Friday, March 14, 2014

A Time to Travel

Right now, I'm in a season of travel.  My job sends me to Asia twice a year, and has for the past 13 years.  It's hard on my family, but I tell myself it's just a season, there will come a day when I won't travel to Asia anymore and when that day comes, I'm sure I'll miss it. 

My mom worries when I come here, I'm sure because it's so far away.  I actually feel very safe when traveling to Asia, but she's right, it is so very far away and it takes quite a bit of effort to come here.

In this particular trip, I left for LA on Wednesday which started with a 3:15am wake up call and a 1.5 hour drive to Baltimore.  I expected my husband to just drop me off at the front door because that's faster and I'm practical that way.  He surprised me by parking.  He wanted to walk me inside and take his time saying goodbye.  That's one of the things I love about my husband, he's rarely in a hurry, he takes his time with things and in a relationship, especially with a go-go-go wife, it can be a very good thing. 

The flight to LA is 5 hours and I sleep most of the flight.  Upon landing I find the terminal is vastly updated since I was last here and there are some amazing food places.  Breakfast at a place called Klatch's followed by a walk around the terminal to look at trendy toy stores before my boss flies in.

The rest of the day is spent with my boss and going to meetings.  It's pleasant and we end at a most amazing hotel that I wish we had more time to enjoy - Langham in Pasadena.  I told my husband later that it was such an incredible spa hotel that we must come back together for a weekend some day.  He asked me what are the things that make a 5 star hotel any different from our typical 2 star hotels that we stay at on vacation so I made a short list:

1.  They give you bathrobes and slippers
2.  Very nice toiletries
3.  Expensive restaurants and full spa menu
4.  Room service - which even for just one pot of tea will cost $18
5.  Gorgeous pool and hot tub
6.  Beautiful flower gardens to walk through (really regret not waking up earlier to do this)

Here are some photos from this hotel:






Next stop, Hong Kong.

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