are very friendly and helpful. I’ll be heading in to work tomorrow, but I have big plans for the weekend.